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[Costco] Cricut Explore Air Machine 2 with Basic Tool Set $269 (In-store)

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[Costco] Cricut Explore Air Machine 2 with Basic Tool Set $269 (In-store)

My wife has been requesting this. We were surprised to see it instore @ Costco Heartland. The price was $269 and comes with basic tool set. This is cheaper than anywhere else.

Here is amazon link for comparison.
https://www.amazon.ca/Cricut-2003638-Ex ... way&sr=8-2
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Still trying to figure out what is this...
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It's mainly for arts and crafts, I don't know much about it but the wife says everyone in arts and crafts know about this machine. It's like the Kitchenaid mixer of the mixers.
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Saw that at Costco Etobicoke as well.
I could not figure out what this does.
Now I know.
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Thank you
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This cuts paper into shapes you feed it digitally. Like a laser cutter but... for paper crafts.

Great for vinyl printing stuff onto t-shirts.
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Came in handy for cutting custom labels, and making a cake topper lol
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vtse wrote:
Mar 20th, 2019 11:28 pm
This cuts paper into shapes you feed it digitally. Like a laser cutter but... for paper crafts.

Great for vinyl printing stuff onto t-shirts.
Not just paper, you can get different cutter heads for it to cut other things, for example, leather.
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I've used my wife's to make custom vinyl decals, stencils and lettering.
It's basically a printer/plotter that can use a pen or a cutting blade and comes with decent software.
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My wife has one. This thing is awesome. She's kind of turned into a little side business too making labels, tshirts, all types of crafts. It's paid for it's self 10x over.
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fizz215 wrote:
Mar 21st, 2019 12:11 am
costco link showing at 299 for me
Yes, online it is $299.99, but prices are usually lower in store. As OP stated, he saw it in store for $269. The online price includes shipping, so it's usually a bit more to accommodate for that. :)
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Unless I can find a cheap source for the materials you need to use this....this is a pretty expensive toy no? I’ve looked at it at Michaels numerous times but the materials are expensive if I’m just going to use it as a hobby?
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queenofhearts wrote:
Mar 21st, 2019 8:10 am
Unless I can find a cheap source for the materials you need to use this....this is a pretty expensive toy no? I’ve looked at it at Michaels numerous times but the materials are expensive if I’m just going to use it as a hobby?
it all depends on how much you intend to use it and what lifestyle you have. We have 2 young kids so making things for events like birthday/baptisms/communions, it comes in handy. I think it is more time than anything. For instance, we are going down to disney this summer so we wanted to have custom shirts for all 4 of us. These can range from $20 to $40 to have them made or buying disney shirts at about the same price. She was able to pick up 4 dryfit T shirts for $10 each and spent maybe another $10 on iron on vinyl and used her machine to make the 4 shirts.

The original investment of the machine plus materials to get you going seems like alot but if you use the machine alot then it makes it worth it. Also the real benefit of this is not cost savings, it more about being able to produce something unique.

Michael's unless it is on sale is the worst place to buy supplies for crafting. Amazon has great deals on vinyl packs and paper packs. The dollar store is a great place to buy basic cardstock paper in multiple colours. Michaels sells non cricut brand paper packs that are not too expensive but if you combine with the 40% off one regular priced item coupon, it helps get the cost down.
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cisco911 wrote:
Mar 21st, 2019 8:36 am
The original investment of the machine plus materials to get you going seems like alot but if you use the machine alot then it makes it worth it. Also the real benefit of this is not cost savings, it more about being able to produce something unique.

Michael's unless it is on sale is the worst place to buy supplies for crafting. Amazon has great deals on vinyl packs and paper packs. The dollar store is a great place to buy basic cardstock paper in multiple colours. Michaels sells non cricut brand paper packs that are not too expensive but if you combine with the 40% off one regular priced item coupon, it helps get the cost down.
Would you need to replace any blades on this machine?

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