I replaced my 18-55mm non-VR lens against this because I wanted to be able to take pictures in available light, which I had repeatedly failed with non-VR version. (35mm/1.8 wideangle was not enough.)
The lens is good - VR provides approximately 2 steps. I set the camera to shutter priority 1/15, auto ISO and sharp images throughout the zoom range.
As I mentioned above - the only reason I replaced my kit lens (for D40) against this is that I have on several occasions with 18-55 wished I'd had VR. The price and the lens must be seen in relation to the maximum incremental improvement booty gives, if you, like me, already have an 18-55mm lens.
For "swappers": Good value at 999, -, but I would not give more than 1200 - for that, and in both cases only if I was 100% sure it was the VR I wanted, and not a faster lens eg Nikon 35mm/1.8.
For others: easy and affordable lens. A lens to take when you do not know which lens to take with.