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they called themself pirate....... buccaneer.......... now i know why :-D
Happy to hear you got something. Some feedback on fulfillment progress would be nice...
Is the progress like 3 per month, less or more... can we expect to see one within our lifetime...
Still no updates after years...
500USD is lots of money to have lost over this. This is the last thing I have ever backed
Warning, comment is long, and may upset some.
I stopped in here randomly to see if anything has come of this project, and as with every other time I've stopped in, it seems to be a worse and worse situation. Now I will start by saying I am one of the few lucky people who actually received a printer. Now that might be because I chose the first batch reward. That being said it is definitely not the printer I had expected to get when I made my pledge. After like a year of waiting from the time This project was on kickstarter I was sent an email asking if I wanted to take a "beta version" right now or wait for a production model. Although I didn't want a beta version, I've been around long enough to realize this project was going downhill, so I figured I'd take what I could get and cut my losses. When I received the printer I was first very disappointed with the shipping in that things were obviously knocked around, but not necessarily their fault, but the build quality of the printer itself also felt cheap. After opening up, setting up I noticed there was no heated bed ( supposedly that wasn't included in beta version although that was not told to me prior ) and filament was jammed in the nozzle. Of course this caught me off guard because I thought I was receiving a new product. I emailed them and they said they tested each one before sending them out, ok I can buy that. They also offered me a choice to either send the printer back ( at my own shipping expense of course ) or keep the printer and they sent me instructions on removing the print head cleaning and removing the jammed nozzle. I decided to keep the printer ( still sitting untouched in my storage ) where maybe one day I would stop in here and see they got things running correctly and I would give the printer a shot, but most likely I will probably take it out and use for parts )
To say the least I was very disappointed with this company and pretty much everything they did with this project. They made promises they had no idea how to deliver, they mismanaged funds, they made excuse after excuse. All this being said, I could be angry, I could complain they scammed me and they stole my money, but the facts are that's not really the case. This was a kickstarter project, one that I thought would become a great product, but how much did I research the company or their ability to deliver anything they promised prior to making my pledge? My only research was noticing how many other people had backed this project, so if that many people had believed it was a trustworthy campaign so should I. Yes this was stupid, but I also knew I was gambling, and I just decided to gamble that day. I could have done more research, and had a better informed decision, but either way it's still a gamble. Now I'd be more angry if it ended up just being a straight up scam, with no intention of doing what they promised, but I don't believe that to be the case. To all the people claiming this company is a fraud or a scam, how so? Did they just take the money and pocket it and disappear? No, they didn't, they fucked up, dig themselves a hole they can't get out of, but to their benefit they have really tried and seem to continue to try to fulfill the obligations to their backers even if their plans to do so are actually not very good ones.
And to those people such as the guy who comments constantly, i have a few things to say.
1) Crowdfunding sites such as kickstarter in their current state are a pretty new type of raising capital, Essentially its a company selling a product before they actually make it.
2) regulations and laws might or might not make it a better experience for everyone, but currently ( especially at the time when we actually backed this for project ) kickstarter clearly states that we are not buying a product, we are investing in a company with the hope of the reward if it comes to fruition, but there is no actual obligation.
3) This is my main point! kickstarter is based on CROWDFUNDING! We as the crowd need to be more careful with what we back. It is our job as backers to be more cautious and informed. Although us "crowd" has gotten wiser with our backing, when we backed this kickstarter project many people ( myself included ) still only used high funding numbers as reassurance enough to back a project. Remember, we are not buying a product, we are investing in an idea.
Where are you guys? Any word on how many more you have shipped TO BACKERS?
Backer #7 Asking!
I am backer #1,952 ... seriously disappointed. After this project it has been years since I backed another project.
Piss on your grave Brandon!
11 in stock on Amazon. I want my reward shipped now!
Haha backer #7 hasn't gotten it yet and I'm #3,693. I'd say that give me a 100% chance of never getting the product.
