I have to start by saying that I have never purchased a value pack. I own just a small HP photo printer that I bought in 2007, and to date, August 2011, has been reliable and given me zero trouble. I use it frequently, as well, as I am scrapbooker. I love the convenience of having my own printer, even if it gets slightly pricy to print, so I was pleased to learn from one of the earlier reviews that the ink cartridge in the value pack lasts longer than when purchased separately. Unfortunately, as nearly as I can tell, the value pack only comes with glossy paper. I don't care for the glossy finish and only use semi-gloss, so that is the reason I have not purchased a value pack. I wish they would make other paper finish options available. I would love the advantage of having more prints per cartridge that seems to be available when purchased with the paper.