Well, I was on the fence about paying so much for presets and I finally decided to risk $119. There is NOTHING in those presets that you can't do yourself, no magic sauce... I could have spent my own time creating these presets but I think it would have taken a great deal of my time, time that would be taken away from other things. What is my time worth in this context? So I decided to part with $119 instead of the indeterminate number of hours in front of LR experimenting with preset settings.
Observations and thoughts:
I recently started working on a website of my work, I immediately recognized that my work needs to have a consistency in processing,at least within projects. I could care less whether a VSCO preset faithfully reproduces a particular film, but the presets in film 01 do a pleasing and pleasant job without over processing. I can do without the grain though on low iso shots.
They really speed up my work, there are presets that tweak the initial processing in subtle yet meaningful ways.
I know how to use all the sliders in LR. And I can still go there.
I have Nik color Efex pro. The round trip through there is time consuming and the presets in "film" seem overdone. VSCO is a much faster adjustment.
For monochrome, Silver Efex Pro is clearly superior. IMHO.
I will surely settle on just a couple of "film" styles and the "tweaks"
I'm not a photographer that pays my mortgage with my photographs, but if production speed were crucial, a LR workflow with presets of some sort would seem an obvious part of the workflow for both speed and consistency.
More than a few very successful photographer both now and in the past let all processing and printing to their assistants. An assistant is a very expensive "preset". VSCO costs a lot less than that.