I can understand people getting upset if they feel like they were mislead by the HSN launch and there being tension in the ranks of Cricut users.
Here is some of my thoughts about it all....
Places like HSN build up the hype to make people want to buy buy buy! Shoot we were more excited about the E2 launch than little kids on Christmas morning and that is exactly what they wanted. We were putty in their hands. How could we resist when they said EXCLUSIVE and NEVER OFFERED AGAIN, or some other such stuff they always say to peak our interest and make us run for our credit cards and quickly figuring monthly budgets to see if we can squeeze in that wonderful flex-pay if we make our families eat peanut butter 5 more days a month. I think of it much like used car salesmen *okie shutters even thinking of those types you see in commercials with their comb over hair and plaid jackets* who are giving their fabulous pitch to make a person pay Cadillac Escalade prices for a Hyundai Santa Fe.
HSN did their job and they did it well. They hit the instant gratification crowd, not only with the E2 but with most anything they sell. After all isn't that why they are in business? To make money?
I know ProvoCraft is trying to "right" some of the "wrong" that people feel have happened and that is nice of them. But let's face it. We are adults. We make the choices of where our money goes. Of course eventually the prices will go down on any product. The original Cricut sold for like $249 when it first came out, I got mine at the bargain of $119 during a Black Friday sale and at the time it was a bargain to be sure! All products reduce in value after being on the market, it's a known fact.
So who should we really fault for making a purchase?
The company that markets the product?
The company that offers the product for sale?
Or the end user that enters their credit card number to make the purchase?
*okie sighs and shrugs her shoulders* I sure don't have the answers about any of it. All I know is that I avoid buying a new product as soon as it is released because I know the price will be reduced over time and what seems so great and exclusive, well......rarely is. And that's all I got to say about that.