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on October 30, 2013
Oh, yes, the magnetic platform is very magnetic, they give you 1 cutting pad, 1 embossing mat and even a set of dies (although so not have your heart set on the dies you see advertised, you may get a different set. I got scalloped squares).
I cannot tell you the lifespan of the cutting pad because I used the platform 10 times and tossed it. My Sizzix BigKick's cutting pads may have looked like Hell, but I could get HUNDREDS of cuts in them before I bought another pair. Since I have different sizes of dies I also have several sizes of cutting pads, which the Genius does not have.
The main reason we (fellow papercrafters) wanted these magnetic platforms for our machines is to have the ability to place a die OVER a stamped image or any image printed on a piece of paper or cardstock and cut it out.
With the regular platforms that come with our machines (Sizzix BigShot, BigKick, Vagabond, etc) we have to use a sticky note to hold the die in place over the image and run it through the machine.
With Magnetic platforms, the die will sit exactly where we put them while they run them through the machine without shifting.
The Magnetic Platform by Sizzix or Stampin' Up!'s Magnetic Platform (also made by Sizzix) allows you to put a cutting pad down on the platform, then the paper/cardstock with the image facing up, then place the die, cutting blade down, over the image and lay the second cutting pad down. Even with the thick acrylic cutting pad and cardstock between the die and the magnets, the die doesn't move.
With the Genius, you have to put the die down on the platform with the cutting edge facing up, then attempt to place your stamped image over where you think the die is and use a sticky note to hold the paper in place and a cutting pad.
In this manner, you would still have to use sticky notes to hold the image in place over the die, but even then, you will not be able to tell if the image is in the correct position over the die.
Even a few reviewers here on Amazon have stated they still have to use sticky notes with the Genius.
I gave my Genius Magnetic Platform to hubby who was going to take it apart for the magnets while I bought a Stampin' Up! Magnetic platform. I tested it immediately and it worked like a charm. From 1/2" dies to the 5-7/16" Label dies, no shifting, no sticky notes and a perfect cut out of the stamped image. This is my "Go-to" platform when precision cutting an image or when using Sizzix Thinlits, Framelits or Spellbinders dies. For general die cutting I use the regular platform.
What is the point of spending $49.99 for this magnetic platform (that isn't very magnetic), when I can spend $39.99 on a Sizzix or Stampin' Up! magnetic platform with strong magnets and no more sticky notes!
What is the purpose of this platform?
Save yourself major headaches and buy the Sizzix or Stampin' Up! magnetic platform and use the extra $10 for some Godiva.