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Old 11-22-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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I was wondering what the best price and best place to look for a Big Shot Pro and are they electric?
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The pro isn't electric. The best price I've found so far is Amazon, but I'm hoping for a crazy special somewhere on Friday! Maybe someone knows of a sale!
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Best price I found was $245 at scrapbooking-warehouse dot com. Even eBay was higher than that.

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I got an email from Joann.com saying that they are having an online sale on Thanksgiving Day and that all Sizzix machines and accesories will be 50% off. The machine is normally $399.99, so the price would go down to about $200. And I'm sure you can find a free shipping code on the internet so you don't have to pay for shipping.

The sale is supposed to run from 12:01 AM (i.e. one minute past midnight) and run until 11:59 PM on Thanksgiving Day. I'm planning on staying up Wednesday night and placing my order first thing since it's "until supplies last".

Of course, knowing Joann.com, their site will probably crash...
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PS: the Pro is currently $239 at Joann.com
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The pro is on my christmas list and I have been watching JoAnns (which has had the lowest price so far) just to see if they will go even lower. If they have it for $200 I will jump on this!!!
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I've been watching prices, too.

MSRP on the Sizzix Big Shot Pro is $349.
MSRP on the Westminster branded Sizzix Big Shot Pro Cutting Machine is $399. (Westminster is a fabric company and they're marketing the Westminster branded machine at quilters.)

Here is the difference in the two:
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The Big Shot Pro truly does it all! With 100% Sizzix and Ellison compatibility, this pro-strength machine features a 13" wide opening for cutting even the largest designs. Includes Standard Sliding Tray, Standard Adapter Pad, Premium Crease Pad, Standard Cutting Pad and 3 Mylar Shims.

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Cut multiple layers of fabric and get perfect cuts every time! The Big Shot Pro Machine features 13" wide opening for optimum compatibility/cutting area. 100% compatibility with Sizzix Dies and embossing, Ellison dies and some compatibility with other makers dies. Includes 27" tray and cutting pad. Industrial strength for high usage/high quality.
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Hmmm - I love my Westminster dies too - they are super.

Which one would you buy?

If you do a Google Product Search for it, you can see all the sites compared inclusive of tax and shipping. For sites like amazon and people with special deals for free shipping that makes a big difference.

I don't know if my search link will work for you, but here you go.

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I would buy the blue Big Shot Pro machine, over the Westminster.
The crease pad alone is $30, and that doesn't come w/ the Westminster -- or at least, not that I've seen.
And the two mylar shims ($5 MSPR) don't come with the Westminster either... they only come with the blue BSP machine.
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Yeah - and the extended cutting pads are pretty expensive - all those puppies add up!

I'm all for blue

I adore my big shot - I'd really like a pro too.
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Yeah - and the extended cutting pads are pretty expensive - all those puppies add up!

I'm all for blue

I adore my big shot - I'd really like a pro too.
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I've been holding out for one too and Joann's is the best price I have ever seen. They are offering free shipping right now for purchases over $75 thru Dec 4th. Use code WGF338. It's on the home page of the website if you lose track of this post. If anyone does find a lower price...pleeeease report! Thanks!
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I LOVE my BSP! The price of the crease pad is FAR less than the cost of the extended tray and mats. IF you don't have a machine and THINK you may like the extended format, I would suggest buying the Westminster (if you don't care about the color) and getting the crease pad separately. In the long run, it's cheaper. I imagine that Sizzix will have some papercrafting dies to work along with the 25" tray but who knows if it will be Winter or Summer CHA. The more detail in the die, the more it costs to produce. Now their Pro dies are around $60 MSRP. If they double the size, you can expect a pretty fair jump in the price. Plus, then they'd have to have a 25" crease pad too. I wish they would make some 12" embossing plates!!! Oh, and a full 12x12 adapter for wafer dies. That's what I'm holding out for.
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One of the main reasons I wanted to get the Big Shot Pro (vs. the Grand Calibur) was to be able to use the Grand Nestabilities and the Sizzix Pro Dies. I am taking from the conversations here that the BSP does not work with the thin Spellbinders dies. Is that correct? Please say it isn't so!
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I would LOVE some 12x12 embossing plates! An adapter for the wafer dies would be perfect, too.

