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I am saving my money up to purchase either a Big Shot or a Cricut. Here is my question for those of you who have been using either or both of these tools? Which is better? Which has more bang for its buck? I would be using it primarily for card making. Any insights would be great! Thanks.
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I think it depends on your storage area. The Cricut is relativels the same size as the big shot but the cartridges are tiny compared to the Big Shot dies and for the space and price you get a lot more designs with the cricut.
With that said... I have the Big Shot and The Pazzle Pro (the Cricut's Big Sister) and I use them both - a lot! They are two different types of machines, one is electronic and one manual. Both will do a lot for you. The Big Shot embosses though which is relly nice for card making.
I have both the Big Kick (same as Big Shot) and the Cricut. I use my Cricut a lot. I also have SureCutsALot which helps me not need so many cartridges.
My only problem with the Big Kick is all those dies. A decent library of them will run you a bit of cash. Also, there is no changing sizes with the dies.
The main reason for purchasing the Big Kick was for embossing plates and a few of the SU exclusive dies. I really like the look of the Big Shot, but with me using it so little, I couldn't justify the cost. I got my Big Kick with a 50% off coupon, so cost me $50.
I have a Cricut & a Big Shot. No doubt about it, most bang for your buck is a Cricut. For the price of only a few dies, you can buy a Cricut cartridge with ten times the images and hundreds of size options. I have the Big Shot for my Sizzix dies I owned before the Cricut, and have since bought the embossing folders (Sizzix & Cuttlebug). Love the embossing, but if you can only have one right now, I vote for the Cricut. save up and buy the Expression, if you want to cut envelopes, you will need the bigger size. It's cheaper than buying 2 machines, because eventually you will want it!