Hey Pirate 3D.. Can I at least get my 10 spools of material that I paid for.. That way I can use the real 3D printer that I have now. You should not have any problem fulfilling that. Do this for me and you can take me off the list for having a printer fulfillment obligation.
Dear Pirate3D, I was wondering if there might be any more news for backers still waiting for a printer? Thank you.
This is outright fraud.
They are selling it on Amazon.
I want my printer or refund now!
Well at least Kickstarter stopped another 3-D printer scam. I am not sure I call Pirate a scam, but the latest 3-D printer that looked surprisingly like Pirate's was stopped because the backers brought significant proof to Kickstarter that the project was fake.
Where's my printer?
I wonder how much Kickstarter has declined from its beginning? At its start I was backing several projects a month. Now I very rarely back any projects after having the pleasure of a failure rate of about 30%. That 30% failure rate is about 50% out right theft with the remaining 50% consisting your basic lack of ability to complete like this project. The project team doesn't have the skill or knowledge to complete the project. Sometimes they just do not know when to quit making improvements and settle on a final design so the product can be manufacture and shipped to the backers. This platform could have been much better if Kickstarter protected the backers from all the failures by rating each project on its expected ability to be complete. Of course this is just my opinion and experience with Kickstarter.
Phil, I wish they were going by backer number. US backers have a looooooooong wait. I emailed them, as backer #7, when they showed the photo with printers that were shipping. They then replied that due to shipping costs (which we were already billed and paid for - correct or not) they were shipping local printers first and it would be a while before any shipped to the US. So at this point backer # has nothing to do with it, and they are claiming $150 or more in shipping to the US.
Almost 4 years waiting.. backer #163 Still no printer, no news..
I will not forget... I will not forgive!
I think there has been a mistake it says this project has been successful... still no printer
Hello, could you say us when you delivery the printer please each backers ?
Originally Brandon said one backer printer ships for every one sold, then 5 per, then 10 per. So if backer 11 still doesn't have his then they haven't sold 110??
What a fiasco or else it's outright fraud.
Backer #11 and no printer. How disappointing
Such misplaced priorities.
Reading this update and Marnix' post below has given me hope. I had virtually written off this project, but the Buccy+ looks good even with the changes - even better than the original to me. I'm backer #11 and have yet to receive my Buccy, but it looks like I may yet ... one day. My faith has been restored.
there have been several cases against creators that failed, ran out of money, etc and were sued successfully. here are two examples
this one was over a $70 tablet holder
the state of Washington sued and won over a deck of playing cards.
Marnix when I read your post is just get more pissed off on how they stole my money and I'll likely never get anything from it.
Nice to see you guys completely squandered your chances to be a player in the 3D field.
Marnix how did you receive yours? Bought of amazon? Friend of the creators?
Just received my Buccy+ and it is a beauty! The packaging is very solid, they have not saved any costs to protect it during shipping. No fancy white carton box, but an eco friendly one. Good choice. Unpacking was extremely easy and the design of the printer makes it an eye-catcher in our living room. The 100Watt power adapter does its job and even after printing 24 hours non stop it stays warm but does not get hot. The supplied MicroSD card and adapter are no cheap china ones but high quality Sandisk. The display on the Buccy+ and many options of the menu are a great improvement over the original Buccy. Upfront I thought I would miss the WiFi but copying large files with the SD card is much faster and causes no more trouble with WiFi hick-ups of my network. And thanks to the excellent choice of SD card you still do not need to connect a computer to it. The “getting started” user manual gets you up and running in no time. A sample print on the SD card made me sit, relax and admire the Buccy+ within minutes after unpacking. The Cura software (also on SD card) is Windows only, but you can download the OSX version from Cura website for free. Select the 1.5.x version in order to load the ini settings form SD card, they are not yet ready for the new 2.x version. If you want you can work them out yourself, but I liked the 1.5.x version even better than the newer Cura one. Keep in mind that the Buccy+ is already calibrated with your bed, so you do not have to do that at the start, only when you replace the bed. I have used PLA from Pirate3D and Polymaker, both work fine. It is a pleasure to use a complex technical printer that looks like a charm and prints without problems. The sound while printing is not to bad either. It is an excellent choice to get started with 3D printing and the supported print size is sufficient for most users.
