sorry folks, i have no idea what the price was anymore...
if you primarily nurse, but want to make sure that there is human milk available when you are away for limited periods, this is really all that you need. the suction easily produces let down at your own pace. for my purposes, sometimes 3-5 times a day and up to 2 days a week, i was able to ensure that my daughter never needed a supplement while i was away. it worked perfectly for me for almost a year and a half of my nursing time.
save your money if you can, but buy medela because it is the best in the market.
a similar manual pump from another brand was far inferior to this model and i actually just threw it away since it was a second shot at the whole idea.
so, save your time too and buy the medela product that meets your needs.