I don't buy them on eBay unless they are new and still in the original package. I don't want to take the chance of buying ones that have been linked. I am really spoiled to CCR and don't EVEN want to go back to the old way of using the individual cartridges.
A lot of ebay buyers buy things in bulk or go to yard sales and buy everything people have. Those who did not actually use and buy the Cricut cartridges do not know if they have been linked or not.
I think a lot of people who sell on ebay but them at estate sales or they buy carloads of stuff at auctions.
When I was looking for the Blackletter cartridge (I bought it on ebay new in the package), I noticed at least a half dozen auctions with a batch of cartridges - one person had about 20 Cricut cartridge auctions going on with 10 or 20 cartridges in each one and in big letters on each auction "I don't know if these have been linked".
Yes! And they throw in free cartridges constantly to use. I noticed there are several Halloween ones in my list now.
It has actually made my Cricut fun!
One of the free cartridges right now has gears and things on it. I would love to buy that one but can't find one with the gears like that on it. I don't have a layout for it right now but I love it. I keep checking to see if it is on a cart that may come available.
You can link up your cartridges (even if they are on your gypsy but not anybody else's gypsy - that won't work) and load them. So easy just to have your cartridges listed and if you hover the mouse over the name you see what is on it.
If you type in something like "cat" you get every cat image on every cartridge. If its yours you just use it. If its not on one of your cartridges or one of their free things when you cut the image they will tell you that you don't have that cart linked - do you want to buy it.
Sometimes I do - sometimes I go find another image that is as good or better.
I just saw on the Cricut site that they will not be doing anymore updates for Design Studio or adding new cartridges after April 11, 2013. They will still offer support but it looks like it is being phased out.
I've heard that the gypsy is being faced out too - don't remember where I heard it but I did hear the gypsies are on their way out although they will still support them for a while.
I have the Design Studio, as well, and I hated it. I put it away and took it off of my computer. I didn't find it user friendly, at all. The Craft Room is another story. I love, love, love it! I am able to access all of my cartridges at once and see how my designs are going to appear on my page--in their ratio to the pictures. I hope they leave this site up forever!!!
The gears cartridge I mentioned earlier disappeared from my free stuff so I called. They have a craftroom exclusive called "gears" with all of them on it because there was such a request for them. Its $4.99 and I just ordered it. Doesn't have much on it but it does have a lot of cool gears and can use them for layouts for my husband and sons.
They confirmed the gypsy is going away - she said they don't even manufacturer them anymore.
I have seen on many posts that when people downloaded craft room that they had all kinds of issues and even messed their cricut up where they couldn't use even just the cartridges. Have any of you had any problems or have you heard of this as well? That is the main reason I haven't downloaded it? Is it safe to try? You guys make it sound so fun.