There is a new announcement on the eCraft Facebook Page announcing that some eCraft cutting machines have been shipped and stores should have them on their shelves by the last week in July.
This announcement, was expected because it would have been very tough for Craftwell to go onto the Crafts and Hobby Association (CHA) show floor still promising delivery in the future. After all, it has been almost a year since those tantalizing videos of the current machine started showing up on YouTube and Vimeo.
I'm hoping to have one to review by the end of this week or the next. The person from whom I bought mine will be at CHA, so if it does not arrive in their store by this week we'll have to wait until their return to pick it up. That's OK. The important thing is that any smoke and mirrors rumors can be put to rest. It IS shipping and is shipping NOW.
Those who pre-ordered will be getting the Pro version of the eCraftShop software. That's a $159.99 value for free, based on the reported price up to this point.
But, we can only pre-order at the $259.95 price through July 25, 2010. On Monday, July 26, 2020 the pre-order price goes up to $349.95. We understand that those who pr-order from the first delivery batch, on the boat as this is being written, will also get the Pro version of the software with their eCraft. Once the first batch of machines is gone, the price and packaging might be completely different.
Again, based on the enthusiasm of those that have had pre-production machines, it looks like those that pre-order will NOT be disappointed. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I get one this week so that those of you on the fence will have more independent information.