The 25" dies are expensive. They can be found for about $50 (MSRP is higher, but, like most craft items, lower-than-MSRP prices are common). At this point, I'm invested in Sizzix (and how!) and in the BSP system and would buy a 25" die for a bag or box or even a 3D item. I tend to make things in multiples (for classroom projects, teacher/staff appreciation, and that sort of thing) and usually get a lot of use out of my more expensive dies because I try to use them as often as possible.

Some of the exclusive Quickutz dies are $25-50 and they're tiny in comparison, and they don't cut as many materials as the thick Sizzix dies.

I'm pretty good at justifying my purchases. LOL
Aren't we all?! I am like you though. I use my Pro dies to make teacher gifts and such so they pay for themselves. I have one card/envelope set I use ALL the time!! LOVE it! I have been very pleased with my Pro and can't wait to see what else they come out with for it.
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One of the main reasons I wanted to get the Big Shot Pro (vs. the Grand Calibur) was to be able to use the Grand Nestabilities and the Sizzix Pro Dies. I am taking from the conversations here that the BSP does not work with the thin Spellbinders dies. Is that correct? Please say it isn't so!
The Grand dies will work in the Pro. However, there is NO standard cutting plates YET for the wafer dies in the Pro. Soooo, you have to make your own. Personally, I just build up chipboard in the bottom of my Pro tray then layer the crease pad, mylar shims, die, cardstock and cutting plate. You just have to play with it to get just the right amount of pressure. You could buy extra cutting plates...you'll need replacements sometime anyway....but it's way cheaper to use the chipboard. I know Sizzix has received requests for an adapter plate so let's hope we see one at Winter CHA!!!
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Thank you roclesgirl! I figured there was some way to fudge things. I have plenty of chipboard! It looks like it has a tray similar to the AccuCut machines. I was assuming it had the same set up as the standard BigShot. I'm holding out for Cyber Monday deals to see if it brings a better price...otherwise, I am going for the $240 price at Joann's online with free shipping.
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JoAnn's is sold out of the Big Shot Pro.
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Thank you roclesgirl! I figured there was some way to fudge things. I have plenty of chipboard! It looks like it has a tray similar to the AccuCut machines. I was assuming it had the same set up as the standard BigShot. I'm holding out for Cyber Monday deals to see if it brings a better price...otherwise, I am going for the $240 price at Joann's online with free shipping.
You're welcome!! I hope you can find one. I see someone posted J's is sold out. Yes, the tray is just like the one AccuCut uses. It's really a great machine!!
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The Grand dies will work in the Pro. However, there is NO standard cutting plates YET for the wafer dies in the Pro. Soooo, you have to make your own. Personally, I just build up chipboard in the bottom of my Pro tray then layer the crease pad, mylar shims, die, cardstock and cutting plate. You just have to play with it to get just the right amount of pressure. You could buy extra cutting plates...you'll need replacements sometime anyway....but it's way cheaper to use the chipboard. I know Sizzix has received requests for an adapter plate so let's hope we see one at Winter CHA!!!
Thanks so much roclesgrl!! I have been searching all over the internet on how to use the grand nestabilites in my BSP! My hubby got me some for Christams! Yay!!
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WIth regard to the Sizzix Big Shot Pro- Scrap Mart sells it for around $262.49. The Grand Calibur for around $97. Still deciding! Spellbinder dies are very inexpensive here too with free shipping!
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ALso: Included with the Big Shot Pro are a Standard Cutting Pad, a Premium Crease Pad, two 0.10 mm Mylar Shims and an Adapter Pad, which makes all Sizzix components compatible with the Big Shot Pro Machine. Features a five-year limited warranty. The Big Shot Pro Machine measures approximately 24 1/4" x 15" x 7 1/2".
at Scrap Mart for $262
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