At the time of our order, the price was significantly reduced for Christmas. This, of course, was a plus. I resented that the AC Adaptor was not included and, at $10.99, feel it's a significant increase to the bottom-line. But, considering the alternative of FOUR "C" batteries, I don't regret the purchase. Regarding the product itself? I'd recommend it. I think the globe in itself is worth the money. I do feel my 8-year old might be a bit young for the quizes. The questions are very challenging (even for myself at 40+) and he can get very frustrated. I think it's important to take the approach that it is a "learning" tool vs. the child expecting to show off all their geographical knowledge! The device does have a help option which often gives you additional "clues", it has the ability to repeat questions which helps to pick up the various nuances of the questions and you can choose an answer response time (up to 2 minutes)! I would encourage the child to take advantage of all of these options inorder to respond more effectively. I do wish the device would go a "step beyond" and tell you what the correct answer is! In cases other than multiple choice it just mentions you're wrong. It would be nice to know why!