Kickstarter Suspends Alleged AirBNB Squatter’s Second Game Campaign

Kickstarter Suspends Alleged AirBNB Squatter’s Second Game Campaign

In Palm Springs, California, a man booked a vacation condominium for 44 days, saying that he would be in town on a business trip. After 30 days, he gained rights as a tenant under California law, and refused to pay rent or to leave. When the story broke, he was discovered to be an indie game developer who has failed to deliver a Kickstarter-funded project. That’s when the justice of the sharing economy kicked in. Kind of. [More]

AirBNB Squatter’s Kickstarter Backers Revolt After “Would Squat Again” Comment

AirBNB Squatter’s Kickstarter Backers Revolt After “Would Squat Again” Comment

No one can prove with 100% certainty that the person who left a glib comment on the Kickstarter page for the game Confederate Express was Maksym Pashanin, game creator and alleged AirBNB squatter. However, the comment did prompt backers to declare the project a “scam” and demand refunds. [More]

AirBNB Squatter May Be Developer Of Overdue Kickstarter-Funded Game

AirBNB Squatter May Be Developer Of Overdue Kickstarter-Funded Game

The man occupying a vacation condominium in Palm Springs, California without paying rent was not thrilled that his new landlord planned to cut off the electricity. He said that it would affect his work, which he does from home and earns $1,000 to $7,000 per day. What kind of work? Developing video games, apparently. [More]

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Smartest Person Alive Invents Gadget That Fills & Ties 37 Water Balloons At Once

On the one hand, who wouldn’t want to be sitting pretty in a backyard fort with hundreds of water balloons that took only minutes to fill and tied themselves. On the other hand — no, I can’t. There is no downside to a device that allows you to fill 37 balloons with water at one time and spares you the time/pain of tying all those slippery little suckers. [More]

Sorry, but no.

Just Because One Guy Has Raised $52K For Potato Salad Doesn’t Mean Your Kickstarter Food Campaign Will Too

Oh brother, here we go [cue weary eyeroll]: Now that one guy is up to his ears in pledges for his Kickstarter effort to make potato salad — almost $53,000 at this point, with three weeks left — the Internet has of course, regurgitated a whole bunch of copycat food campaigns. [More]

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Man’s Kickstarter Goal For A Bowl Of Potato Salad Brings In Over $22K In Pledges

If you ever feel like there’s no one out there that supports your dreams and deepest desires to better yourself and learn new things, things you didn’t think you could do before, you’re problem wrong. Because even a guy with the simple goal of making potato salad for the first time managed to get more than $22,000 (as of this writing to fulfill his destiny). [More]

State Sues Kickstarter Project That Earned $25K But Failed To Deliver

State Sues Kickstarter Project That Earned $25K But Failed To Deliver

In what is believed to be the first consumer protection action taken by a state involving Kickstarter project, the attorney general for Washington state has filed suit against a company that raised $25,000 on the crowdfunding site but has allegedly failed to deliver anything to its backers or offer refunds. [More]

The Instacube: Kickstarter Success, Real-World Disaster

The Instacube: Kickstarter Success, Real-World Disaster

Do you remember, back in August of 2012, when the Instacube took Kickstarter by storm? The product is a square digital picture frame that connects to the Internet and is shaped like the Instagram logo. The product was a hit on the crowdfunding site, raising more than $600,000 and pre-selling a bunch of cubes. Which were supposed to arrive in backers’ hands in the spring of 2013. Only it didn’t. Why? [More]

Kickstarter Apologizes For Hack; Asks Users To Reset Passwords

Kickstarter Apologizes For Hack; Asks Users To Reset Passwords

Since it announced on Saturday evening that its user database had been hacked — giving cybercriminals access to some personal information for its users — crowdfunding website Kickstarter says it has received thousands of queries from users with questions about the incident. [More]

