Having previously listed the worst Kickstarters that have ever graced the crowdfunding website, we thought it was time to seek out some of the best Kickstarters of all time. That didn’t go so well, leading us to believe quality Kickstarters are becoming harder to find.
Two’s Company, Three’s A Crowd
We asked you, What Is Your Favorite Kickstarter Of All Time? This question spectacularly failed to generate a discussion, with just three readers taking the time out to name their favorite Kickstarter campaign. Three may, in the words of De La Soul, be the magic number, but such a small number of comments isn’t many to try and draw conclusions from.
All we can really do is list the quality Kickstarters mentioned, along with a brief look at how they resonated with potential crowdfunding supporters.
The Pebble Watch smashed through its original $100,000 funding goal to hit $10 million. While there are some complaints about watches never having been received, most rewards appear to have been honored. You can still buy a Pebble Watch, and we’ve even reviewed one here on MakeUseOf.
After receiving lots of positive press coverage Phorce raised almost $200,000 on Kickstarter at the end of 2012. Sadly, the product still hasn’t shipped despite an estimated delivery date of May 2013. Still, the project creators are updating backers, which suggests they haven’t just run off with the money.
The Veronica Mars TV show was cancelled in 2007 after just three seasons. However, show creator Rob Thomas felt there were enough fans out there to fund a movie. He was right, as 91,000 backers pledged over $5 million to make it happen. It has since been released as and when promised.
If you feel this article is unfair to Kickstarter, and that there are still some brilliant products and projects being crowdfunded through the site, please let us know in the comments section below. If we get more than three comments we’ll consider this request a rousing success.
Comment Of The Week
With so few comments to choose from this week, we can thank everyone who did contribute to the discussion. Those good people being Poil46, Horace C, and Greg. Comment Of The Week goes to Greg, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
Best Project: Veronica Mars Movie. Raised a huge amount of money. Delivered the product as promised.
Honorable mention: Yolkr. I like the egg sucker and it was one of the first Kickstarter projects I saw. I didn’t back it, but purchased a Yolkr at Homegoods for about a quarter of the Kickstarter price a few weeks ago.
We chose this comment from the vast array of comments proffered because it named two great Kickstarters: The Veronica Mars Movie and Yolkr. It also offered a reminder that even if you miss out on a product at the Kickstarter stage you may be able to buy it cheaper at a later date.
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