Well, the fine folks at Provocraft have joined the ranks of the high-end clothing designers in attempting to divide us into classes--those who matter and those who don't. I don't.
When I first toyed with the idea of buying the Cricut, I hesitated because of the ongoing expense of buying cartridges. But it was such a fun crafting tool that I let myself get drawn in. In the 18 months since I bought my first machine, I have purchased over 60 cartridges, two more cutting machines, two copies of Design Studio software, a Cuttlebug and a YourStory machine. Somehow, this doesn't qualify me for inclusion into the exclusive "Cricut Circle".
This really shouldn't bother me because it's a marketing ploy, the same one used by top-of-the-line handbag designers who charge a ridiculous amount of money for a bag that, although well-made, isn't really that much better than one that can be purchased for 90% less. I'm no psychologist, but I believe I understand the concept that by marketing a product only a select few can buy (whether for financial reasons or simply that it isn't available to the "masses"), you create a frenzy where people will do almost anything to own your product so that they can feel like a member of the "special club".
Yes, I feel excluded. It's irrational, but it feels like a slap in the face that I wasn't included in the "top 3% of loyal customers" (or whatever verbage they used to make the invitees feel like plunking down $275 to be part of the club).
So thanks Provocraft for making me feel like the high school girl who wasn't invited to the dance. I think I'll take my cartridge money and buy a big ol' freezer-ful of ice cream.