Why I’ve Given Up on Kickstarter

In the past 18 months, I have funded three projects on Kickstarter. I won’t mention them here because I don’t think any of them deserve to be further humiliated, nor do I want to give them any more exposure.

All three of them were pretty cool consumer products involving payment systems, home automation and fitness. All of them are woefully behind the schedule they promised when they accepted my money.

One of them graciously refunded my money, another did so grudgingly after taking out a “processing fee” and the third has never responded to a single email.

What has become abundantly clear to me over the years that I have funded Kickstarter projects is that it’s a long way from great idea with a nifty promotional video to a working product. I’m sure there is some sort of curation process of projects by Kickstarter, but then again, looking at some of the active projects makes me think otherwise.

Bottom line for me: when I can buy it at a local store or from an established online retailer, I’ll do so. Until then, good luck with other suckers’ money.