I’ve been thinking about the $150 materials that @dan and Glowforge will be sending us. There have been a number of comments about customizing that pack, trading with other Forgers, or even not wanting it at all.
It has also been unclear if the pack of materials will be send WITH the Glowforge or as a separate package.
This has given me an idea that makes sense to me, but I’m curious about it scaling up. What if we were just given $150 credit to the Materials Store and a coupon code for Free Shipping? That way each person can choose their own custom set of materials, and have it shipped when they want. I assume/hope that the materials store and the catalog will be available before our Glowforges are shipped to us so we can browse them and purchase the designs/material beforehand and be ready and raring to go day 1 (hour 1? immediately?).
You can even make the free shipping coupon a one-use thing so if someone gets $50 worth of material, they still have $100 credit to use, but they would have to pay for shipping for the second batch of material.
This would provide the most flexibility of the choice of materials, delivery time, as well as ramping up interest as the delivery date approaches. You can even have a couple of pre-made $150 bundles of material (an Acrylic Package, Wood Package, Plywood Package, Leather Package, Assortment Package, Samples Package etc) that can be chosen to ease shipping hassles.