Username Post: Die Cut Machines        (Topic#1593713)
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Hello!

I recently purchased a Cricut Expression 2 on a whim, which I do not usually do. I had a project to do and was only really familiar with the Cricut name and the store only had Cricut on display. I was not unhappy with the machine itself, but became aware of the Silhouette Cameo and started doing some research.

Unfortunately, it looked like the Cameo may have been a better fit for me, not being a hard core crafter and not wanting to purchase lots of carts. Then, out of the blue, I discovered there was a new Cricut coming out called the Explore and it appears to be similar to a Cameo?

I am so confused and running out of time to get a refund on the Expression 2 if I were to want to get a Cameo or Explore. I don't craft enough to justify having multiple machines. I am having a hard time understanding all the technical terms and features of the machines.

Any advice would be helpful and appreciated! Thanks in advance!

~J



Edited by shojen03 on 01-23-14 08:28 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
ChansGram
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In response to shojen03

Seeings as the Explore is new, not even out yet, it is kinda hard to actually compare the 2 - but I would go with the Cameo. I have all but 1 of the Cricuts and I have the Cameo.
Hands down, if I was forced to only have one, it would be the Cameo.


 
New Kid On the Block
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In response to ChansGram

I know it's hard to say. It looked like maybe the Explore was supposed to be comparable to Cameo- have some of the same functions.. I wish I was more knowledgeable about this stuff! Thanks for the reply!


 
mindygail
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In response to shojen03

I have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM also!!!I like my cricut but I recently heard about the silowet cameo (bad spelling oops) but it is too late for me to take it back!!!! what is the differecnce???
thanks,
mg


 
aquabunny
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In response to mindygail

Well, one difference is that the Silhouette Cameo is made by a company that's been making this type of cutter for years (and is a subsidiary of a company that has been making this type of cutter, on a larger scale for business and industry use, for literally decades), and the Cricut Explore is made by a company that fails to deliver on their promises of all the great stuff their machines will be able to do, and which has a history of obsoleting their own products in a rather brief amount of time.


 
ddcmsmom
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In response to shojen03

I've been using the Silhouette SD (which came before the Cameo) for about 4 years now. I love it, and based on my experience with it, I'd get the Cameo. My sister got a Cameo a year ago, and she's been very happy with it.


 
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In response to ddcmsmom

I did a TON of research before purchasing my Silhouette Cameo. At first, I thought the cricut was the go to option because I've been hearing that name on youtube videos for forever, but once I started doing research, I realized that the Cameo was by far the best option for me.

Primarily because I can cut all of my own graphics files, plus I can buy if desired anything from their Silhouette Studio online store for usually .99 cents sometimes less. Whole font packages are only 3 dollars and are often on sale for less AND you can use your new fonts in ANY application!

Also, I signed up for the Silhouette premium subscription plan, so I pay 16 dollars a month (I bought it at their new year sale normally it is 19 a month i think) and I get 150 dollars in downloads per month and it rolls over if you don't use all of it.

If you aren't into collecting lots of expensive cartridges, I would take the Cricut back and get a cameo!

good luck!


 
jaxxan
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In response to thatchej

I agree that Provo Craft's record of new product launches is that the product does;t work as promised. If you need it for a project I think the safer bet would be the Cameo. While there is a chance you could have problem the Cameo has been around long enough with a good enough track record that the kinks should be worked out.



 
mindygail
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In response to jaxxan

ditto- cameo all the way!
my cricut mat gets all unsticky!(that make any sense not even a word)


 
lemondropmemories
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In response to mindygail

So far, the Explore IS working as promised (they have a new CEO, you know, and he is amazing at keeping his promises and doing his best to make sure the company keeps its promises)


 
lcalderone
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  • aquabunny Said:
Well, one difference is that the Silhouette Cameo is made by a company that's been making this type of cutter for years (and is a subsidiary of a company that has been making this type of cutter, on a larger scale for business and industry use, for literally decades), and the Cricut Explore is made by a company that fails to deliver on their promises of all the great stuff their machines will be able to do, and which has a history of obsoleting their own products in a rather brief amount of time.


I'd buy the Cameo!


Edited by lcalderone on 04-10-14 12:58 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
paperkrafter4life
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In response to lcalderone

I don't want to be hooked up to a computer do that enough anyway so am sticking with my
Cricut Expression and my Gypsy.
I love Cricut......

I also started buying cartridges on ebay way way back when and got them all cheap, I have 225 in my collection so can cut anything I need..........and also enjoy helping others out if they need a certain cut................no charge.


Edited by paperkrafter4life on 07-23-14 07:45 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
southgirl
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In response to paperkrafter4life

I agree with aquabunny and papercrafterforlife. My Cricut has been my go to cutter. I have never liked the idea of connecting my cutter to a computer. Cricut has been both good and bad to it's buyers. If I call them with a problem they will pretty much fix it. BUT their launches for new stuff is too soon and they never get the bugs worked out.

That being said IF I buy another cutter (and that means my Cricut died) a Scan N cut will be what I will purchase.


 
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