Ok, so clearly if you’re reading this you’re unsure about the investment or are super interested in my thought exercise.
This is the cost evaluation I do when I purchase anything over 100$, and maybe you should too! I originally saw this kind of rational used in *of all things* an article for Cosmo justifying the cost of cashmere sweaters. I kid you not.
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Take the following:
- Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Mint Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set at 329.99$.
- Cricut Design Space account FREE
- Card stock from your craft store 10$
- 5 Make It Now projects (approx.) 25$
TOTAL 364.99$, let’s say 365$ total for a machine that can let you do just about anything you can put your mind to (except change your car’s oil).
In other terms though, that’s:
- 1$ a day for a year
- 15.20$ a month for two years
- Assuming you do 12 projects a year (at the very least) that’s 30.50$ per project for one year
- Assuming you use it to label all your tupperware, make kids’ t-shirts, create home decor, craft everything you need for a wedding, or even start a business it still comes down to the least expensive piece of equipment you can buy that will provide a long-term return on your investment.
- You can purchase everything you need for a machine off Amazon, in-person at your local craft store or off the Cricut website. I mention this, because if you have a Prime account it could be interesting for those last minute projects.
- When you’ve made as many projects as I have // here // the cost is easily justified.
If you pay 1$ a day for a year, after a year it’s paid for! The machine easily lasts quite a few years, so other than materials and files, the upfront costs can be mitigated over the long-haul.
Given that there is so much I do with my machine that I don’t then write blog posts about, I’d say the machine is definitely worth it. PLUS, they have an affiliate program, so even if you’re not a blogger but you are an influencer within your local crafting network or get your friends in on it you can even make a little bit of money back on that. (If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll send you the deets.)