My Vagabond died yesterday
It was a Christmas present from my DH last year and he was less than thrilled to hear it. Needless to say, after research led me to this thread, he was was even more disgusted to hear this is such a common problem.
I love my Vagabond and my first reaction was to replace it (hopefully with a Black Friday bargain) and while he never interferes with my crafting purchases, he did ask if I really thought it was a good use of $'s. So I thought about it and decided I could actually get by with a Big Shot (which I found for a great price on Amazon here
and put the money I saved towards a Cameo Silhoutte. I would be really mad if I replaced it and it broke again, especially after I was so careful to buy all the other cutting plates/thin die adaptors etc because I wanted to protect my machine. I was cutting another brand at the time, but I did follow all the instructions. think Mr V is just too fussy for me....