Originally, getting the GF was her idea because she had seen the amazing things I had made with the laser at work. We took out a loan and pre-ordered a pro unit with a filter right away.
Then came the delays, and with it my wife’s doubt that we had made a good decision. I tried to get her to read the forums and stay positive, but it was a losing battle. Eventually, she made the claim that we needed the money and that by not canceling the order I was being selfish and not putting the family’s needs first. (We are perfectly fine financially, and had the machine arrived there would have never been an issue)
But boy, she sure knows how to win an argument eh?
Needless to say, I am sad (and even a little bitter) that I couldn’t wait out the storm long enough for it to just arrive. I held on as long as I could, but it simply took too long.
My dreams of a glowforge are dead. I’m sure it will be awesome.
I’d try the “IF it gets released it’ll be worth ~50% more than we paid” approach. That’s my fallback plan, but my decision making committee only has one member (which is a double-edged sword, as they always deserve the blame for all the bad decisions made).
Too bad, you are so close.
I presume she knows of the prerelease units out there, and what people have done with them.
My experience with the one I have has been awesome. It would be much easier for you if you really did need the money.
You have to live with her. She’s so soft, and smells a lot better than the laser. Good luck to you!
@JimSocks Not to derail your decision, but waiting another month or two you will have a unit you can sell for more than you paid for the pre-order that will more than off-set the cost of your loan. This assumes that after receiving the system you decide to sell it new unopened rather than to keep it. This is the same decision I made about keeping my air filter.
One simple thing to remember: Happy Wife, Happy Life!
I’m in potentially the same situation. Luckily my wife and daughters see the Glowforge as a way to make and sell things, and they’re used to crowd funded things taking twice as long as founders estimate, so they haven’t pressured me yet.
For what it’s worth, I think it’d make financial sense (assuming you don’t have an immediate need for cash) to wait for the unit to arrive, then either keep it or flip it for a profit. Assuming you value the extra material, etc., GlowForge is throwing in due to the delay, waiting isn’t really costing anything, other than of course time.
I feel ya, I could easily be in the same boat. I have left out any news (good or bad), and we haven’t discussed it. I just hope she doesn’t bring it up like my boss at work does.
Good luck, I hope you can stay, but if not your family is always more valuable.
Maybe you could convince her to take the family to Maker Faire? See one in person, and have a good time in general.
At the least, maybe you can convince her to set aside some of the refund for a K40 or other cheaper laser system. Sure, it’ll be a pain, and the kids won’t be able to use it as easily… but it is a gateway to the future chances…
I can understand and appreciate the people saying wait it out and offering counter arguments, but honestly I get where your wife is coming from. It’s a lot of money to have tied up indefinitely and “just a few more months” probably isn’t a very convincing argument when she is having second thoughts.
I’m sorry you don’t get to get one. That has to be super disappointing after the long wait. If probably feel a little bitter too. Maybe you can use some of the money for a little consolation prize that’s just for fun?
That’s a hard thing. Sorry for you.
My wife is also giving some “pressure” so I’m doubling down and saying that an upgrade might be a good idea.
Of course she knows my tricks and was off balance for only a moment. In the end she’s (somewhat) cool with me hanging in there, and I’m planning on a burst of activity and output as soon as I get it to justify it to her.
But everyone’s situation is different and you have my condolences.