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2012-05-01 01:36:02 PM  
Detroit Needs Robocop

Proud to have thrown in my chump change!
 
2012-05-01 01:40:44 PM  
Kickstart - Take the risk of investing but only getting the pay back of buying a product!

That's what it sounds like to me.
 
2012-05-01 01:41:21 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: If I were still 12 years old I would totally be in for #24, the Hubble star cards.


I was thinking the same thing, I'd think they would sell quite well at many museum giftshops.
 
2012-05-01 01:43:34 PM  

DrBear: vodka:
Yeah but what happens if the project gets funded but never produces a product?
Same thing as with any project that has investors - the investors gambled and lost. (See "The Producers.")


Yes but as an investors you have very high capital gains potential. You have high risk but that potential of returns can be very high. In kickstart you have high risk for very limited reward.

It's like if you went to a store to buy something and they said you have a 1/4 shot of actually getting the product you want to buy.
 
2012-05-01 01:44:04 PM  
I've heard of KS a few days ago, when I stumbled upon a band seeking funds to go to China for a small tour. The band's name is MATTEO, and I liked what I heard, but didn't back them because they reached their goal by the time I heard about it.

/csb?
 
2012-05-01 01:45:11 PM  
The 37 saddest failed Kickstarter projects.

At once?!

Came for Clerks refference, leaving self satisfied.
 
2012-05-01 01:46:36 PM  

schattenteufel: meat0918: Is it just me, or am I missing the point of Kickstarter? Most of these just seemed like cheap ways to get the person a pittance of cash.


You're missing the point of kickstarter.


Ok.

I was thinking about using it to raise money for an urban garden project that is *this* close to being a reality (we have enough money, but extra for liability insurance and water and seeds and soil amendments helps), but things have happened the last 3 days that make the chosen site all of a sudden not so viable.
 
2012-05-01 01:47:40 PM  
I don't know why you'd need a Kickstarter to publish a non-illustrated book in this day and age. If you can't sell the book through traditional publishing channels, take your manuscript, convert it into ebook format and upload it to Amazon for sale in the Kindle store. If you get enough ebook sales, you can then parlay that into physical books getting printed, like Amanda Hocking did. Self publishing just seems like a huge waste of money.
 
2012-05-01 01:48:34 PM  

Corvus: Kickstart - Take the risk of investing but only getting the pay back of buying a product!

That's what it sounds like to me.


Yep, basically. It is great for niche products that would never be made otherwise though.
 
2012-05-01 01:49:41 PM  
And then you have the scams on KS.

I will back stuff on KS but do you homework first, folks.
 
2012-05-01 01:50:22 PM  
this is the only thing i've ever backed on there...

the girl's cute and I like her voice...

My friend's band was going to go the kickstarter route, but then decided to run a similar funding campaign on their own so they could keep whatever money they got, even if they didn't reach the $10K goal. It worked, and they were able to start making their new album.
 
2012-05-01 01:50:28 PM  
"This documentary shares the stories of three people who have all had an encounter with Christianity, but have all went different ways. One is rich and famous, one is in prision serving 25 years to life, and one is now an athiest."

Notwithstanding the dumb typos in the description, this could have been an interesting documentary in the right hands. I don't think I've ever seen a documentary about "former evangelicals", even though I've known probably hundreds of them and neither the Church nor the media seems too interested in talking about them.

I don't think those hands are the right ones, though.
 
2012-05-01 01:50:46 PM  

Dinobot: I'm a little sad because a friend of mine failed at her kickstarter to help her publish a children's book. At least she raised many times over all these fail kickstart projects combined...


just what the world needs, another self published children's book. where do i donate?
 
2012-05-01 01:53:42 PM  
CSB: One of the 2 Paultards at my work claims to have started a Kickstarter to raise money to finish editing and distribute his RON PAUL! "documentary". I'm assuming he's failing as no one wants to watch a 45 min Dragon Ball Z cartoon where somebody just super-imposes RON PAUL!'s head over Goku's body. (I shiat you not) I told him just to post it on You Tube but he claims it keeps getting taken off for copyright infringement. Don't really see how Kickstarter will change that but, he's a Paultard, who the fark knows what goes on in those kids heads.
 
2012-05-01 01:55:01 PM  
This is the one I'm seriously considering backing.
 
2012-05-01 01:55:29 PM  
They could sell some of those to network television as reality shows.
 
2012-05-01 01:57:50 PM  
After reading some of the silly stuff on KS, I decided to start up my own on there. Its a little LED bar that can be glued to cheap cellphones, so that the user has a flash and kickstand (future design).
 
2012-05-01 02:01:19 PM  

aphyd: I backed this (pops) on Kickstarter. It's seriously the best $20 I ever spent.


