In spite of IE's shortcomings fonts look better in IE (font smoothing?).
1 Why doesn't FF and others do whatever it is that IE is doing in this regard?
2 The font on this site looks good in FF! This is probably a normal web font (Arial?) made to look better with css? Normally I can swipe a look at the css page to see how the font etc has been dictated but in the following site I can't understand the style sheet or haven't sussed which one!!
Hm, perhaps it depends on the font, but I've not seen prices like that on fontDeck. Their prominent rival, TypeKit, charges a flat fee per year of around $50, but then you can use all the fonts you like. It really depends on your circumstances which is better. But I always first check to see if a font (or a similar one) is available at FontSquirrel, as they are free there.