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When Kickstarter Projects Go Missing 86

Posted by timothy
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On Friday, we posted about Kickstarter's new rules of engagement, including some new rules under which some of the most popular Kickstarter projects to date might never have surfaced. But what about ones that make it to the site, then disappear? Wired takes a look at what happens to those Kickstarter projects that for one reason or another get yanked from the site. (DMCA complaints apparently are often that one reason.)
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When Kickstarter Projects Go Missing

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  • by Bieeanda (961632) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @02:19PM (#41429691)
    Most Kickstarters for digital or physical goods include pledge tiers that offer the item under development at a below-release cost. It's a risk either way: there's the possibility that the project won't come to fruition (and you're out twenty bucks), or it will and it'll cost you fifty post-launch.

    In a lot of cases, the Kickstarter project will be their only big sale as well-- a lot of the stuff being touted is seriously boutique, to say the least.

  • by anss123 (985305) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @03:19PM (#41430109)
    And for that I get the game, soundtrack and art book in a jewel case. Shipping is free, and had I pledged more I could have gotten more stuff. Had the kickstarter failed to be founded, I would have paid nothing.

    This particular project has a good chance of delivering, having already made a working demo of the game, so the $60 was not much different that preordering some limited edition of the next CoD game. Without kickstarter this game would never have been made, so in my eyes kickstarter have served a purpose that no other service I know of could have managed.

    Naturally there's always a chance they will take their money and run, but the last $60 CoD game I bought was absolute garbage (despite stellar reviews), so there's always a bit of risk involved no matter how you spend your hard earned coin. It may not be a risk you are willing to take, but fortunately plenty of folks are, and thus project like Giana can see the light of day.
  • by Anonymice (1400397) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @03:47PM (#41430353)
    I was under the understanding the money was only withdrawn once the product had reached its funding target? An all or nothing kinda' thing?
  • by pubwvj (1045960) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @07:42PM (#41431905)

    "Call me a scrooge, but the idea of donating money to projects that will eventually charge you to purchase the product they produce seems ridiculous to me. On top of that, there is no guarantee that the project you donate to will see the light of day. Honestly, can someone tell me why this is such an appealing option?"

    I don't think you're Scrooge but how about not quite clear on the concept.

    You aren't donating. You are buying into.

    We have a Kickstarter project which successfully funded to help our farm build an on-farm USDA inspected meat processing facility for our pastured pigs. See:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sugarmtnfarm/building-a-butcher-shop-on-sugarmountainfarm [kickstarter.com]

    Our project was successfully funded.
    We're building our butcher shop. (We're about to make the next pour of concrete.)
    People who were 'backers' got to choose 'rewards' which which in almost all cases are meat from our farm.
    They are paying a price for product created by the project.
    It's a pre-buy.
    Think CSA.

    It's isn't a donation.
    It isn't tax deductible.
    It isn't charity.

    It is people backing a project that they want the product from because they feel confident in the creator's ability to produce the product.

    It is important to understand that a Kickstarter project is not a store in the sense that you are not buying an existing product off the shelf but helping a creator bring a product to market. Generally you get some special aspect such as being first in line, special colors or features, added goodies like T-shirts, etc as well as satisfaction in being part of something. Most people who pledge to a project already know the creator.

    So, if you're feeling Scroogish, be sure to back projects you feel confident in getting your 'reward' from. Check out the creator to see if you think they can produce.

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