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Any update on the refunds Matt?
Of course he's smiling -- he has our money!
well...he's (still) smiling- https://scontent-b-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1454679_10200236469233378_748156310_n.jpg…
and his facebook cover says " the less you give a damn the happier you will be " says it all
Matt, post at least some vacation pics or photos of your new car :)
I don't understand how this was legal to not give us ANYTHING back
Guess it was too much to hope that the project creator would have returned anyone's money, like he said he would.
At least this guy got a black and white photo... I'd take that in place of the Cam Crate at this point ;)
it says be respectful and considerate! This is a two way street, he was not respectful or considerate, he screwed me and many others out of money!
Whoever files this thing mentioned by Aaron will get 10 USD via PayPal from me. Just post the proof and the 10 USD are yours...
Who lives in Washington? Should follow this example:
Status of Refund?
...it will never come
What is status of refund?
At least now it is possible to tag whether you received your pledge or not. Please remember to file the complaint at ic3.
Please file your complaint at http://www.ic3.gov/ - it is the least you can do!
Kickstarter needs to have a way for users to designate some projects as failures, rather than including all funded projects in the same category. Projects such as the Cam Crate should be put onto a wall of shame, to serve as lessons in how not to manage a project, and to help ensure that those considering funding projects can see examples of how it is possible to lose your money entirely, with no good faith effort on the part of the project creator. Being put on a wall of shame might also embarrass some project creators enough to motivate them to do something about it, whether refunding money, or finishing the project, or even explaining to backers why it failed and where the money went.
freshsprout - there are so many "frauded" kickstarter projects that no one cares anymore
Maybe report him to the IRS. If he did not report this 'income", maybe they could do something.
I have asked Amazon and my CC company. Both of them said that it is too late for a refund. So nothing here...
@Jedediah you got your refund? Boo... anybody else? Maybe this guy is just at troll?
where's my bread? at least..
I got my money back from my credit card company as soon as he went MIA. I saw a scam and got my money back.
Yeah.. it is a complete fraud. No word.. I also never received the so called promised refund that went out in an email at one point that he was supposedly going to do.
I most certainly still care, I still can't believe he's not been forced to pay our money back. X(
Instead of "Funded!", Kickstarter need to switch to Frauded!
Both Matthew and kickstarter robbed us. Kickstarter got a share of the money and did nothing. Gonna be 2 years soon. ¬¬
I am quite surprised that apparently no one really cares about what is happening here. This project has > 300 backers and just a handful seems to care. Can someone please explain this to me?
@freshprout agreed, so i can punch his freaking face. He needs jail!
...a least he should have sent an invention
(mgeyster facebook) - so he used our money for his wedding ... hmmm
"Thank you for filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)."
Let's see what happens next...
@Breno thanks for the link. I am filing a complaint. I checked his domains to get the address but both of them are registered using a proxy.
Company: BaseOneLabs LLC
...at least he bought a nice suite from the 24k
that's okay with me :)
Disappointing that he had so much good press and failed to even update the people that supported him.
Don't let him run away with 24k
Kickstarter should indeed consider adding more information to projects than simply successfully funded or unsuccessfully funded. Perhaps this could be done by adding information like "abandoned" or "failed to deliver promised results" or "delivered results but x months later than promised". There is potentially a lot of useful information in failed projects. How the project creator has handled things for example, with a failed project which was successfully funded, would be of interest particularly if that person were to launch another project. Similarly, if I were interested in launching a project of my own, reading the updates and comments from projects which were funded, but which didn't deliver all of what was promised, would be a very useful tool for planning, so as to try to avoid repeating mistakes that someone else made on a similar project.
lIfe lesson: Kickstarter is a simple Venture capital portal. In VC as in life you win some you loose some. In this case we lost, so let's get over it and move on. I am sure that all of you are flawless in everything you do in life, and have never had anything go terribly wrong. For those people I pity your future because you are not prepared for what is ahead. For those of us who have taken a chance on an idea and have lost this is just one of those things. I can tell you that I sleep better knowing that life happens and I have the tools to deal with it. Learn these tools or face a very uncomfortable life. Kickstarter should take this page down and put it in the cyber trash, so there is no reminder of it. "LIfe is Pain" You know the rest.
Every legit business states its contact information on the website. I am not sure how it is in the US but in many countries it is mandatory (by law) to provide full contact details. Furthermore, this is probably the only way to either reach or sue him (which I hope someone will).
People. Matthew is a dick, but so is posting peoples private addresses and telephone numbers on the Internet. Don't stoop to his leve....
has anyone tried contacting him directly?
163 Brooks Road
Templeton, MA 01468-1415
How does this not have more attention? He literally stole over $20,000.
maybe: this is him
KickStarter needs to mark this Failure, because to backers it is not has not and will not become successful. KickStarter needs to rethink how these are Labeled.
go to his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/baseonelabs…
and report it as spam/scam
shut the cockholster up for a while
Oh, Matt. Enjoy what's coming your way.
The power of the interwebs is really amazing; the breadth and fine-niche of its reach.
You screwed with people who not only have chops, but know people with even better chops.
And all have a very sardonic sense of whimsy.
Spill and bump-proof? Oh, hardly. Life? Yeah, that;s a long time.
Why should he refund the money? Nothing is happening if he simply keeps the money for himself. He will probably realize that that this is a great way of making money. Let's start 4-5 fancy fake projects a year and you have your 100k+.
I guess he learned his lesson. So next time he will use a fake name, fake photo and a fake facebook account. Then he can start a campaign for his fake product from his fake company. Takes one week to setup - and leaves you with a nice amount of $$$.
As you see www.camcrate.com has already disappeared. When you read the comments you see that only 1-2% of the 370 backers are complaining. Especially when you live outside the US you can exactly do nothing. Kickstarter is not responding, Amazon and the CC company won’t refund the money and there is no way to sue him…
The example of the POP project that you posted is an excellent one. It demonstrates exactly how project creators should handle this sort of thing. Now if only Matthew Geyster will follow suit...
A tale of two Kickstarters. Another project I backed (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/siminoff/pop-the-intersection-of-charging-and-design) recently discovered that they wouldn't be able to deliver in a reasonable amount of time, or within budget, so they sent a very well articulated, and thoughtful, backer-only message out, with a refund literally minutes later.
I'm hesitant to share any information from that backer-only message, but suffice it to say we all got 100% refunds. I would have settled for a partial refund, subtracting the amount @kickstarter takes, but they did The Right Thing and refunded _all_ of our money.
Matthew, you could learn a thing or two from better people. You truly are scum.