I'm a freelancer and educator in upstate NY.
When the Scarlet was first released I was weighing my options between that and the Canon C300. I chose the scarlet because I loved the idea of shooting in raw, 4K, and the ability to upgrade the camera over time felt like I was getting more for my money. Over the years I've really come to love the Scarlet, and everything I can do with it. But as time has gone on and I started to consider the idea of upgrading, I noticed the cost of that upgrade came out to be nearly the same price as what I originally paid for the camera. It was like buying a car where they tell you that you can upgrade the engine in a few years, but that new engine costs as much the car did originally.
Now as I said, I love the Scarlet, but Red lost me for now. The whole "you must buy now", "your time is almost up", "we are giving a upgrade discount" (which was the same price as the original after a price increase) does not sit well with me. With other companies like Black Magic out there, I certainly don't have to be brand loyal. Not saying one is better than the other, just that there are more options available. And when I do decide to buy a new 4K Raw camera, it might be another company that is cutting edge and doing an upgrade for a more reasonable price.
For the scarlet, I always felt paying almost as much for the upgrade as I did for the original camera body put me off. With all the cool competition on the horizon the $3000 increase was just even more off the mark for me.
Still love the original camera though.