I'm just not feeling it...I just don't get it. I'm still scratching my head at the big news that came from CHA in Los Angeles today. FREE online cut file editing software from Cricut (yes I said Free and Cricut in the same sentence...get up dang it, there's no passing out!) . Much like Design Studio, except it's only available through the internet.
So I'm watching the video, reading the comments of such excited (and most likely broke) people. BECAUSE YOU STILL NEED THE CARTRIDGES TO CUT THEM WITH YOUR CRICUT! Why such excitement when you can pay a little bit up front and get literally hundreds of free SVG's and whole sets of SVG's for about $6.00!? OH don't forget you can make your own SVG's from Sure Cuts Alot, too. So I fail to see why this is such a NEW thing. In fact it's much like paying the registration on your car and then you get news from the the Auto Club-"Guess what YOU GET to DRIVE on the STREET, aren't we sweet to let you do that?".
But I hear you say well I use my cricut and don't have the opportunity to get on line so I use Design Studio or my gypsy. Well my little netbook has been cranking along and I've used it just fine without a internet connection, cut what I wanted, in the way I wanted, and I can say honestly that I've spent LESS than $50.00 on Svg's in the last year and 1/2, the rest were free. I've saved all my Svg's and fonts, so if I lose them I just plug them back into my computer. What happens if you lose or break the cartridge? Can you go back to Michaels or even Provo craft and get another cartridge? Yah I can hear them laughing over here. Now compare SVGCuts.com or Lettering Delights, I accidentally erased a extracted file, did I cry? Nope all I did was go back on line and download it again. You see that's the difference, we have real people that are REALLY trying to help you in this SCAL business. And the tech support at SCAL helped me out when I kept screwing up my installation. They didn't have to, they just did it. Now I'm sure there are very sweet people at ProvoCraft, I know there are. However whoever prices these cartridges out needs to understand that for ONE cartridge, $80.00 retail is out of reach for most. Yes I know you can go to OhmyCrafts or many others, for that matter, but I have to say that I know I've retrieved (and had a good time doing it) more SVG's in one day than what is available on ONE cartridge. Realize also that I've not even mentioned the free fonts you can download.
So do the math, read the blogs that I follow, go to the forums that specialize in SVG's and other cut files, really do the research before you go to that big craft store that ran your little mom and pop craft store out of town, and plunk down $80 for a cartridge. Then come back and pick up your free cut files from me:)