Yup, it was pretty pricey. I paid 50.00 for the winder and 90.00 (Canadian) for the swift. But, I just got a scholarship and since the term is almost over and this is my last term, we decided to spend it. I have wanted one for months now and I am so pleased with it. I had about 15 skiens that needed winding and it took me about 30 minutes to do them all
They are so nice to knit from!! I had some yarn that was a mohair/ribbon blend and it was coming out of the hand wound ball at different rates and getting tangled, but now that it is wound, its not. Oh happy me.
Hope that answers your question.