I didn't get my printer either... I guess next time we ought to be more careful when backing tech stuff...
Here's your ignore button, use it whenever you want
! Ignore. !
I would trade in my first-born son for an ignore function. Seriously, can someone please moderate this? I'm coming back here from time to time and always there's a harsh and offending comment from Mr Watts to find.
What do you expect? That the Internet-God will read that, fly to Singapur and get you a printer? Or your local sheriff? Or kickstarter? Or that the guys from pirate3d think "Well, that's a nice person, let's put him on the first place in our list!"? Please, fiel free to file a case, if it's so important to you. But don't waste anymore space with those accusations. Thanks.
I'll just wait, what happens next on pirate3d 'sind side. They weren' t alle to run a business on their own by now, let's see, if they have learned something during the last months and years. Cheers!
Ship our printers, thieves
Give the more money?? What?
Ship the parts that you stole from our inventory, using the shipping money that we already paid and I'll build it myself.
Honestly at this point you need to get some type of loan or something - and just get it done... or figure out at way to get me a refund, kinda tired of your promises, and when I say promises I mean excuses. It's like working with a bunch of toddlers, I don't know how much more we can just hang tight with nothing. All you do is show off things you are trying to sell to other people so that we could possibly get our printer. Shoot give us an IKEA style printer and throw in a PDF for us to assemble... cause this is just getting dumb.
I sent them a message about just paying for the parts and having them build it and think others should too as an option. I really think this would probably be the best thing to do at this point or just keep waiting a year...two or more??.
Can we get an update Buccaneer? Let's get the ball rolling and if it works out I think it would help spread the business further so others can be interesting in buying too.
Throw my parts in a box, I'll put it together
So you disappear for years with my money and now you asking for more? You didn't even make the offer to send the filament I ordered. You haven't made an effort to communicate in a long time. All trust is lost and frankly my trust in crowd funding has been damaged and that is very unfortunate.
Quite good at creative writing but liar liar pants on fire... they used our assets to develop and sell another model printer . Fraud.
I am backer 3099 and probably will be able to print my coffin by time I get my printer in hand !! Thus I would entertain kicking in some cash in order to at least salvage something from this fiasco and get a printer sooner than later
Because of this experience, I'm now very hesitant to back projects that are a bit more costly. That was a lot of money we pledged. I hope you can refund us or send us a printer. Our money should have gone towards making printers for us and for future sales...but it looks like our money went elsewhere...
So has anyone of the backers actually received a printer fulfillment or a refund in the past 6 months?
I'd take anything at this point. Parts, refund, anything just to end this nightmare
I would like to join Saul&Katie&Samuel's proposal, makes sense.
I second that. If I could pay for just parts, I might be interested in paying that just to get my printer and be done with this.
How much does it cost to build one? If we pay for the supplies wouldn't it be easier to do it this way? At this point I don't mind paying a bit more just to finally have it. Let us know guys if this is a option.
June 29, 2013 I backed. I wonder if I could get a loan interest free that long. I read the TechCrunch article and it's a good read. Suing does little if they have nothing. Unsure if they can even save face, if so I believe it will take about 4 years. I'll add to my will my boys get the refund because I'll never see it. Worse is I have emails stating I'll get a refunded very soon ... few years ago.
You didn't start with 0 dollars. You took our inventory
Most of us think we are still unlikely to receive our printers but I'm really pleased you guys are not giving up. You will of course have to sell 35,200 printers to fullfil your latest objective. At around $300 each you are looking at approximately 10million in sales. That is a bigger target than the original Kickstarter campaign and could take you years to fullfil. Good luck!