Kickstarter Isn’t A Store, But These People Still Want Their iPods

Kickstarter Isn’t A Store, But These People Still Want Their iPods

Earlier this year, Kickstarter made some changes to the way they deal with campaigns to find new types of hardware. Most importantly, the product has to actually exist. But what happens when the Kickstarted project is obsolete before it even ships? [More]

Kickstarter Finally Notices Messages From Lit Motors, Removes Scam Campaign

Kickstarter Finally Notices Messages From Lit Motors, Removes Scam Campaign

It’s a good day at Consumerist when we’re able to save even one person from sending a dollar to scammers. Yesterday, we brought the world’s attention to a Kickstarter campaign where mystery scammers were impersonating a real electric-vehicle company. Now Kickstarter has pulled down the campaign because of the copyright “dispute.” [More]

Who’s Behind The $100,000 Lit Motors Kickstarter Campaign? Not Lit Motors

Who’s Behind The $100,000 Lit Motors Kickstarter Campaign? Not Lit Motors

The C-1 from Lit Motors sounds like the perfect commuting vehicle: a small and zippy gyroscopic motorcycle that runs on electricity, and is enclosed and climate-controlled like a car. The first models hit the road in 2014, but you can reserve one of the first ones now, before the dealerships even open, by contributing $500 that will serve as your deposit to the C-1 Design Team’s Kickstarter campaign. Only the company says that they aren’t behind the campaign. Who is? Update: the campaign is down. Yay! [More]

Kickstarter Project Launched For ‘Freedom Of Information Act Machine’

Kickstarter Project Launched For ‘Freedom Of Information Act Machine’

Though the name of the Freedom Of Information Act might make it sound like one can just submit a request for government records and they will be released without hassle, in reality it’s a much more complicated process that can cost a lot of money and make even hardened investigators feel like giving up. That’s why the Center for Investigative Reporting has created the FOIA Machine. [More]

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I Just Want UPS To Take My Money, Let Me Use MyChoice Premium

Some of our readers aren’t fond of UPS’s MyChoice Premium, comparing it to a protection racket for items that you’ve already paid to have delivered to your house. We get that. Michael likes the concept and finds it useful. Or he would if UPS would actually apply it to his packages. [More]

Kickstarter Pulls Controversial “Seduction Guide,” But Only After It’s Been Funded

Kickstarter Pulls Controversial “Seduction Guide,” But Only After It’s Been Funded

Crowd-funding site Kickstarter is doing the apology dance today, admitting that it shouldn’t have allowed the author of a self-help “guide on getting awesome with women” to post his project on the site, as some claim the book encourages men to be overly aggressive toward women. But the apology came too late to stop the project from receiving the $16,000 in funding it managed to raise by the deadline. [More]

The red paw and the other three illustrations originally posted on this Kickstarter project came from a Google Image search.

Using Other People’s Images To Market Your Skill As An Artist Is Probably Not A Good Idea

A couple weeks back we suggested that a bit of Google Image research can help prevent consumers from investing in a Kickstarter project that isn’t legitimate. But one project creator thought it would be okay to use results of a Google Image search to promote her ability as an artist. [More]

A product quite similar to the project was for sale on Amazon.

Why Would I Fund A “New” Kickstarter Product If I Can Find It Cheaper Elsewhere?

That headline is a big fat rhetorical. No one would (or should) pledge to back a Kickstarter product if it’s already for sale — meaning the creator may not have come up with it in the first place — and is cheaper elsewhere on the Internets. In a recent case of a project gone awry, the creator behind a “three-in-one” USB cable that can charge a mobile device, transfer data and read cards found themselves in hot water when a few of the 464 backers noticed the exact same thing on sites like Amazon.com. Kickstarter suspended the project yesterday. [More]

These watches were being sold for $100 on Kickstarter, but you could buy one online for $15.

Do A Bit Of Research On Kickstarter Projects Before You Hand Over $100 For A $15 Watch

The projects looking for crowd-sourced funds on Kickstarter range from the absurd to the brilliant, but a few of them are just plain scams. One very questionable project is currently suspended over such concerns, but not until after it scored donations of more than $9,000. [More]