No doubt about it: the bulk is a better deal. But there seem to be differences between the tinned and bulk versions. My experience with MB bulks so far is good, but not perfect. They look and smoke like their tinned counterparts, and are a lot less expensive. But their pouch notes aren't the same. Close, but not identical. For example, tinned Mixture Scottish Blend smells like honey. However in bulk it smells like Scotch. The Va. No. 1 also smells like honey in the tin, but less so in bulk: more of a hay-like fragrance. Maybe I got bad batches. Though I wouldn't really call them bad, because they smoke and taste perfectly fine. Just not as good as the tinned versions. If you have experience buying MB in different formats (tinned, bulk, bagged), it'd be great to hear about it. Especially if you've found there's no difference. Maybe it depends on which vendor it's coming from.