I just learned that the quickest way to get your hands on a Glowforge is NOT waiting for the one you ordered. The quickest way to get your hands on a Glowforge is actually to buy someone else’s Glowforge! Crazy, but true!
I’m not talking about buying a spot in line. I’m talking about buying a unit that has already been delivered.
So, anyone have an already delivered Glowforge for sale?
If you do, please list whether it is a basic or pro, how many hours of laser tube time you’ve used and what your asking price is.
Its generally true of everything that not waiting is faster than waiting
There was someone on reddit selling theirs a couple of weeks (or maybe months) ago, planning to get it shipped directly from glowforge to the new buyer. I dont recall if they found a buyer or not. I wonder if you’re more likely to find units for sale on other sites. I mean, everyone here owns one, technically. If I were selling my imaginary one, I’d do it somewhere not full of buyers. Whereever that place is, that’s where id look for someone selling.
I would seriously consider at this point in time an arrangement, with a markup to represent the line jump value with a contingent contract that would allow me to exchange with someone who has to wait until March or April for theirs. Let’s say, I’ll rent you my low tube hours Glowforge for $100 a month to full ownership, as long as you give me your brand new Glowforge when it ships.
Substitute “Glowforge” for “hamburger.”
I’d seriously consider it, but probably would not be able to manage the contract well enough so that it avoids a train wreck.
Nevertheless, it is certainly a perfect time for supply and demand economics to shine and identify the leverages at play so that folks get what they want sooner or with added value. Good luck and may the odds ever be in your favor.
No attempt here to subvert a free market, especially if it involves a profit, but if you know you don’t want it, and the hassle of selling it, I recall other people have been able to just cancel the filter. I doubt that policy has changed.
That would get a little hairy: we wouldn’t be able to connect your “new” account to the unit you purchased, so you’d need to create a second account for it. We could help you do that. But an account with freebies can’t be connected to a unit until that unit’s delivered. That’s both the way it works, and a necessary prevention to keep people from placing an order, getting all the freebies, using their friend’s forge, then cancelling the order.
I have a basic.
It has been used regularly since June.
I love it. I use a lot.
I might consider selling it… but it would have to pay for a Pro… and, just like some high-profile legal awards, I’d need compensation for the emotional separation, too.
It’s worth the wait… I’m just not sure I’d like to wait.
But, everything is for sale… at the right price.
I would love the pass-through slot. I can’t say I would use it often; but when I want it, I want it.
Example: My brother has a replica sword signed by the swordsmith that designed it for the movies, and he showed it to me again this week. He would love to etch that sharpie-made signature into the blade. Whether that would add or diminish the value, he wants that. Long things… I would love to do.
The tiny notch up in power would be nice. Cutting through 1/4 inch baltic birch instead of cutting through most of the 1/4" stock. Maybe I just need to refine my settings.
The notch up in cooling would be peace of mind… though I haven’t had cooling problems even on 100+ degree days. (38+ for the base-10 scientific world)
I am very happy with my basic. If I were discussing a second machine, it would be a pro… mostly for the pass-through. I figure, if we’re discussing NOW vs. zen-like patience, I’d want the upgrade. Give me a reason to give it up.
Also, If I were back in line, I see the pro line moving faster than the basic.
The original owner would be able to reclaim the account after they sold it by providing the original purchase information, “yanking” it away from the new purchaser. Then they’d have access to the new purchasers’ credit card on file. Not a good scenario. I strongly advise not to sell accounts - it exposes both the buyer and seller to risk, and it’s against the terms & conditions.