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Kickstarter is a scam!! I funded a project which turned out to be a giant scam. Kickstarter will not refund the money, they give the money to these scammers without even caring about the project backers. They could easily change their policy and release funds as the project owners prove that they are legit. Kickstarter would rather just take their percentage and run with zero care about the backers who are getting scammed.
I funded a project that turned out to be a million dollar scam and Kickstarter won’t do anything or answer for us as users, on the contrary. The project was ERGOPLAX: The 15-in-1 Smart Ergonomic Sit and Stand Desk. Look for the comments on the project here: (**) I tried many times to ask for Kickstarter to do something or declare the project a scam but they never did. Some of the backers got to ask for a chargeback on their credit cards with their bank but Kickstarter disputed the payment saying that “this is the risk of supporting projects on their site.”
There's no chance of success in a lawsuit. We all gave money to the campaign and ticked the box acknowledging we might not get a reward, so we don't have a contract with anybody. That's why we backers need KickStarter to be more proactive in vetting Creators and monitoring campaigns, and feeding back directly to backers when appropriate, which they don’t do. Please beware if you are going to fund something on Kickstarter, because if it turns out to be a scam, then there’s nothing you’ll be able to do to get your money back.
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This company doesn’t support the backers and customer because they are greed with money. They mostly support illegal projects and are criminals themselves due to many fraud projects. Hope this company gets sued.
Think twice before you get in to bed with Kickstarter. When you back a project via Kickstarter you at NOT a customer to Kickstarter. Kickstarter will never treat you as a customer nor will they help you in any way when you get ripped off. Kickstarter will always have their customers interest first, and you are just Kickstarters product. I have reported these project scammers to Kickstarter so many times and Kickstarter just don´t care. They have already got their money from the project scammers.
I had two different accounts with them with two different cards. They charged the wrong card telling me that I couldn't change my payment option, which was a option given time and was changed before the Kickstarter ended because I was given that option to do so, but they still Charge the wrong card. The card that was deleted and changed. I cannot support any Kickstarter and will not recommend them to anyone I know or anyone looking at this review. Save your money and buy it later, don't back through Kickstarter.
You may never see your investment! Historically, if an investment doesn't get off the ground, your investment is returned to you. However, many of us made an investment in a product that never came to fruition and never saw our money. Over two years after the Kickstarter campaign began, and over a year since the last communication, it's clear we were duped.
Kickstarter used to be a great platform before scammer projects came into existence. When you support a project with your credit card, make sure that you research into the company because I have invested over $1000 into three Kickstarter projects and they have not sent me any of the items that they have promised me. Many of us on Kickstarter are confused and needed direction because we continually reported the scammers to Kickstarter but they did nothing. I had e-mailed Kickstarter about these projects but they sadly did not respond. Thus, I did what I had to do after failed attempts of contacting the scammer companies: reported scam to my bank in hopes of getting refunded for being lied to.
When I had figured out a way to gain help (since Kickstarter and the scammers obviously didn't listen) I had seen so many people in the comments section asking, even begging, for refunds or where their scammed products are. As a result, I told them what to do. I told them to call their banks and file for a scam. In one particular scam project, Gamma, I replied to people in the comments section about how I had my tracking number, had called into the delivery agencies, and they responded that there were no products given to them to ship to me! My tracking number was given to me in November of 2021 and I had paid extra money despite having received nothing yet (out of trust in this Gamma company). So I informed people that they were scamming us. You have no idea how many people have waited months almost a year for their items and if they did receive their jackets, it was not graphene as promised.
Guess what Kickstarter did? Banned me for "abuse". Kickstarter banned me for abuse for helping those of us who have no one to turn to because Kickstarter wouldn't listen. They banned me from commenting for a week because they think that I was "spamming". If they had all that time to punish me, why didn't they listen to the majority of us asking for their help?
Even if this Gamma company delivers jackets, the KS guidelines clearly state that we are to receive the products as promised. In one of the posts, someone had brought the jacket to the lab and had it tested. It was not graphene at all. So even if Gamma delivers me the jacket, it's not as promised. Where is Kickstarter in all of this?
People are really losing faith in this company and I am too. Again, all I'm saying is, if you're going to invest in a project at Kickstarter, make sure that it's legit or money that you're willing to lose because these scammers will bring you along for the ride blaming the delays on the pandemic and making false promises. Taking us FOR GRANTED.
There are many scam projects on Kickstarter. After taking your money they simply disappear. Kickstarter claims no responsibility and has zero customer service. Apparently Kickstarter has no recourse or any way to filter out these scams.
After being patient through the supposed delays they blamed on pandemic, I just got an email saying they have to close down, out of money, so sorry. From the comments on Kickstarter site besides myself it seems many people aren't going to get what was promised. I backed two other projects; one is so far behind schedule I fear I will lose these monies too and while too soon to tell on the other they are also making noises about quality and shipping issues. Kickstarter is all about getting projects funded, and this is their source of income, they do not give a hoot if the product is delivered as promised. My advice, stay away.
***DO NOT USE*** Very poor customer service. Do not waste your time with this. It's been hijacked by big business and you won't get zip. As a backer they have dodgy 'Non existent' customer protection if a company doesn't deliver as other sites do and if as a project creator you try to remove certain information as allowed 'by law' they won't let you. I made a formal request and was happy to allow them to retain the main points in the spirit of the thing (Or so I thought). They told me they'd removed what they thought they had too under the regulations (Didn't ask what I thought needed to go) and didn't change a darn thing. THEY LIED. It's all still there, every bit. Citing regulation that doesn't even apply to justify it. How pictures of my dog etc are required to prevent spamming and fraud I don't know...
I didn't mind them keeping the project details but after lying about removing it no chance. It goes in its entirety now or they'll have an official complaint lodged against them in days they can then explain it to the government. Other sites allow this and comply with 'the law' as they are required, they also don't charge a ridiculous percentage and offer backers proper protection which as a creator I'd have liked myself instead of them taking all the profits. ***DO NOT USE***
Kickstarter author review by Rose Spinelli
Since its inception in Brooklyn in 2009, Kickstarter has helped campaign owners raise nearly $2 billion to fund over 92,000 projects. It's a haven for creative projects across diverse categories such as dance, food, music and games, as well as a variety of subcategories, and has quality name recognition. Originally only for those living in the USA, Kickstarter continues to expand globally. In 2015 Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation, which means that they are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not shareholders.
All or nothing: The "all or nothing" philosophy at Kickstarter encourages donations and minimizes donor risks. Nearly half of Kickstarter projects get funded.
Fees: Kickstarter takes 5 percent of each donation if a project meets its goal, with a third-party processor collecting between 3 to 5 percent. Kickstarter does not charge fees when a campaign fails to meet its goal.
Name recognition: Backers who want to fund creative projects tend to gravitate to Kickstarter, and campaign owners benefit from that built-in audience. Entrepreneurs, and increasingly some businesses, can also use Kickstarter to fund a wide variety of creative projects.
Project visibility: Through curation, Kickstarter chooses to bring attention to those projects that are getting backer and media attention through the use of staff picks and weekly newsletters.
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