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After this mPrinter thing, I am not backing any Kickstarter projects anymore. Though still have faith in crowdfunding. Anyway I saw the link on my tweets and it's about the collapse of the Zano drone project on Kickstarter, Check this out (and read the comments too)
What I'd love to know is what happened to the actual physical products that WERE produced. I can't imagine that the images of those boxes were doctored. Even if there were terminally faulty engineering going on, *something* was produced. At this point I'd even gladly take the (potentially) broken junk (if that's what the problem is) and try to fix up whatever wasn't working properly. The lack of open communication - and false communication - to micro-investors is what is disheartening to me.
@Jay Dessi: Agreed. It's really unfortunate too.
Almost 3 months and no response, so assuming that the battery refund offer wasn't genuine. Ventures fail all the time; but I think what will be judged in the long run here won't be the failure itself but the (mis)management of it.
I see you'd logged in to your KS account yesterday. So I guess you've already seen my earlier messages requesting for a refund. Kindly request you to initiate a refund for my battery purchase at least. You can either Paypal it to my email or refund to CC. I can even share my Bitcoin address if you want.
Let's hope this thief is next in line.
Regulators have already started clamping down on crowdfunding fraud, but they're now getting those project creators to pay up when they leave backers hanging http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/13/washington-state-orders-crowdfunding-fraud-penalty/
Send this to every blog and media outlet you can think of.
Between Aug 14 2012 - Sep 13 2012, Andy Muldowney scammed 706 people out of $88,018 with most backers paying $125 for a printer that never arrived. He has lied to his backers via updates to try to appear as if he had production issues, and recently he posted a 'final update' telling backers that
"After a long road and lots of hurdles, I regret to inform everyone that we will be unable to complete fulfillment of the mPrinter project. After both your generous support and a large financial investment of my own, it's simply no longer possible to complete shipments to backers."
Kickstarter's terms state that
"Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
There is a lot of discussion on the kickstarter page that you will find interesting. Please give this coverage, Andy Muldowney scammed people out of $88,018 and should not get away with it.
Hmm, rolled the dice and lost. I should have been more careful.
Of course well done. Here's a cookie you monster.
I was doing precisely that, which is how I found these other awful things - and it appears that I hit a nerve. :)
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Also in this thread (besides the whole mustache-twirling evil of crashing an unrelated wedding):
- Doxxing information on a completely different Andy Muldowney; this was eventually retracted, not that it stopped people from harassing his employer in the meantime anyway.
- Implying people should harass a free and open source software project because of one of its contributors. Classy. Because the open source software project is totally responsible for all the ethical behavior of all its contributors for all time... Errr, that sounds totally insane, actually.
- Interrupting a business's talk and demonstration on their own technology because they recently hired Andy. Nice job hurting the business that sca... Wait, they did nothing to you at all.
I don't care if he committed genocide - you don't go after these other people. They have nothing to do with your problems, and you are being a colossal jerk to drag them into this. No, Andy did NOT drag them into this - YOU ARE. They did not lie to you, they did not take your money, and they did not string you along. The only person who has decided to drag them through the mud is *YOU* - don't weasel out of that responsibility.
How would you feel if YOUR wedding was interrupted by some guy barging in and screaming at one of your guests? How would you feel if your employer was contacted and told you were a scammer because you happen to have the same name as someone else? How would you feel if your important business presentation was destroyed by some clown trying to assault one of your employees during the talk?
You are so caught up in some sort of 'justice' fantasy that you really can't see all of the other people you're hurting along the way, and that simply makes you a monster.
I just realized that you are seriously telling people to crash a *COMPLETELY UNRELATED* wedding that Andy will merely be *ATTENDING*. Are you aware of the collateral damage here?
That you're ruining an extremely special day for two people merely because they are friends with Andy?
Did the bride and groom - who have nothing to do with this Kickstarter - take your money? Did the bride's father - who has probably been looking forward to walking his little girl down the aisle for most of his adult life - do something to deserve having that moment ruined for him? Does the groom's mother deserve to have her son's happiest day interrupted because of one person in the audience? Do you somehow think that will result in anything other than you destroying an extremely special moment for potentially a hundred other people that have nothing with mPrinter or EVEN HEARD OF IT?
