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      Creator John Driggers 3 days ago

      @Minh - I plan to approach Blendtec and ask if they would like a video of mine.

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      Creator andrew 6 days ago

      how many speakers will be included in the first shipment? can you provide a breakdown on total number of speakers (looks like 350) and their status in the fulfillment process?

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      Creator Minh Tran on April 12

      I genuinely expect my product to be shipped next week. It has been over a year since I funded your project. And there has been incredibly poor communication from this company. As soon as i get my product I'm going to throw it in the bin and tell everyone to not buy your product.

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      Creator John Driggers on April 11

      Out of curiosity, where are you going to ship this first batch, and how many speakers are in it?

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on April 9

      Hi Brad! It's looking good, it seems like we'll be able to start shipping 7 days from now (April 16th). We just decided that Martin is going to the factory in China to go through the first batch. He will probably go there sunday-wednesday, so new update coming up shortly!

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      Creator Brad Dancer on April 8

      Progress on shipping? % completed, where things stand - you have a new community manager, i was hoping that we'd start seeing weekly or biweekly updates. Time to start stepping up the communication, guys.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on April 7

      Hi Geoffrey,
      we're sorry to hear that. We are not making up the certification issues though, in this update post you can read exactly what happened: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peopleproducts/transparent-speaker-1/posts/579643

      And are you referring to the wingnuts? We have a bunch of those, let us just ship some to you and you can just replace them yourself. The quickest and easiest way to get in touch with us is through support@peoplepeople.se, so send us an email and we'll sort out the details.

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      Creator Geoffrey Ward on April 4

      Stanley, Emmanuel, Paul and John aren’t the only unhappy one’s here. I for one will never back another European based project again, based on my experience with this project.
      I think it’s completely unconscionable that you are delivering something aesthetically different from what was originally promised.
      I also find your claim about not being able to deliver the speaker in kit form questionable. I purchase several electronic kits each year from local and overseas distributors, most of them far more complicated and dangerous than what is essentially a speaker enclosure.
      Couple this with the continuous and unreasonable delays in delivering rewards, and I too regret ever backing this project.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on April 3

      Hi Andrew! Sure, send an email to support@peoplepeople.se and we'll get back to you with the guide.

      And hi Stanley (and Emmanuel, Paul & John). We're very sorry you seem to be unhappy. We are doing everything we can to get the speakers done and shipped as soon as possible, as I'm sure you have read in the updates.

      About the compensation question: Giving away fully assembled speakers to those who bought the DYI kit we weren't able to deliver - THAT was the compensation. Now we can't keep compensating everyone for the fact that someone else got compensated.

      We understand and share your frustration over the delays, and maybe we can find a way to compensate you for that. But we hope and believe that the speakers will speak for themselves, so to speak (sorry about that pun though)...

      Thanks for understanding and staying positive!

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      Creator andrew on March 22

      can you provide copies of the user guide pdf to backers? would like to confirm that i have everything needed cord wise.

      also, if the first batch is expected to ship at the end of march, should US backers expect delivery in late april or early may?

      thanks,

      andrew

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      Creator John Driggers on March 14

      @Stanley - agree 100%!

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      Creator Stanley Zreinike on March 12

      I'm still hoping to get a great product and some type of compensation for subsidizing the cost difference of the kit compared to the fully built ones

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      Creator paul dimino on March 5

      i regret ever funding this project, not even interested in owning one now

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      Creator Emmanuel Marot on March 4

      Given the appalling delay, lack of timely updates and 'interesting' way to treat their customers, especially the ones that were dumb enough to pay for the fully assembled version, I suggest changing the name 'People People' into something more appropriate, albeit slightly less polite.

      Hey, it even gives an excuse for another extra 6-months delay.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on February 6

      Friends and backers, we will momentarily be releasing a new update with the latest in specific checkpoints and dates for deliveries. As of now we are still on par with having our Kickstarter & Pre-Order units out with you during early spring, as previously announced.

      We read and value all comments, and we will do our best to find a form of compensation for our backers.

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      Creator Charlie Henderson on February 5

      any update on timelines? It is now over a year since the project funding deadline passed and no clarity on ship dates. In fact nothing for almost a month, when any update on dates was notably absent.

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      Creator Ming Luk on February 5

      I'm appalled that we have to subsidise the DIY group.

