I’m generally a patient person, and I’ve been silent through all of the delays, reading the emails and forum posts. I’ve tried to stay positive about GlowForge. My brother was in town recently and I was telling him about why I purchased one and the promise of the device for my small business, and as the words came out of my mouth I realized just how ridiculous it sounds – that a product that I ordered on September 24, 2015 has still not been delivered, and that the company that’s making it hasn’t been very upfront about why, and that the current promise is that I’ll have it by the end of October 2017 - more than two full years after I ordered, and even if I do receive it by that time, the air filter I ordered won’t be here until at least December.
I get that more people are getting their emails, and that at least one Pro device has been delivered. I ordered a Pro, at 9:21p.m. on 9/24/2015 for the curious. I’m also seeing that at least some of the folks (in the apparently-controversial spreadsheet) who ordered ordered a Pro as much as more than two months after me have now gotten their emails. That just seems even more disrespectful.
I realize I’m not the only one in this boat, by far. I feel bad for folks who are international who might have to wait even longer (or not – who knows? The communication hasn’t been very forthcoming, though I do see @dan respond in some of the threads).
I’m not going to claim to be some great businessman and make claims about what GlowForge should be doing internally, but I am in some ways a “professional customer”. I tend to give my business to folks who are honest and upfront with me, and I often don’t hesitate to give repeat business when I’ve been treated fairly, even when the news isn’t good. I’m reaching the point where as much as I believe the GlowForge product may be great, how the entire process was and is being handled is leaving a bad taste in my mouth such that when it’s time to upgrade in the future, a competitor (that doesn’t even exist yet) may have a very strong chance earning my business by simply setting expectations early on, keeping me updated early and often, and being more transparent and forthcoming with news and specifics as to when I’m going to receive my unit. Had GlowForge said “it will be two years” when I ordered, I might have actually been ok with that, and I might have gotten a cheaper unit with fewer features to get me through until GlowForge was ready. If they ended up delivering a couple months early, great!
In a nutshell, GlowForge may be setting a high bar for features, but it is setting an incredibly low bar for customer service.
Do I still want my GlowForge? Yes. Am I going to wait around forever and quietly accept more delays? No.