I am obsessive about Black Friday. It is a bit crazy but judging by the weirdos I am in line with waiting for these sales each year I am far from the worst.
The days leading up to Black Friday are the best. I pour over the released/leaked flyers looking for great deals- even on stuff I don't want or need. Sound familiar?
Some of you are looking for Cricuts. I wanted to post some of the deals I have seen here.
If you are a Cricut virgin here are some basics you need to know before buying. Not all machines are created equal. I never pay full price for anything. Beneath each description I have included some sale prices I see out and about. I personally wouldn't pay more then that price.
Types of Cricuts (these are some basic comparisons there are other differences but I could go on forever and really who cares?):
Cricut V1 - You don't see these out very much anymore but I think some "special" ones are being released for Black Friday. This is the simplest of the Cricuts. It cuts in 1/2 inch increments starting at 1" going up to 5.5". You use a 6x 12 cutting mat in this machine.
I have seen regular sale prices on this under $75.
Cricut Create- Just like the Cricut VI except it cuts in 1/4" increments.
I don't see this one anymore.
Cricut Mini- This is a new machine. I haven't used it. Of course I am curious about it. This one you need to hook up to a computer. It cuts on an 8.5" by 12" paper. It is a small machine because most of what you need is right on the computer and you hook it to that.
I have seen regular sale prices on this for about $100.
Cricit Expression- Cricut Expressions are bigger machines and cut on a 12x12 mat at 1/4" increments. It is very similar to the Create just bigger. I don't care what anyone tells you- size matters in my craft room!
I haven't seen these around lately. Given there is an updated version I wouldn't pay more then $175.
Cricut Expression 2- This is a newer machine it is an updated Expression. This has a touch screen and updated capabilities and is more computerized in the machine itself. I have this one and I love it. I have used all but the mini and this is my favorite machine by far. Of course, it comes with the bigger priced tag.
I have seen sale prices on this for $199
ALL machines come with some images so be careful if they are telling you that is an added bonus ;) If it is I will indicate below.
BLACK FRIDAY DEALS I HAVE SEEN-
Walmart Expression 2 bundle
Their price on this tomorrow is $199. I think this is a good deal because it comes with a tool kit a $20 value and a spatula a $6 value. Both of these are must have tools!
This one is one of the 1st 2 that I was talking about that you don't usually see for sale anymore-
Cricut v1 at Joanns
Priced at $89 (I think better deals can be found)
Amazon Expression for $169
This isn't a bad deal at all. This is the first Cricut Expression.
Amazon Expression 2
They have 2 options here one without a starter tool kit bundle and one with. It appears as though the starter kit is 2 bonus maps, a deep cut blade, and a spatula- well worth the $10 add on.
This is a reasonable deal. I have seen it on the lightening deals this week for better so if you have time to watch it could pay off, no promises.
Amazon Cricut Mini $99
AC Moore has the mini for $88. That is a great price if you are looking for a mini!
AC Moore also has an Expression 2 for $160- nice deal on that too!
Mini Bundle at Walmart
This is only $99 and comes with the tool kit and some other options. I think this is a better deal then A.C. Moore's if the $10 is free to spend ;)
Michaels has an Expression 2 for $179 and it looks to come with a bonus cartridge. Not a bad deal on this.
They also have a mini for $99.
Michaels has a buy one Cricut supply get one for free. That is a good deal.
Cartridges and More
They have some good deals going on here!
Expression 2 $178
Not to mention some cartridges on sale
So this is a ton of information I realize. If i was buying a Cricut for someone that doesn't have one I think I would lean towards one of the bundles. That way they have some fun essentials to get started. If you have any questions let me know!