I posted this message on another thread about Cricuts. Might help with some of the posts wondering about the Cricut machines. You can also read about the differences on the Cricut website.
"I'll give you a tip! Im a scrapbooker and purchased a Cricut about a year ago. I went with the Create, for a few reasons.
First and foremost the price difference between the Create, Original and Expression. The Expression is significantly more expensive.
If you dont think you'll cut giant shapes, then go with the Create.
The Create is smaller, can be moved around easier. The Expression was designed to be more stationary.
The Create has more functionality than the Original.
I figure it like this, start with the Create. If your needs change, and you want to cut bigger shapes you can always upgrade to the Expression. Then you still have your Create which you can take with you to crops and use for smaller projects.
its totally worth the investment.
Also, I totally recommend buying the Storybook cartridge. Did you go to the at deseretdesigns.com site? Did you see the brown cake with the ABS monogram? Thats the Storybook cartridge. The whole design is.
If you scrap and do cakes, its the most versatile!
Oh and if you're still nervous about buying a Cricut, check out hallmarkscrapbook.com or scrapbook.com, I believe both sites sell refurbished machines for cheap. Might only be the original, but still worth looking into. try craigslist too."