I have VcarvePro and PhotoVcarve. Great software. Very easy to lean and and deceptively powerful.
If they are recommending Vcarvepro to you it is not because they want more money. If they wanted only your money they would have suggested Aspire. If you do not want to carve 2.5 (some people call it 3D releaf) VcarvePro is your answer. Never regreted my purchase of Vectric software and if I had the extra money right now I would get Aspire.
If you have not already done so, download their demo software. All the options are enabled so you can get a good idea of what it can do, you are just limited to the example files they include for carving.