kolstom classic: carbon fiber sunglasses
Creator: Justin K, Seattle, Washington
Date funded: 4/2/2012
# backers: 519
Project was to build a single model of carbon fiber sunglasses, in the basic shape of RayBans. Attracting 519 backers at $150 – $200 each, the project was funded on April 1, 2012 – which might have been the first clue to the project’s path. After repeated “unexpected delays” and problem updates, in April of 2013 the project creator (Justin Knowles) posted an update that said he had essentially burned through ~95% of backer funds, was now out of money from the pledges, and could no longer move forward. Based on backer comments and threats of legal action, the creator re-evaluated his position, and committed to finishing the project, leaning back against the Kickstarter TOS. In the year since that update, the project creator has posted infrequent “sorry it’s taking so long – we’re still having problems” updates, and been relatively unresponsive in the comments section of his project page. At the same time, backers report his facebook activity remains high, he’s gotten married or engaged, been on vacations, and continued work at his primary job (ProductCreationStudio in Seattle). The Kickstarter project has been back-burnered for him, as well as for his suppliers, given his presumed inability to pay those suppliers to act with any real urgency. Backers are now concerned about the creator’s ability to finish the project at a level of quality expected – especially for a high-tech fashion accessory worn on one’s face. As with any Kickstarter fail, this project has been rife with missed promised deadlines, update posting delays, and a general projection of apathy from the creator. We are now 25 months post funding, the creator has over $80,000 from backers who have received no product, and the most recent update from the creator indicates that he is unable to reach his manufacturing partner.
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