Breaking News!! The Gypsy is here….well, coming soon

As I am sure many of you have already received, I got an email from Provo Craft “announcing” their new product. I say it like that, because the email could have fooled anyone to believe that there actually were rogue crafters who were trying to steal their ideas.

After having a teaser on the opening page of their website forever, Provo Craft sent out the clever advertisement for what seems like a good product with a lot of good features, but one serious downside, at least from what I have read. Obviously I don’t know for sure, because the product is not out.

For those that don’t already know, the Gypsy is a small computer with Design Studio built in. You don’t need a computer to use it, and it works with all cartridges and versions of the Cricut. You plug your cartridges into it and it uploads them onto the device, so you can store all of your cartridges on one small device, carry them with you everywhere and design on the go. Then when you’re ready to cut, you plug it into your Cricut and cut away. Sounds like a Cricut version of the iPod.

Except for one thing, and I don’t know if this is true, in fact I don’t really believe it can be true. Supposedly, once you put your cartridges into the Gypsy, they are only on the Gypsy. Not on your cartridge anymore. That’s right, you’ll have empty cartridges. This wouldn’t bother me except that I have had my fair share of small hi-tech devices. They can be great, but sometimes they break. Or get lost. Or stolen. Things happen. You don’t plan on it, but sometimes even when you’re extra careful, you catch a bad break. It’s bad enough to lose or break something that costs a couple hundred dollars or more which is the rumored price of the new Gypsy. I don’t want to lose the cartridges I have spent years and lots of dollars collecting. So it seems like this has to just be a rumor. Provo Craft is a decent size company and the Cricut is a best selling product. If Apple had made their iPod the same way, everyone would be walking around going “I-what?” Granted, the Gypsy is no iPod to most of the world, but in my circles, it’s a much bigger deal. I cut way more than I listen to music. So I’m hoping this can’t be true. Common sense tells me it’s not, that you can just back up all of your cartridges on your computer or something along those lines.

In conclusion, my thoughts are that this is an outstanding idea and long overdue. I have been places before such as the DMV where I’ve had to wait forever, thinking about all the designing I could be doing if only I had a way. This sounds like it. If my cartridges can be backed up, I will be the first one in line. Otherwise, I might be at the DMV still wishing I could design files, but also glad that if I accidentally left my Gypsy there, all is not lost.

So fellow Cricuters, what do you think? Would you still buy this product if it rendered all of your cartridges useless except on that device? I can’t wait to hear all your comments!!!

4 Responses

  1. grannyss1 Says:

    I for one would not buy it if my cartridges were rendered useless. Not even sure I would spend a couple hundred dollars to buy one. I like using my large screen on my computer to create. While I am at the DMV waiting I read a book.

  2. Scrappytinman@hotmail.com Says:

    I think that PC is trying to protect themselves. If I can put my cartridges on the Gypsy then I can put my scrapfriends also — not that I would but it might happen. Not only will I not buy this product if it renders my cartridge empty, I will hesitate to loan my carts out at crops. This could be a really big problem! I will have to read the fine print before I get the gypsy.

  3. suez Says:

    I agree with everyone that I would not but this product if my carts would be no good. I’ve spent to much money on them for them not to work. If you have a laptop you already have a portable design studio you can take to the dmv.

  4. Betsy Says:

    A lady from PC posted on the Cricut message board that our cartridges will not be rendered useless but may be continued to be used as before.

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