That's why I sent Lon a request to do a video on ConOS, because he covered the situation you just hinted to.
Christopher Price Wrote:We're not going to ask our teammates in Europe to burn midnight oil to ship source code this weekend. Some cannot even leave their homes, and are under curfew. France is in a state of emergency.
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Wow. That story and this Console OS Kickstarter experience has been a life lesson for me. I thought that swindlers would back off in shame if confronted, but they just appear to double down. Incredible. And instructional.
Was funny to watch the videos about this guy.
Well, it reminded me a lot of C.P.
I believe that Kickstarter is culpable and aware of the consumer fleecing marketplace they have enabled. And they make money off it. After the Console OS/Mobile Media Ventures experience, every time it comes up, I relate the story... that all you are paying for is the project write up, with no consideration of any product or service actually being delivered. If you are good with that, great. For me, never again.
That's the problem - Kickstarter make money regardless if the project is successful or not and they make far more money on big projects despite the fact they do no more. As there's more failures people are going to go off Kickstarter as they realise Kickstarter offers no protection (ConsoleOS demonstrates that so well given there's no indication nothing was ever done for the project and the creator walked away with a tidy 80K) although it seems to be happening very slowly. I've been surprised that in all the reporting on that bike above despite the fact the cost is far, far below even the very cheapest bikes of that type, the company has no previous products released never mind a complex aero carbon bike, the quality of carbon is very important and extremely dangerous if not done properly, there's no prototype for reviewers to try (despite the Kickstarter putting logos and quotes from bike sites to imply endorsement) and the simplest fact that if the project fails, that's backers' two thousand dollars down the pan, there's been no warnings or anything on these articles.
On the Kickstarter page itself people are primarily discussing the geometry and colour of the bike, envisioning the worst that happens is the don't like the bike frame which is fine as they can change the parts to another bike which is still far cheaper than buying the parts. My skepticism may be misguided and the project will be successful but there's so may red flags that you'd think sites would be advising caution but apparently not and it seems when people see what they perceive as a bargain they hop straight in.
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