There has been lots and lots of discussion out there about what's going on with Provocraft and Cricut. If you're not aware of all this I'll give you a quick version. Provocraft has made many angry by trying to block them from selling their Gypsy, cartridges and other PC things. The lack of support on the Design Studio was a big issue. Selling exclusive cartridges that were suppose to be for those who signed up for their "club" thing. Trying to get everyone to use their Craft Room, which seems to have issues all the time. I know there are many other reasons, but I wanted to put in my two-cents worth.
I didn't join their club, I don't use Design Studio (never liked it), sell what I want when I want to, love my Gypsy, have over 100 cartridges and 3 Cricut machines. Now, saying all that, I plan to use what I have for as long as it works, I've invested a lot of money in my cartridges and machines and I'm a believer of getting "all" my monies worth out of my goodies.
I DO NOT agree with all the junk Provo Craft is doing! I think they got a bit too big for their britches and thought they had the corner of the market forever and they are wrong! There are others out there that have given us other awesome options to doing our craft. I've looked at the Cameo Silhouette several times, but I'm just not ready to make a move to a whole new way of doing my die cutting and definitely not ready to invest a lot more money.
So, for now and probably a very long time I'm going to keep using my Gypsy and Cricut machine until they just don't work anymore. I love them, just not the company and don't plan to buy anything from Provocraft in the future.
Oh yeah! I still love my Cuttlebug too and use it lots, but that Big Shot and Vegabond are starting to get a lot more use and the newer Sizzix, Courture Creations, Darice, Crafts toYou, and Craft Concepts embossing folders are awesome!!
So, now that all that's been said let's get back to crafting!