The best $20 I ever spent was when I took Debbie Simpson to see "Nine 1/2 Weeks" at the multiplex.
 
2012-05-01 02:04:33 PM  

Aardvark Ratnik: The best $20 I ever spent was when I took Debbie Simpson to see "Nine 1/2 Weeks" at the multiplex.


You too?
 
2012-05-01 02:05:48 PM  
What about wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns that turned out to be a ripoff scam?

The Classic:

ZionEyes™ anyone? Link
 
2012-05-01 02:09:03 PM  

aphyd: I backed this (pops) on Kickstarter. It's seriously the best $20 I ever spent.


That is awesome! What a great idea.
 
2012-05-01 02:12:02 PM  

Mad_Radhu: I don't know why you'd need a Kickstarter to publish a non-illustrated book in this day and age. If you can't sell the book through traditional publishing channels, take your manuscript, convert it into ebook format and upload it to Amazon for sale in the Kindle store. If you get enough ebook sales, you can then parlay that into physical books getting printed, like Amanda Hocking did. Self publishing just seems like a huge waste of money.


I think the last 4 purchases from the B&N store have been compilations of free domain scifi short stories that people have thrown together. For 3 dollars to keep me from having to search out 100 stories... yes please.
 
2012-05-01 02:14:33 PM  

semiotix: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x419]

Damn, now I'm curious what he'll do for your mom at the higher pledge levels.


I'd like that t-shirt just to stencil in an 'R" after the "U".
 
2012-05-01 02:17:44 PM  

aphyd: I backed this (pops) on Kickstarter. It's seriously the best $20 I ever spent.


Ok, that looks awesome. I'm gonna walk the dog with that tonight and see if he'll get eaten or not.
 
2012-05-01 02:29:01 PM  

Corvus: Kickstart - Take the risk of investing but only getting the pay back of buying a product!

That's what it sounds like to me.


Depends. As mentioned by someone else, many comic book creators fund their books via Kickstarter, and offer tiered incentives based on how much you donate. $20 may get you their comic book ("It's a graphic novel, Joel!") but $40 might get additional freebies like posters, artwork, personal sketches and commissions. I've seen some where on the high end you can get yourself drawn into the book itself.

Of course all that's meaningless if you're not into the funnybooks, but if you are, there's definitely some incentives to backing it if it's an artist or writer you like. Some bands do this as well, offering a thank you in the liner notes or the like...
 
2012-05-01 02:32:01 PM  
www.inkhead.com
 
2012-05-01 02:49:28 PM  
A pig in a pocket and the snake wants his turn too. The dog and the cat along with the rat all race toward the pocket to burrow inside.

img51.imageshack.us

Disapproves

img88.imageshack.us

...yet intrigued.
 
2012-05-01 02:59:50 PM  
meat0918: Is it just me, or am I missing the point of Kickstarter? Most of these just seemed like cheap ways to get the person a pittance of cash.

Diamond in the ruff. for every 1,000 people looking for free money, there's probably 1 thing either artistically and intellectually valuable, and 1 thing that could be hugely profitable.

But that's life. And it gives it better chance of getting picked up and pumped up then normal channels where you need the network to even get in the door.
 
2012-05-01 03:02:49 PM  
So Fark is telling me I shouldn't use Kickstarter to raise capital to found that video game company? Guess that Alpha Centauri sequel tribute's going to have to wait a more few years.
 
2012-05-01 03:03:43 PM  

Max Awesome: This is the one I'm seriously considering backing.


not sure why you'd think about backing it. it has over $7mill towards the $100k it was asking for. it's totally covered and then some.
 
2012-05-01 03:23:13 PM  
37 saddest? Couldn't you pretty much sort by column from zero and see thousands of sad cases?
 
2012-05-01 03:25:50 PM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com


I wonder if you can fly your model airplanes around them?


/Hotter than the fires of hell
//I'm a tall guy, so aisle seat please.
 
2012-05-01 03:36:13 PM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

.....Um...

i9.photobucket.com

....and, uh...

www.ae5x.com
 
2012-05-01 03:40:51 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: So Fark is telling me I shouldn't use Kickstarter to raise capital to found that video game company? Guess that Alpha Centauri sequel tribute's going to have to wait a more few years.


If you had A.) the rights, B.) proof of a coding staff that could make it happen and C.) some sort of concrete roadmap, all that I have would be yours.


...except what I need to live...
...and what i already Kicked to Shadowrun...
...and Grim Dawn...


fark it - I'll give you $20 and a Subway 6" if I can grab it during their morning BOGO. The point is, I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2012-05-01 03:44:40 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Max Awesome: This is the one I'm seriously considering backing.

not sure why you'd think about backing it. it has over $7mill towards the $100k it was asking for. it's totally covered and then some.


