The Box came yesterday, in the morning. The Cutter I purchased is the 12" model. Genesis also makes a 16 model with a back light. The retail on the 12" is $296.00 and the 16" is $396.00 the light is another 50.00 new blades and harnesses are available for 25.00 and 35.00. Now if you ask me, that is a LOT of money for a paper cutter, and a manual one at that! I would have never or at least this week, shelled that kind of money out for a 12" paper cutter. I did however pay $31.00 including shipping.
I purchased mine on eBay. on Sunday I was just looking at youtube craft rooms, and this gal went on about her Genesis Cutter, queried friends from Operation Write Home on Face book, checked eBay, after all the rave reviews, clicked BIN and in four days it was on my work table! eBay is always risky, but I do buy and sell there and have have pretty good trading experiences.
The unit came packed well/safely in a homemade box wrapped in newspaper. On first inspection the cutting blade did not slide well, but other than that it was in perfect condition, no cracks, dings, dents stains. So I used triflow lubricant on the gears and gear track, worked it for a few minutes and now the blade and slide work beautifully! I have to say this is amazingly well designed, it has all metal gearing.
The blade slides on a gear track using a small rotary gear. the only plastic is a housing on that top bar. But since there is no stress on it I can't imaging it will crack anytime within the next 50 years, but if it does, there is a replacement part! Without having a micrometer (if I had one I wouldn't know how to use it anyway) I can't tell how or what the tolerances on these gears are. But I can tell you these are precision made and the proof is in the cutting!