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I think Dan and Tom should bump up the amount to 4000 because then you guys can let people donate less but....more people will be able to donate. Think about it...
This pledge debate is non-sense and is a waste of everyone's time. Kickstarter is about new products, not a social experiment. If the project runners want to screw everyone over and cause everyone to argue they will make it impossible for the project to get funded. While receiving free marketing and a lot of publicity. I recommend ending this pointless experiment, start a 2nd pledge amount at a price where funding will be guaranteed. Otherwise your going to have 3000 people that no longer care about your 35cent piece of rubber.
So say we hit the 3,000 pledges mark, but because of the leeches we don't make it to $50K. If a new person comes along and wishes to pledge (call them the 3,001st person), and assuming their pledge is greater than the current lowest pledge made (i.e. greater than $1), will Kickstarter boot out the bottom feeder and replace him with the new guy?
I hope that if they hit the 3k backers but miss the $50k mark we will have the opportunity to adjust our pledges.
That looks amazing.. I am currently using alupen .. however what I miss the most is a clip, as I am using it for taking notes and always run around with the ipad in a leather case .. however nowhere where i can clip the alupen to it.. I would recommedn a removable clip... as when I do some sketches now and then, it would hinder me in my creativity.
also try to get the rubber tip more pointy and thinner than the current ones on the market..
It would be great if they designed a way for this to be attached to the ipad, via some sort of clip, or possible use of the magnets in the new ipod 2.0 so that it could stay with your ipad easily. Other than that this is a great product. hope it gets funded
Can you guys please stop condemn those who pledge $1 or $19 (ooups! that's me)? This is a social experiment. It tests our greeds , our generosity and what we think fairness is about; and it forces us to look within if we are opportunists bidding on others who wanted more than us and willing to pay more.
If the designers want the project to be a success rather than making it a social experiment, they should set a base price that guarantee to meet the goal. They set $1 and therefore nobody should condemn those who pledged $1 who wants the stylus.
I am pretty optimistic it will meet the goal. If it fails, we will still eventually be able to get this cool product as this whole experiment has gained a great marketing for the two great designers.
Come on guys, if your bid is less than $17, raise it. If you don't want to go higher, cancel it and give your spot to someone that is serious about backing this product. Don't ruin it for everyone else. From this point new backers are going to have to pledge $24 each to reach the target.
Just upped my pledge to makeup for all the $1 losers!! This isn't a dollar store product people.
But seriously, it's a bit disheartening that some in the kickstarter community won't pledge $20 for such a great product.
Yeah, with the current backer count and pledge amount, the remaining backers have to contribute roughly $22 each to reach the goal (because others have been low-balling their pledges). Hopefully those folks will raise their original pledges (not holding my breath)... (and what's up with the 500 errors on Kickerstarter??)
I think this pricing model is nonsense. Assuming it gets funded, the designers get $50,000 and have to deliver 3000 product. They've already set their price and unless the number of international orders is much higher than they expect, they know what their profit will be. We 3000 backers are left to fight over who pays what.
What happens when the goal is reached? No point in funding more than $50,000, so then people will start adjusting their pledges downward to keep their pledge low while trying to keep the project funded. The final minutes should be interesting. I'm a pessimist, so I believe in the end the project will come up short by a small amount.
My pledge is $20 which is what the designers should have set the selling price at to begin with. I'm not going to raise it to help others paying less, and I won't lower it if all pledges exceed $50,000.
As I am living in Europe, the 25$ goal are very cheap 17€ for me, not more than every other good stylus in the neighborhood. So a pledge with the shipping cost of 8 to 10 $ is still not an expensive thing for this great piece. And if the pledges won't go up, I am willing to go to 45 to 50$, cause this seems to be the best stylus around. but please, don't make (need) to (do) :-)
I'm kinda disappointed that so many people are pledging anything less than $20. They probably won't get it and neither will the rest of us. For anyone giving less than $17, someone else will need to give that same amount over $17 (e.g. if you pledged $5, someone else needs to pledge $29).
It makes me even more sad to see some really passionate folks increase their bids while others will keep 'em low and still get the product. :(
@Jane: I could be wrong (please inform me if I am), but I think Kickstarter works with a donation model. Completely different tax requirements. :)
As of this post and if my math is right each of the remaining people will have to do 20.94 to hit the goal or previous pledges will have to go up. I find this really fascinating project and social experiment.
To call a spade a spade, I doubt that the problem is people pledging $1. Reality is that if everyone pledges $15, the project will still be $5000 short. If your pledge is lower than $17, you are part of the problem.
This is proving to be a good Game Theory experiment.
well, after we reach 3000 pledges the pressure is going to be on existing donors to up theirs - and there's going to be a certain amount of rancour expressed towards those getting a free ride (and international delivery) for $1! I think we'll all get a good deal in the end.
I've just increased my pledge from $15 to $30.
Just supported this with a $50 pledge. I don't have a iPad (yet) or even a job at the moment, but I really want this to succeed!
Well, there is still 21 days to go, so I am hopeful it will reach the goal given that Apple forcasts to sell 20 million units of iPad2 - I am still waiting for mine to be delievered - still 4 more weeks of waiting :(. I am in the US, so I pledged $19 which I personally think is fair price to pay, but will up the price if needed.