      Backers of the fully assembled kit should be compensated for this!

      And the lack of response from PEOPLE PEOPLE in regards to this issue is a disrespect to their backers. Terribly unprofessional!

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      Creator Stanley Zreinike on January 31

      hope they can make it up to us in some way

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      Creator John Driggers on January 21

      @William Grant Crawford - it is what it is - I'm still unhappy that my pledge was devalued to $360, and would have been happy with a refund. Don't suppose you are one of the lucky 48?

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      Creator William Grant Crawford on January 17

      John Driggers, every time I check the comments on this kickstarter you've posted a negative comment. These guys have been very detailed in explaining why things have been delayed, most of us backed this product because of the quality, and they have held their standard of quality through all these problems which is more than we can ask for. If you want products in a timely manor or want a product that you can get now, perhaps you should leave kickstarter and invest your time in Walmart.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on January 14

      Hi guys! Our latest update can be found over at: http://kck.st/1j6ikCF

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      Creator John Driggers on January 13

      Be nice if y'all would at lest pretend to keep your backers up to date.

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      Creator Benjamin Armour on January 10

      Updates?

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      Creator Matthieu Martin on January 10

      Any news?!

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      Creator Stanley Zreinike on January 8

      Is this project alive or not?

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      Creator Minh Tran on December 16

      Is there any possible way this will be released before 3005? Also do full backers get any compensation considering we paid 100+ plus compared with DIY backers and receive identical products. VERY POOR project with VERY POOR management decisions. Sad to have ever backed this project

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on December 11

      Our latest update can be found here: http://kck.st/1dp6GwI. Have a nice day!

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      Creator Domenico Scaffidi Ingiona on December 2

      Any update on delivery time?

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on November 8

      Benjamin & John! You can find the latest update right here - http://kck.st/1foihOn
      If you're short on time, we can sum it up gladly that we're on track with our schedule we announced in our last update. Have a nice weekend!

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      Creator Benjamin Armour on November 7

      Any more word on the update? Thanks!

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      Creator Benjamin Armour on November 7

      Any more word on the update? Thanks!

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      Creator John Driggers on November 6

      Guess the editing of the video update got delayed. Any chance of one this week?

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on November 1

      Hi Liz & Jeremy!

      We are currently in the making of our monthly update, and you will being notified during this weekend!

      Have a nice day!

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      Creator Liz Denys on October 24

      Is there another update?

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      Creator Jeremy Chien on October 23

      Been another month. What's the update???

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      Creator John Driggers on October 5, 2013

      Well, yet another delay until Feb of 2014. Stay tuned for the next set of delays. :(

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      Creator Tomas Eriksson on October 3, 2013

      We are quite a few holding our breaths for a update. I'm hoping for good news, would be great to get the speaker before the holidays! Btw, transparentspeaker.com still says end of october...

      Would be nice btw to get the thread size of the bolts on the speaker, I will install wingnuts on my speaker as well as changing the wiring to honour the original design.

      And a side note, I want to be invited to the launch party in stockholm ;)

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      Creator Stanley Zreinike on October 3, 2013

      update please, short is better than nothing

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      Creator Benjamin Armour on October 2, 2013

      Any word on the update for this month?

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      Creator Jeremy Chien on September 19, 2013

      Please post an update soon. been waiting for this for a long time now.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on September 19, 2013

      Hi James & Paul!

      We can see that you've posted both in our latest update, and here in the comments section. We've posted a reply over at your original posts (http://kck.st/1fbQkHA).

      We listen to all your comments, and we will be posting new developments in the coming monthly update!

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      Creator Paul Shin on September 14, 2013

      People People,

      Here is an update I received via email a few days ago from another crowd-sourced project that I feel handled a similar problem regarding product/price differentiation very well:

      "...we now allow additional customers to pre-order any style of _____ for the early adopter price of $X on our website. We know that you paid a little more and we want to be up front with you about this recent development and give you a couple special options:

      When we launch, we will give you 3 months of our premium service (this includes more video/data storage in the cloud and other features) as well as the warm feeling in your heart knowing that you're one of _____'s most appreciated supporters!
      If you would rather receive a refund of the difference, instead of 3 months of premium service and a warm fuzzy feeling, please email us and let us know A) Your name, B) What perk level you pre-ordered, and C) How you paid (PayPal or credit card), and we will process a refund of the difference."

