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Ups and Down of a Canadian Kickstarter Backer

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I’m still addicted to kickstarter. I love the quirky videos explaining the projects. I love the creativity being showcased. I love that for a small price you can help make the projects a reality, influence the design, and get early access to the finished product. Too bad the projects never seem to live up to the hype. Yet, for some explainable reason I keep backing more. The only cure for the inevitable letdown of the final product is to back a new project.

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18 months ago I backed my first kickstarter projects. One never got funded and the other two ran into problems shipping to Canada. The Bicycle Portraits books eventually arrived, but the project creators ended up spending as much on shipping as I paid them for the books. I had high hopes for windowfarms and it still looks like an excellent product, but they refuse to ship it to Canada. Apparently there are issues with the cost and concerns about moving agricultural products across the border. 18 months after they took my money ($118) they won’t answer emails, they refuse to give me a refund, and there’s no timeline if they’ll ever be able to ship windowfarms to Canada. Needless to say, I’m pissed off. The fourth project I backed cost me an unexpected $20 to get it through customs.

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I should probably stick to funding digital download games (like Republique and Banner Saga which are both close to shipping, and Massive Chalice which is currently raising funds). However, I’ve been tempted by a few fascinating board games. Urbanization was a huge disappointment, but Viticulture will arrive next next week and based on the positive experience I had with the campaign I also ordered Stonemaier Games 2nd project – Euphoria. Hopefully these games help redeem kickstarter for me or I might have to go cold turkey. There’s only so much abuse I can take from kickstarter.

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Kickstarter – Windowfarms, Bicycle Portraits, and OOPS

I’m addicted to kickstarter. I’ve funded three projects in the past few days. Check them out.

Two of the projects have 6 days left to get funding – until December 7, 2011. The Windowfarms project has already reached its minimum, but are promising not to offshore production if they can reach $200,000, and they’re 3/4 of the way there. The Bicycle Portraits project has only 2/3 of its funding minimum, so they need more support to make their project a reality. The third project, Order of Professional Sorcerers (OOPS), is a board game that is currently in beta testing. They still have 40 days to reach their funding goal.

Windowfarms – Vertical Food Gardens

Windowfarms let you grow fresh vegetables at home by taking advantage of natural light and climate control indoors. The roots are bathed in nutrients from the sea, preventing food plants from getting root bound (as they do in traditional soil filled containers). You get healthier roots, and fresher, more nutritious vegetables without dirt in small spaces.


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