I think the Imagine is probably a really awesome machine. I won't be buying one though and here's why: About 10 years ago, I had a HP printer and had nothing but problems with it. I bought a replacement (foolishly, another HP). More problems. On both printers, the problems were mainly with the paper-feed mechanism. The photo paper (HP & other brands) would jam up and tear, 9 times out of 10. VERY frustrating! I'll give HP the benefit of the doubt, though, and assume that by now, these problems have been corrected.BUT I still won't buy an Imagine, simply because of the ink cartridges. When I had my HPs, I always HATED that when I ran out of one color, I had to replace the ENTIRE, very EXPENSIVE ink cartridge ($40-$50). I ended up throwing ink away because the colors are all in one cart. Now if HP would sell refill ink, that might change my mind, but I doubt they will. I now have a Canon printer with individual ink cartridges. I've had it for 7 years and in all that time, I haven't had one problem with it - very refreshing after my HP woes. If you told me you'd give me a brand new HP, in exchange for my 7-YO Canon, well, NO way! (I sure wish ProvoCraft would have partnered with Canon.)Just passing on my own personal experiences. Perhaps others have had better luck with HP.
Connie, I'm not planning on getting one either but for a different reason. At first I was real excited about the product but the more sample print/cuts that I'm seeing, it looks like the old fashioned diecuts that we used to see in scrapbooking like 10 years ago and I don't want to go back to that. Know what I mean? ~Linda
I was really considering it until I was on Kay's blog and read all her information. I was disappointed that the Imagine won't combine the layers from our original cartridges. Sure we can use the colors and textures (isn't that just like changing the paper?) but I was hoping the machine would combine the layers so we wouldn't have to assemble them (especially the little, tiny pieces).BUT - on one of the videos on YouTube (one of Tammy Skinners I think) Chris from ProvoCraft said they are working on something that "blew his mind" and it would be released soon. Is it perhaps the "combiner" I'm looking for?? Who knows, but I think I'll wait awhile before spending $600 on the imagine.Jackie
Linda,Thanks for the link! I want people to be aware that the Mickey Mouse image on my blog, that you have also posted above, represents what the Imagine can NOT do.
Kay, Is this one better? =D
What an interesting article! Thanks for the link. I don't think I'll be buying an Imagine though. I have a 8 cartridge printer, so to buy very expensive ink that you have to change an entire cartridge when only 1 color is empty?!?! I also can't believe the price! Here in Canada it will be at least $600! Our cartridges at Michaels are still $120 for the old cartridges. I'm not that in love with my cricut that I could imagine paying that price. It's just sucky knowing that soon they won't be making any "original" cartridges, mats, etc... That fact kind of blows, but I'm sure there'll be a lot of other unhappy people too when that happens....
Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information. ~Dorcashttp://4craftyangels.blogspot.com/
Did you say they are going to stop making thr original cartridges? Is that a fact? I will not be buying the Imagine either. I was excited at first but, then skeptical and now I am sure I love my Cricut just the way it is. I have a great HP Photo Printer, it has separate cartridges for each color and when one runs out you can print in color but only in black and white. It is 15.00 per cartridge to replace them and if you print a bunch like I do you are poring money into them. You can save the empty ones and take them back to Office Depot and they give you points for them that come on a rewards card through the mail. But I do not want another printer an especially one that does not do the job as well as the color printer I have already.
Marye, I've not heard that they are discontinueing regular cartridges but I suppose that's a possibility. Linda
In one of the interviews I watched they said they would definitely NOT be discontinuing the original cartridges and accessories. They are working on updates for both the Gypsy and the Imagine that I believe will resolve some of the complaints people have right now about the Imagine.
I thought I wanted one until I seen the $600 price tag on it!! I'll skip this machine because of the price.
I have had the imagine since September, and I must say that I am very disappointed. For the $500 price tag, I expected much more. It is not able to "weld", for one thing. As one of the other ladies said, the images that are on the cartridges are very primitive, not at all what I expected. I will certainly tell every one who asks, to save their money.
I have an imagine...I too am dissapointed that it can't combine the layers!!! =( I regret my purchase and wished I just bought an expression. I totally wasted my $$$.
I was not impressed with the projects I've seen from a friend with a Imagine Machine. In my opinion, the results looked washed out. I like vibrant bright colours especially for the kids layouts and this did not do it for me. I will not be buying one, I'll save up for an Expression instead.
I was considering buying the image as its on the tsc for 499.00 but reading all the post , i think i will wait for the impression 2 special edition or maybe just the cricut expression.did anyone hear as to when the expression 2 will be realeased ??tksCorinne