Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has become a novel and interesting way to bring your project or product to market. But as simple as it seems, the site has not been without its challenges. When you become a backer, the question still remains: What are you really getting?
Well it better be what was promised, according to a Washington State lawsuit. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a suit against Ed Nash of Altius Management for an alleged failure to deliver on any of the promised merchandise from his Kickstarter campaign for retro-horror themed playing cards, among other things for backers who paid for.
The campaign was fully funded on October 31st, 2012 and it seems that not a single backer has received their due. If Ferguson wins the case, at least 31 backers from the state of Washington will receive their money back, and Nash could be charged up to $2,000 per violation under the Consumer Protection Act, writes Joe Silver for Ars Technica.
And backers seem to have the wrong sentiment. Backing a Kickstarter is not like buying stock, or investing in a company other than during one production run. If a user invested in the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, and a lot of people did, then the most they are owed is the reward for paying $5,000 or more.