I purchased this for my son's upcoming birthday party since I always rent either a snow cone or cotton candy machine anyway and for the price I could not pass it up. I recieved it within 3days! I have had it only since last Thursday and have used it several times. My kids love it! To be honest, I think I found something to curb my daughters snacking problems. I have been just making her the shreaded ice without the syrup and she has been loving it! everytime she asks for a snack I give her that. So far, its worked! :-) Its very light and compact. Extremely easy to clean. Just an FYI I ordered the syrups and cups on ebay.