After doing a lot of research, I've decided I want to purchase a Creality CR-10S as my first 3D printer. I'm trying to locate a reputable, local seller. Other than Amazon, which seems to have a bit of a mark-up on price, I'm finding several websites that seem to be located outside of the US. Can anyone direct me to a seller located in the US?
I’ve bought two printers (CR-10S and Ender 2)from Tiny Machines in Houston Texas. They unbox them from China and assemble them and make a test print. You get a checklist of the tests performed. They will also flash a bootloader and updated Marlin for $10.
Yeah, you’ll pay more but if you spend any time in printer forums you’ll hear lots of complaining about missing/broken parts or DOA units.
They also stock spare parts here in the US.
Good luck to you!
I am afraid unless you are available to accept the mark-up, you won't find a reputable seller other than in mainland China. The entire business model of Creality is "cheap-cheap-cheap B2C" and any step you add to the supply chain (like a reseller) will be:
- An added cost that will be reflected on the final price you pay
- A reseller-based initiative, meaning that it won't be part of a "creality global distribution network", but the project of that local entreprenour.
That said, I read in a couple of places that tiny machines (Houston, Texas) does a good job by testing each unit prior to shipping, and has similar lead times than good sellers from China (a couple of weeks).
Please note I am not affiliated with them in any way. For that matters, I don't even leave in North America nor have purchased anything from them.
My friend found an Ender 3, basically the same thing as a cr-10, at Best Buy. I wouldn't be surprised if you came across a cr-10s there as well. Keep in mind if you are going to buy one, to also get a warranty as printers can come damaged and break later. It is better to be safe rather than sorry.