Curious though, shouldn't we (US shipping address) pay tax too? Such a cool product so I don't want IRS runs after you if you forgot to charge sales tax.
I just increased my pledge from $20 to $25. Those of you who are serious about this product should consider doing the same, if you can afford to.
$1 pledgers should
(a) increase their pledge,
(b) choose No Reward
(c) cancel their pledge to give their slot to a more serious backer (serious about this product becoming a reality).
So far, pledges are not on track to reach the $50,000 goal.
I think it would be nice, if backers with lowest pledge would drop out when no. of backers is reached and higher pledges arrive :D
I'm afraid, we're not reaching the goal ...
Hi Dan and Tom,
hope this meet the goal and take off. i just pledge and blogged about it! (as usual!)... check it out at http://tech.mikeshouts.com/the-cosmonaut-is-a-cute-fat-capacitive-touchscreen-stylus/
i am afraid many will be disappointed by the time they read my posting. only 975 slots left!
This is Jeremy from Shipwire and I just hit your page with a pledge. I really want you to make goal here so you can ship me one of these bad boys for my new iPad 2! Super Excited to see this project become successful. I know that you'll make goal here as the Kickstarter community is enthusiastic about everything you are doing (what's next?). You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work (and coming out with new cool stuff)!
A minimum pledge of $10 would have brought this closer to the goal. As of right now (50,000-29,604)/(3,000-1,947)=$19.37 average pledge needed for the goal.
@courtney You don't get charged unless the project gets funded.
@Jonathan They will request the shipping address from you after the project funds. These guys are very professional and did things when they said they would with the glif and delivered quickly. I was impressed.
PS: If you need an average of $19.00 per pledge, perhaps saying $1.00 isn't the best idea. I saw that and thought, OK... why not? Until I read about the problems of reaching the real goal. How about asking for $5 or $10 or something a big more substantive or realistic then? If that's truly the case... (which I am sure it is).
Okay, this is getting serious. The remaining possible backers should pledge at least 20 bucks if we want this awesome gadget to be produced.
I just upped my pledge to cover shipping (thanks for mentioning that again in the email; missed it the first time) and I will up my pledge AGAIN as soon as more funds come in! Keep up the good work... the world needs LOTS MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU! We'll have to come up with a name for you two: "The Cosmonaughts" isn't a bad one! Can't wait to see what you come up with NEXT!
Just upped my pledge, hope it gets there.
This thing is sick! Anyone pledging less than $19 is soft! Great job Dan & Tom, Love your work.
I'm hopeful, but it's not looking too good right now. We need the rest to put in on average about 19 bucks.
Courtney: You haven't been charged anything, so there is nothing to give "back." That's the way Kickstarter works. That's why it's so awesome.
Great idea - the whiteboard is a perfect metaphor!
I honestly believe $12 is a fair price for the Cosmonaut (maybe I'll rethink after getting mine). That plus $5 s/h is how I arrived at $17 for my pledge. Though if it comes down to the wire, I'd probably up mine to $20 if it'll help fully fund the project - I think Dan & Tom are doing some great work. Keep it up guys!
I truly hope this gets funded. I am so tired of putting another useless stylus in the drawer, too thin, not sensitive enough, too scratchy, the list goes on.
If everyone pledges at least $18, we should get there!
They just asked my billing address in the pledge, can my shipping address be different?
jw, if the project doesn't get enough money, do we get our money back, or not? not saying im not going to pledge cause this is an awesome project, inquiring minds just wanted to know
Is the whole thing conductive? Can you use all surfaces ie the flat round end, the side etc.? It would make it a cool pastel/crayon/chalk like tool.
Just bumped my pledge from $15 to $25. Hope others follow suit -- was not aware that shipping was included!
Yes you can. Just remember to cancel your old payment authorization through Amazon Payments.
Will we be able to increase our pledge later if we reach 3000 backers and are still not at $50k?
pledged 40 bucks ... 8 for international shipping.
but i don't think we'll be fully funded ... we're 4000 bucks short at current rate of funding.
interesting experiment though.
SQUARE! I love that you included it in the video! Though I do not have an IPAD I think this is really cool! Good luck guys!
Jane, I guess they used conductive foam as every stylus has, but they are making a new concept of form, which I believe is great.
Great idea guys, looking forward to seeing how this develops.
This feels a little like watching election returns.
I just raised my pledge. I hope society doesn't disappoint.
What material is used or will be used? Is it enviornmentally safe? Where will it be made?
If you're afraid the Cosmonaut won't get funded, go to "Manage Your Pledge" and increase it. I did.
We are at more than half the backers (of the 3000 limit) and are under half the pledged goal! Everyone needs to pledge at least 2 bucks!!!
I don't agree with comments that funding from Glif should be used to fund Cosmonaut. Products need to stand on their own feet, and the cool thing about Kickstarter is that the makers can find out if the market is there or not before going into production.
I also don't agree that $10 is a more reasonable price point. From what I've seen, $15 to $25 is the typical price range for a capacitive stylus, with $20 to $25 being more of the walk-into-a-store-and-pick-one-up-now range. My Targus stylus cost me $20, and Cosmonaut looks intriguing and worth the extra $5.