I'm considering the silhouette cameo, as I've heard good things about it. My business is small, and I don't want to spend a lot of money.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!
I don't have any advice for you except that I would not purchase a Silhouette Cameo
. I am also a small business owner. I purchased one last December, and I greatly regret it. I didn't really know that much about the higher end machines at the time (Silver Bullet, Klic-n-Kut, etc.) or I would have gone for those. Yes they are pricey, but in the long run it seems that perhaps it might have been a better investment. Since purchasing my Cameo, I have yet to get mine to run consistently. It will not recognize the registration marks unless I mark over them with a sharpie and shine a flashlight at it. If I was just doing a few projects that might not be an issue, but if you are using it for business purposes, this is unacceptable. For a time, I couldn't get the software to work, so I switched to SCAL 4 Pro. So far, I like SCAL; but I can't get SCAL to "talk" to my Cameo. Again, it is the registration marks that are the issue. SCAL crashes when I try to get Silhouette to read the marks.
However, the biggest problem I've had is that the dual carriage system broke this past week. I can assign settings for Tool 1, but cannot assign separate settings to Tool 2. I contacted Silhouette tech support. It was going to be a 30+ min wait on the phone so I sent an email. Three days later they responded with a suggestion to a solution (locate and discard a corrupted file). Didn't work so I wrote them back. Their response was kind, but the gist of it was, there isn't much that can be done at the moment. So I am sort of stuck, and without a lot of support from Silhouette. I can work around it, using just one tool, but I purchased the Cameo 3 because of the dual tool capability.
I don't know if that is helpful to you or not, but from one small business owner to another
that has been my experience with the Silhouette Cameo. I deeply regret my purchase and am considering other machines.