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It's pretty clear that David Markus is a scammer who defrauded hundreds of backers (whether that was his original intent or not). He had ample opportunities to make things right and refused to do the right thing all along.
Seriously dude? 200 gone. And no update since September.
At least let us know your alive. Sheesh. I feel like we should at least be friends by now 4 years I've loaned you 200. Can't even get a hello now. I see how it is.
I've written you off. Also sending an email to you just because I can.
Even getferrite.com is gone.
This guy's in the wind, folks. At least we got four years of entertainment, such as it was.
6 months and not a word from Dave and 4 years with nothing to show for it ... Throw our shit in a box and ship it out ya bum !
A dozen other ferrofluid projects have completed.
We backed the wrong horse. Your money is gone. Write it off and move on or you'll just keep getting more and more frustrated.
I am going to say that the odds of any of us getting a unit is less than 5%
I'm at the $200 level - haven't gotten anything/nor a survey. Sounds like some have received something. Would love to know what's what.
Hell, I'd be willing to compromise - if it means getting something and being able to close this one out. Are there the big ones? What does everything look like, there was some question as to this? Etc.
Can we get an update? I sometimes come back just in case; and it would appear that some have received their units. Thanks.
I just got mine, looks great!
@wesley: David mentioned he had completed the early bird tiers and made it sound like the $100 tier was next. I think we still have some waiting ahead of us.
So does this mean the $75, $100, $125, and $150 tiers have all shipped? (just checking since I'm at the $200 tier)
It's crazy to think that the 4 year mark is quickly approaching. Four years~! Hahahaha... I continue coming back to this because it's hilarious at this point that backers actually think anything is going to arrive. Just consider it a loss... Nothing is going to ever show up.
I am going to say that the odds of any of us getting a unit is less than 10%
When this project started, I had one kid. Now I have two, and the second one is taking hockey lessons.
Would love to know which tier I'm in and which tier is shipping.
Even a modest ship rate of one per week should have resulted in more progress than what seems to have been accomplished.
Any idea if he is through all of the tiers? I am still waiting on mine.
I want a refund... This has well exceeded the original ship date. Where is Kickstarter on this?
Any updates? Still wondering how you are "done with 4 tiers" when I am in the 4th tier and don't have a Ferrite yet...
How on earth do I know what tier I'm in?. I was supposed to receive a large and small one.
David - I ask because I am in the fourth tier... and I do not have a unit and have not received a survey
David - Thanks for the update... that's all I was looking for, what tier are you on now?
This looks interesting.
4 tiers have been shipped out so far, and 3 tiers remain to ship. I have been working on them in batches as time allows and sending out surveys when I have enough ready to ship to satisfy an entire tier. My last update was posted two months ago, and all rewards requested from the surveys sent then were immediately shipped and that tier has effectively been completed.
I've moved to checking every 6 months. I never get a response. It is a very cool idea though and the only kickstarter I've backed that never shipped. Oddly he has a website where one can order them.
~sigh~ This was supposed to have been a September birthday present for someone .. *three years ago*. It's been so long, and at the $300 tier with all the lower tiers in front, I'm only half expecting this to arrive by this time next year. Updates are sparse, we have no idea what his mailing frequency is, it's just check back every three months and hope that it shows up before we have a new president. I'd be more encouraging, except my sense of guilt and obligation would compel me to get this taken care of, somehow, some way, far faster than the current pace.
David - We are closing in on 3 months (t-minus 16 days) since you sent out the first tier of units... when can we expect the next batch? Just because I may be impatient does not mean that you have not been reticent in your obligations to your backers... If there is some sort of hold up... what is it? Maybe one of your backers can help?
Any updates in the works?
David - Sooooo... time table for the other tiers?
babywiththepower - There is literally 0% chance David has sent you your unit yet. He just started sending out units to the lowest tier, and hasn't responded to posts asking for a time table for other tiers
I pledged at the $200 level and have seen nothing.
That said, this project is so old I don't even know what address he'd have on file for me. Could be he sent it somewhere I haven't lived in years.
It would be nice to know where everyone's at. I see a couple of folks reporting back that they got their unit(s). What about everyone else? As a percentage, about how many more do you need to get through?
I wasn't going to post but I figured it may help keep hope for others. Mine arrived about a week and a few days ago. $100 tier. Everything arrived fine, assembly went fine, and so far no clouding.
Thank you, David.
Any idea when the $150 tier pieces will be sent out?
I am a $300 backer. Can I receive the small ones you are sending out first?
Yuck, that's definitely not how it should look, I'll go ahead and send you out a new vial.
Anyone else having issues with stains inside their vial?
I've let it sit for a day untouched, and it still looks like this: http://demure.sdf.org/posts/ferror_vial_issue.jpg
Just received mine, and I had it together in about 10 minutes. Love it!
David, ignore the gripers -- the bottom line is that there are no promises when someone sets up a Kickstarter, and I've had a couple who just disappeared with my money with no explanation or apologies. It's all about good faith, and you've shown that you have it, even in the face of a lot of obstacles. Thanks for sticking with it and providing what you promised.
Mine arrived and was really easy to assemble (I got the small one). A hint to those that are assembling... I got two magnets, one that goes in the big holder (needs to be glued in) and another smaller one. Make sure you get the pole right on the one you are gluing so that they are attracting with each other rather than repelling. If they are repelling, playing with the fluid doesn't work all that well.
I had the $100 award level and received it yesterday. I think it is well made and looks great!
I see some units have been sent, what backer level is going out?
Arrived, and have assembled. Glass tube had a little fluid leak in shipping, but minor.
NOTE: I recommend installing your bigger magnet so that the small one can attach magnet down while on top of glads. If you don't, you will see why.
Received the Ferrite sculpture today! It's well manufactured and the kids are enjoying it! Thanks a bunch!
Hi David. Kudos for moving forward as best you can muster. Ignore the irate financiers who don't understand the realities of shipping hardware (ship those units last, parcel post without padding). Hardware is hard, but real artists ship!
Brian - My guess? Zero. He has shipped zero
Hi David, Just wondering how many units you shipped in the month and a half since your last comment? How many are left to go?
Brian - Yes legal action. You are right that it wouldn't be worth pursuing with a lawyer, but the FTC has been fairly interested in cases just like this one: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/11/the-ftcs-first-crowdfunding-enforcement-is-over-a-failed-board-game-on-kickstarter/
David - Send me the product/pieces (which at this point I don't believe you even ordered) or my money immediately. Since my address has changed since I placed my pledge, please directly message me for my new address.
Legal action? LOL. The project raised just short of $50K. If you're talking about a class action, you're not going to find a lawyer willing to get anywhere near this.
And if you're looking to just go pro se for your own individual reward, the filing fee alone would exceed the maximum backer tier.
Don't make dumb idle threats. It's not helpful.
David, it would be nice to know how many are left to ship and a time estimate. If you're really shipping these out as you say you are, this should be very easy info to provide.
David - Well I would prefer my unit to be honest.
It has been nearly 365 days since you said you had a problem with production. Since then the overwhelming response has been "send us our stuff and we will figure it out."
It has been more than 6 months since you said you would send them out. Even if you sent out 2 a day (two!) they would be out by now. Please send me my unit immediately.
You have the units, but 341 is taking this long to mail? I'm calling bull. That's a couple of days of packing at the most. Count me in on legal action.
I'm putting the parts in boxes to send out. There is just enough money to do this as I've said before, so refunds are no longer an option. I'm sorry it's going so slowly.