Yeah, they've done pretty well. I'd pledge just to pre-order a watch essentially.
 
2012-05-01 03:50:25 PM  
This is the only one I've backed thus far: Link. It is pretty fantastic if you are a tabletop gamer. These things are nigh indestructible, which comes in handy with some of the clumsy idiots I know.
 
2012-05-01 03:52:24 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Max Awesome: This is the one I'm seriously considering backing.

not sure why you'd think about backing it. it has over $7mill towards the $100k it was asking for. it's totally covered and then some.


Backers frequently receive the item at a deep discount compared to market price post-backing of the project. The project I backed above now sells for three times what I paid for it, plus shipping.
 
2012-05-01 04:00:11 PM  

Droog8912: This is the only one I've backed thus far: Link. It is pretty fantastic if you are a tabletop gamer. These things are nigh indestructible, which comes in handy with some of the clumsy idiots I know.


If I'd known about it I'd probably have been all over that...

As it is I jumped in on another wargaming kickstarter to pick up a bunch of cheap fancy bases and objective markers. I should troll around kickstarter more often maybe.
 
2012-05-01 04:01:09 PM  
I'm really looking forward to wefunder. It's going to be even cooler than kickstarter. The same crowd funding concept, but a little less art patronage-ish and a little more real start-up investor-ish.
 
2012-05-01 04:11:04 PM  
didn't the personal loans version of this go tits up?

/when even the hot chicks have a problem getting funding, what's really happening?
//begging is gauche
///offer folks something beyond 'thanks' for their support
 
2012-05-01 04:11:12 PM  

redstarr01: I'm really looking forward to wefunder. It's going to be even cooler than kickstarter. The same crowd funding concept, but a little less art patronage-ish and a little more real start-up investor-ish.


I wonder if they did a Kickstarter to get their start-up capital...
 
2012-05-01 04:15:24 PM  

Droog8912: This is the only one I've backed thus far: Link. It is pretty fantastic if you are a tabletop gamer. These things are nigh indestructible, which comes in handy with some of the clumsy idiots I know.


How did they get a picture of my table? The swine!
 
2012-05-01 04:16:04 PM  
This is the first I've heard of Kickstart, but what a great a idea - get people to pledge money for a project that they will have no control over and no way of knowing what the finished project will be - so much better than hitting them over the head and stealing their wallet.
 
2012-05-01 04:42:54 PM  
The work better if you have a fan base.

I backed this one:

s3.amazonaws.com
Hot as....

www.giantitp.com
/also hot as a Haley wardrobe malfunction
 
2012-05-01 04:46:51 PM  

Corvus: Kickstart - Take the risk of investing but only getting the pay back of buying a product!

That's what it sounds like to me.


Except the risk here is 20$ instead of 20M$.

It's a difference in scale. And it usually amounts to simply preordering a product at a reasonable discount.
 
2012-05-01 04:57:13 PM  
The best?
download.gamezone.com
/Hells yeah!
 
2012-05-01 05:01:21 PM  

sasbazooka: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x417]


I wonder if you can fly your model airplanes around them?


/Hotter than the fires of hell
//I'm a tall guy, so aisle seat please.


I would totaly do that. I'd see if I could 'buzz the gap' without wrecking my plane, because, damn, thouse things are expensive.
And it would be AWESOME.
 
2012-05-01 05:02:17 PM  

Corvus: Kickstart - Take the risk of investing but only getting the pay back of buying a product!

That's what it sounds like to me.


There's not much risk. If they don't get the full funding by the end of the pledge period, you don't get charged and they don't get a dime.
 
2012-05-01 05:10:00 PM  
Really, there's a transformer hooker who doesn't know about bus stations? You don't need start up cash you just show up as is and you'll get all the action you can handle

s3-ec.buzzfed.com

If you're riding Greyhound then getting with this guy will be the second worst thing to happen to you all day.
 
2012-05-01 06:25:07 PM  

Droog8912: The Flexecutioner: Max Awesome: This is the one I'm seriously considering backing.

not sure why you'd think about backing it. it has over $7mill towards the $100k it was asking for. it's totally covered and then some.

Backers frequently receive the item at a deep discount compared to market price post-backing of the project. The project I backed above now sells for three times what I paid for it, plus shipping.


i hadnt thought about that. i thought it was just for investing in a business. those watches look pretty cool if is still wore a watch. they only needed 100k and got 7mill. theyre gonna have to spend it on something like a massive ad campaign or a superbowl ad. kudos for the find Max Awesome.
 
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