Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Exterminator Needed

Could you imagine buying a printer, a beautiful, wonderful printer.  You have photos to print, drawings
to print, files and writings and word art to print.  You saved up for this wonderful printer until you have
enough money to get it, and see on the box that it comes with a cartridge full of images all ready to print.

The box shows pictures of all the wonderful things you are going to be able to do with this printer.

Take it home, set it up, pop in the cartridge and print.  Then you open your files and go to print them,
create, have fun, make awesome things, print the photos I have taken with my camera, the pics I have created.
Have a blast!!

One day you need to turn to the little book, read the fine print, and find out you have just cancelled your warantee on the printer by having the audacity to print your own pictures and words and fonts without buying the companies cartridges and limiting your printing to their images and words and fonts.  And that every font you want to print requires purchase of a cartridge; retail at ninety bucks a pop. if they make one for that font. if not, choose one of theirs and forget about yours.

How many printers do you think the company would sell under those circumstances?
One woman on the support ProvoCraft side made the comment to (support) the effect of if you wanted to use
the third party software, why buy their  cutter, why not just use another machine?  We will honey, we will.

Another heavy thinker said something like you can't get mad at a fuzzy green bug!  You know, when bugs come in my house, I do what most (rational) people do.  I exterminate them.  Or, remove them if they are cute or too big to squash without a mess.

The truth is, I like my cutter, I have bought cartridges, and I like some of them .  others were a complete waste.  But, I want to create and cut my own files also.  So, I will continue to use the bug till it dies, and then I will replace it with a machine that allows me to cut what I want.

Will I completely never buy another Provo Craft item? I don't know.  But I can tell you I will look for
other brands first, even if I have to pay a little more.  My next embosser will be another brand, I will restick my mats, and will look before I leap.  Maybe they should change the box from reading  something like "cut anything" to "cut what you pay us almost a hundred bucks for, and we will tell you what you want to cut"

as my little girl used to say when she was a little girl ....  unbeeeweevable   or   realllldiculous.


  1. You go girl!!! VERY well said!!!!! I'm getting the same exterminator for my home!!!!! ;)

  2. Thanks, Penny..

    you are one of my heros!

  3. I'm with you ALL the WAY!!!!! Yeah, that exterminator is going to make a lot of money because a lot of us are going to call upon them for services.