Be careful of some of the cheap plotters as they are very problematic and there's virtually no manufacturer support for them and many times you're stuck using the cutting software that comes with these plotters as they don't have printer drivers. After much research, I bought a GCC Expert 24 plotter 2 years ago for $450 and it works great. Roland and Graphtec are the best, but are very pricey. I've heard good things about the Silhouette Cameo, but it only cuts to 12" wide. The GCC cuts to 24" wide.
I have a silhouette cameo and its a great little machine. It does only cut 12" wide but for what I use it for (i.e hard hat mainly) its perfect. I do for see a bigger one in the future as I progress. Google coupons for it also, I got my cameo for $219 + shipping. Good luck on your search.
I think I'm gonna go with the silhouette cameo, for the price and what I want to do. It'll be perfect. I like how I'll be able to use it for different material. Not just vinyl but other non adhesive materials for stencils.
So far love the cameo. Have to get more used to it, but fairly easy to use, might even be able to sell some decals soon , maybe I'll make back some of the costs to buy it. I have cut vinyl for decoration at home, dura-lar for stencils, and paper.
Alas!, it was not broken! I just happened to grab the old cutting mat and the blade kept getting stuck!!! No worries, all is good, I like the cameo again!!! Still though, I found little online support for the product.