It was several weeks ago that I'd seen more than a dozen Slice machines on sale at AC Moore for $50. I passed it up but changed my mind. When I went back a couple of days later, they were all gone.
Last night I stopped in the store to browse. Lo and behold, there were 4 Slice machines on sale for $50 again. I bought it this time, and also an extra 12" glass plate that was on clearance for $9.95.
After I took it home and read the manual, I had second thoughts about the purchase. It needs a special adhesive to use on the glass plate (it comes with a small plate), and this looks like an extra expense. The "Basic 1" cartridge it comes with has very limited designs. It requires a considerable investment in more cartridges to be more useful. The unit needs to be held down during cutting, or else needs a separate "no-hands" mat, at another extra expense. Replacement blades will be needed, and a special wrench for changing blades. A kit with tools is extra. The machine uses rechargeable batteries which are not user-replaceable when they finally wear out.
I already have a cricut expression and a large collection of cartridges and accessories for that machine. I thought the little Slice would be a nice addition to my crafting tools, but not if it needs all those extras. Also, when I checked the "Slice" forum here, some of the comments about the machine were not very favorable.
So I repacked the machine in the box the same way it was and I will take it back to the store today or tomorrow, together with the 12" glass plate.
What do you think? Should I keep it or return it? Is there any other use for the extra 12" plate aside from the Slice machine? I already have a self-healing mat that I use for crafting purposes.