Seems I'm not the only one who equates the arrival of the MakerBot as being similar to the arrival of the Apple Computer. See Thingiverse Blog article Are 3D Printers the Next Avalanche Tech? for their take on it.
btw, I finally got my order in for a Cupcake CNC on August 31st. Should be getting a Batch 7 machine sometime after the October 5th ship date.