I have a cricut gypsy and i made the mistake of linking a bunch of cartridges to it I have never used it because i simply can't see the screen well enough. I liked the old computer software for designing but i don't think they have maintained that. Does my gypsy have any value and if i sell it do i need to unlink the cartridges. Any idea if this is possible. I don't want to break any rules or laws.
A page on their website states: "While we are dedicated to providing ongoing support and repair options for the Cricut Gypsy™ device, we have made the decision to stop production on the current Cricut Gypsy™ model. [...] We will still offer support and content updates for the Cricut Gypsy™ device." (source: http://www.cricut.com/home/support/gypsy-re pair/) That'd be why used ones sell for so much.
The old software, Design Studio, is still supported but is no longer updated for new cartridges since April 2013. A new free program, similar to Design Studio, is now available, called Cricut Craft Room, but it requires an active internet connection in order to design and cut. I don't use it (I still use Design Studio), but I've read good things about it from other people here.
I don't believe it's possible to unlink carts from a Gypsy, but people sell them with the linked carts all the time.
As far as I have been able to learn, you cannot unlink carts from the Gypsy. However, those carts can still be used in any Cricut. And seems like I read somewhere that you can use a linked cartridge in CCR, but I don't know about that for sure.
I have a Gypsy that I absolutely love, I use it all the time, and when it ever quits working, I'll be a very sad puppy. I don't use Design Studio or CCR because I can't bear being anywhere near a computer when not at work so do not use anything in my art that requires the use of a computer.
I have a Gypsy with all of my carts linked to it (nearly 200). It's not possible to unlink the carts, though I really wish Provocraft would release a program to allow it. Once a cart has been linked to one Gypsy, it cannot be linked to another, so those cartridges lose value when you try to sell them on ebay. Not only that, but buying a spare Gypsy is useless because you won't be able to link your current carts to it anymore. Not sure how it works with CCR as I've never tried it.
I agree with aquabunny about the CCR. I spend enough time on my computer, and don't want to go near it when I take a break to do some papercrafting. Not only that, my computer is up in the attic and I do my papercrafting downstairs, so the two of them never meet.
If you don't use it often or don't like it, SELL IT!
I bought mine when they were clearancing them out at Michaels for $75, linked 30-ish carts to it, NEVER USED IT! Sold it on *Bay for $275! And I still have the carts if I ever want to use them in the Cricut.