WTF!? Are people seriously tracking this guy's wife and kids? Do you have any idea of how massively out of line that is? At what point did losing your $100 make it OK to start doxing his family? And please don't give me some sanctimonious crap that you're trying to make this right for all $88,000 - you aren't. You're obviously just a pissed off jerkwad who's using some BS 'greater good' to make you feel like your awful witch hunt against a man's family is somehow morally acceptable. It isn't.
Did his *WIFE* steal from you? Did his *KIDS* ensure this was a scam? Please, feel free to go after his business and him as a professional, but the second you start going after his family you are completely bonkers.
Doxxing is wrong. Full. Stop.
Startups sadly fail. i don't expect every kickstarter project to be a success.
However I have backed quite a few projects as I love many of the ideas here.
Some (like this) never arrived. I spent 290$ on two Mprinters + shipping, so I'm of course not happy with this.
I agree with many that the info regarding this project has been horrible, and an explanation should be in place. What pisses me off is that the project doesn't even apologize in one word to all the funders who have been more than patient.
Sorry to say KICKSTARTER, you have to start following up on projects to at least check what the money collected has been used on. This is common with support given to entrepreneurs.
Like I mentioned earlier I have backed many projects. Some never arrived, some are so poorly built it can hardly be used and only a few have been what could be expected.
My tip at the moment: Be more sceptical (as we have no rights at the moment), and just buy the finished product for a few dollars more after the product is launched.
@skypax email me email@example.com, let's talk further.
First rate scammer.. He is.. Dont give any explaination through out these past years and didnt mention why he fail to commit it. Why i even bother with this freaking website in the first place. No protection for user like us from this kind of people. Back to ebay then..
Andy is a smart person so he will be refunding MIke Ruiz's battery direct purchase (see final updates comments) but ignore our backers' requests since that was "protected" by Kickstarter's term. right? (even worse, he didn't even care to explain how he failed this project to his backers in the final update)
I don't mind losing the money (I don't think I can get a refund, if I do I'll donate to a charity) but the way Andy handle this project is terrible.
Posting this dude’s wife’s Facebook profile? Stalking him at a wedding? All because he didn’t give you a fucking printer?! You people are worse than the Westboro Baptist Church.
We all made a high-risk investment and lost. Deal with it.
@ Lauren W. Interesting article, but in this case it is not long-delayed, it is fraud, lies and false statements. If you have not done so, file a complaint withe the FTC on this project https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
something to read
Between Kickstarter’s frauds and phenoms live long-delayed projects
The Kickstarter bubble is finally starting to burst, for better or worse… that’s a bit troubling for the creative and tech community. Bad press due to these failures/ scams is a scary thing.
We need more backers reporting to the FTC for them to act. So contact FTC and let them know what happened.
Please send mPrinter for all backers!!!
Any updates? FTC is cracking down on Kickstarter scams. Now if only someone can grab their attention to this project too http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/11/the-ftcs-first-crowdfunding-enforcement-is-over-a-failed-board-game-on-kickstarter/
The Andy Muldowney we want does not work for Lucidworks. A representative from Lucidworks informed me that this is a DIFFERENT Andy Muldowney who is a partner of Lucidworks. Accordingly, please do not contact or bother Lucidworks in this matter.
I have a feeling he only shipped me one back in February because I hit a bit close to home in tracking him down. Sorry if that got anyone's hopes up.
Guys, are you for real?
Do you honestly think this scammer will ship you anything after THREE YEARS?
Anyone ever received this??
Will these printers ever ship? I have moved twice since ordering this and am now in a different state! Can I update the "Ship-To"?
okay, some people may read it already. Anyway mPrinter was mentioned in an illustration.
ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder
What happens when a Kickstarter project fails to launch?
Just read the article through a link from Daring Fireball
CST-01: $1M Kickstarter With Nothing to Show
I kind of agreed Gruber's comment "Crowdfunded products are gambles, especially hardware ones."
At some level I had made peace before you wrote again and started making new promises!... Now you've just reminded me how angry and disappointed I was before!!! $100 - $200 bucks won't make any of us richer or poorer, it's a matter or principles and values. Shame on you for taking what's not your's.