Hello, Kickstarter rewards (updated)

UPDATE: I posted some updates on whether I finally received some rewards from backing projects (Feb. 2015).

I love Kickstarter, but the rewards are often extremely delayed. Here’s my experience since 2009 with a fun graph at the bottom of this post with my findings…

Kickstarter

Allison Weiss’s Full Length Record (Funded Aug. 2009)

  • Pledged: $30
  • Delivery Estimate: N/A (this was before shipping estimates were required)
  • Received Reward: Nov. 2009 (on-time)

WALdok – Plug-In Speaker for iPhone/iPod (Funded Feb. 2011)

  • Pledged: $59
  • Delivery Estimate: N/A (this was before shipping estimates were required)
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 34 MONTHS BEHIND SCHEDULE
  • UPDATE: Still no contact from creator… now over 4 years late.

Elevation Dock for iPhone (Funded Feb. 2012)

  • Pledged: $59
  • Delivery Estimate: Apr. 2012
  • Received Reward: Oct. 2012 (6 months late)

Double Fine Adventure (PC Game) (Funded Feb. 2012)

  • Pledged: $15
  • Delivery Estimate: Oct. 2012
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 13 MONTHS BEHIND SCHEDULE
  • UPDATE: Finally received, sheesh.

Elevation Dock for iPhone (Funded Feb. 2012)

  • Pledged: $59
  • Delivery Estimate: Apr. 2012
  • Received Reward: Oct. 2012 (6 months late)

Slim: The Thinnest Wallet Ever (Funded Aug. 2012)

  • Pledged: $25
  • Delivery Estimate: Sept. 2012
  • Received Reward: Jan. 2013 (4 months late)

Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary (Funded Sept. 2012)

  • Pledged: $65
  • Delivery Estimate: May. 2014
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Still haven’t received

Sprout: A Pencil with a Seed (Funded Sept. 2012)

  • Pledged: $5
  • Delivery Estimate: Oct. 2012
  • Received Reward: Oct. 2012 (on-time)

Kerfluffles Marshmallows (Funded Oct. 2012)

  • Pledged: $5
  • Delivery Estimate: Nov. 2012
  • Received Reward: Feb. 2012 (3 months late)
  • UPDATE: Their building burned down in 2013 and all marshmallow production has stopped.

Project Eternity (PC Game) (Funded Oct. 2012)

  • Pledged: $25
  • Delivery Estimate: Apr. 2014
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received

The World of Steam (Funded Nov. 2012)

  • Pledged: $25
  • Delivery Estimate: Oct. 2013
  • Received Reward: Nov. 2013 (1 month late)

Guilds of Cadwallon (Board Game) (Funded Dec. 2012)

  • Pledged: $25
  • Delivery Estimate: Mar. 2013
  • Received Reward: Apr. 2013 (1 month late)

The Maze of Games: An Interactive Puzzle Novel (Funded Mar. 2013)

  • Pledged: $125
  • Delivery Estimate: Nov. 2013
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 1 MONTH BEHIND SCHEDULE
  • UPDATE: Received (and was so fun!)

The Lockout: A Musical (Funded Feb. 2013)

  • Pledged: $10
  • Delivery Estimate: Aug. 2013
  • Received Reward: Aug. 2013 (on-time)

Simple Bracket: A March Madness iPhone App (Funded Mar. 2013)

  • Pledged: $1
  • Delivery Estimate: Mar. 2013
  • Received Reward: Mar. 2013 (on-time)

Lumio: A Modern Lamp (Funded Mar. 2013)

  • Pledged: $125
  • Delivery Estimate: Jul. 2013
  • Received Reward: Sept. 2013 (2 months late)

Shift: The Single Card CCG (Funded Mar. 2013)

  • Pledged: $15
  • Delivery Estimate: Jul. 2013
  • Received Reward: Aug. 2013 (1 month late)

Operation Milky Way (Funded Apr. 2013)

  • Pledged: $50
  • Delivery Estimate: Aug. 2013
  • Received Reward: Nov. 2013 (3 months late)

Thermodo: The Tiny Thermometer for iPhone (Funded Apr. 2013)

  • Pledged: $39
  • Delivery Estimate: Aug. 2013
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 3 MONTHS BEHIND
  • UPDATE: Received (and doesn’t work at all, 100% inaccurate)

Moby Dick: The Card Game (Funded May. 2013)

  • Pledged: $30
  • Delivery Estimate: Sept. 2013
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 2 MONTHS BEHIND
  • UPDATE: Received (and is my all-time-favorite-card-game-ever)

Penny Arcade’s DLC Podcast (Funded May. 2013)

  • Pledged: $55
  • Delivery Estimate: Jun. 2013
  • Received Reward: Jul. 2013 (1 month late)

TYPE: A Letterpress Desk Calendar (Funded Jun. 2013)

  • Pledged: $30
  • Delivery Estimate: Jul. 2013
  • Received Reward: Aug. 2013 (1 month late)

TRAKLINE Belt (Funded Jun. 2013)

  • Pledged: $59
  • Delivery Estimate: Jul. 2013
  • Received Reward: Oct. 2013 (2 months late)

Mutator: Mute your iPhone (Funded Jun. 2013)

  • Pledged: $13
  • Delivery Estimate: Oct. 2013
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 1 MONTH BEHIND SCHEDULE
  • UPDATE: Still not received… over a year late.

Double Fine’s MASSIVE CHALICE (Funded Jun. 2013)

  • Pledged: $20
  • Delivery Estimate: Sept. 2014
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received

Boss Fight: A Card Game (Funded Jul. 2013)

  • Pledged: $25
  • Delivery Estimate: Aug. 2014
  • Received Reward: NOT YET RECEIVED, 3 MONTHS BEHIND SCHEDULE
  • UPDATE: Received (and fun with a group)

Garlic & Chile Pepper Salts (Funded Sept. 2013)

  • Pledged: $35
  • Delivery Estimate: Sept. 2014
  • Received Reward: Nov. 2014 (2 months late)

Neat Ice Kit (Funded Sept. 2013)

  • Pledged: $70
  • Delivery Estimate: Apr. 2014
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received (and used all the time)

EverDock for iPhone (Funded Oct. 2013)

  • Pledged: $49
  • Delivery Estimate: Dec. 2013
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received (and awesome!)

Tracy Hickman’s Sojourner Tales (Board Game) (Funded Oct. 2013)

  • Pledged: $50
  • Delivery Estimate: Mar. 2014
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received (but still haven’t had time to play)

Beer Press Coasters (Funded Nov. 2013)

  • Pledged: $29
  • Delivery Estimate: Dec. 2013
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received (but really poor quality)

Astronomy Diary 2014 (Funded Nov. 2013)

  • Pledged: $15
  • Delivery Estimate: Dec. 2013
  • Received Reward: STILL TIME TO MEET ESTIMATE
  • UPDATE: Received (but not in color)

So in summary, I recommend every Kickstarter project creator add a minimum of 3 months to their “Delivery Estimate” no matter what the project or how fast you think you can deliver it to your backers… also, apparently I’ve spent $1,124 backing projects over the years.

Summary

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