I've been wanting a 3D printer for quite a while, but we could never really justify the cost. A couple of co-workers were raving about the Prusa i3 Mk2 (http://www.prusa3d.com/) and all the awards it had just won. I had looked around at others as well, but the general consensus was this was the real deal. The only thing I had to do now was convince my wife.
She asked the typical questions: "What are you going to do with it?" "It's so expensive!" "You'll just print little doo-dads." "That's an expensive toy!" What guy's toy isn't expensive, huh? It wasn't until she saw that it could print doll furniture that she was hooked as well.
My co-workers and I all ordered our printers within a month or so, but with a 2 month backlog at Prusa the wait was killer. Finally, my kit arrived! I spent the first evening into the wee hours assembling the main bed. Wow! This thing is like IKEA on steroids! The next day I spent all morning assembling the rest and started the calibration. All told, assembly was some 8-9 hours!
I've been steadily printing stuff since then: a couple doo-dads, Pokemon characters and stuff for my RC planes.