      Their update is clear and specific on what the extra benefit is to the contributors who paid more and they provide the option of a refund for the difference if the additional benefit is unwanted. Not only is that message backer focused, but it is fair. The "I will look for a way to reward our full speaker backers" is poor planning. Without a clear plan in place on what that "way" was going to be you should not have made the announcement of offering the full speaker at a steep discount ($100-$130 less) to the DIY group. For perspective, a $100 difference pays for an Apple AirPort Express. 

      I look forward to the specific "way" you will reward full speaker backers in the next update. 

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      Creator James Fok on September 7, 2013

      People People

      I am somewhat disappointed by the approach and attitude of the team. Every backer here started the journey with you, pledged money and patiently waited for the final product. Granted, product like this will have its technical challenges but like others backers have suggested you can try and re-design the product to make the most of a bad situation.

      Rather than dwelling in the past. Here are two forward thinking suggestions, which I hope you will consider and perhaps other backers will support me in this.

      1) design the main cable to be removable, this way, we can upgrade to a fabric one should that ever passes certification. Also, this will give you a neat solution to cater for different style wall sockets in this international market. A promise to provide the fabric cable for free to all backers will probably win you further support.

      2) DIY subsidy - unfair? TOTALLY! But - people have previously asked you to consider providing a 2nd speaker at kickstarter price. I don't recall any response from you to such suggestions. Assuming the lack on reply has nothing to do with "finances" and "making money", wouldn't this be a good time to agree to a 2nd discounted speaker to all backers? You can offer DIYers a 2nd speaker for $460, whilst offering Full versioners a 2nd one for $360. That way, you even out everyone's commitment should they choose to. If you offer us all a chance to do this, say the discount is valid for 3 months after the initial delivery of the first speaker, people can take it or leave it. Fair and square, no complaints. Not to mention this will also increase your production volume, improve cash flow... I will leave you to make a valid finance case out of this.

      Just a couple of suggestions from a slightly annoyed backer who is still keen to see the product come to fruition.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on August 26, 2013

      Hi Stanley, John & Paul!

      We've heard your and many other's comments, and we'd love to talk about this. Come over to the Kickstarter-update and check out our response. We are all ears, and would love to talk more about this matter!

      http://kck.st/1fbQkHA

      / People People

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      Creator Paul Shin on August 26, 2013

      John and Stanley, I completely agree. I've been waiting patiently not asking for updates via email or in the comments because I know kickstarter projects commonly will run into unforeseen delays. That being said I also understand that People People want to do right by their customers who bought the DIY kit, BUT it should NOT be by undercutting the over 300 clients who contributed $100-$139 extra for the fully assembled speaker. That was a lot of extra money that went towards funding this project ($30,000+).

      The update ends by saying "It's the least we can do" for the DIY groups who will now get the fully assembled speaker at a large discount. What is "the least you can do" for the customers who paid more and therefore provided more cashflow to this project?

      This needs to be addressed.

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      Creator John Driggers on August 25, 2013

      LOL Stanley - "Little" unfair is the understatement of the month. Between the continued delays, and the promise of a "great" product at a premium price point, this latest update is a great disappointment to say the least.

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      Creator Stanley Zreinike on August 25, 2013

      The DIY kit is at least a hundred cheaper than what most of us have pledged. It's a little unfair for the majority that committed most of the funding to make this project happen.

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      Creator PEOPLE PEOPLE on August 25, 2013

      Hi Backers!

      We have just posted a new update on our Kickstarter Blog.
      We're sorry that this has yet again taken quite some time, we have addressed this matter in this update and we would like your feedback.

      http://kck.st/1fbQkHA

      / People People

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      Creator Benjamin Armour on August 23, 2013

      Any chance the update is coming soon?

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      Creator Richard Thomas on August 22, 2013

      I too am concerned about the lengthy delays, however, my whole career has been in wireless hardware and Test/Measurement of RF products. Delays do happen in my industry and I for one will say I would prefer to own a $500 speaker that is absolutely perfect rather than be dissatisfied and want to return it to the manufacturer if not completely satisfied. People People do what you have to do to get us a great product please :D

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