Pre-order your Spark Socket now for $49 at sparkdevices.com
Today, our Kickstarter campaign comes to a close. Unfortunately we did not reach our funding goal, so your credit cards won’t be charged for the pledges you offered. However, we have great news – we are continuing the development and manufacturing of the Spark Socket, and we’re now taking pre-orders on our website for a new, lower price of $49, with discounts for larger orders!
To pre-order your Spark Sockets, visit our website at http://www.sparkdevices.com/. We still plan to deliver the product in Q3 2013, and one more benefit for you – we won’t be charging credit cards until we’re ready to ship the product.
Our team approached Kickstarter as both a crowd funding platform and a learning experience. Although we weren't able to hit our funding goal, we learned a lot of valuable information for our business and for our product, the Spark Socket. Perhaps most importantly, we learned that people are really excited about this product; more than 1,600 people put down their credit cards to get their hands on a Spark Socket, and offered to provide more than $125,000 of consumer funding. However, we set a high funding threshold because we didn't want to risk having insufficient funding to deliver the product.
Based on the great feedback we've received, we're moving forward with our business in the following ways:
1) We're continuing to crowdfund the Spark Socket, but this time on our own terms. We are now accepting pre-orders on our website at sparkdevices.com, where we have more flexibility in terms of how we collect orders; in particular, we can offer multiple units, which many of you have requested. We are also seeking private investors to help us cover some of the fixed costs of development, and as soon as we have collected enough funding through pre-orders and private investment, we will begin manufacturing. It’s easy to reserve your Spark Socket and make sure you’re one of the first to receive yours in Q3 of 2013. We won’t be charging credit cards until Spark is ready for delivery.
2) We've lowered the price to reach an even larger audience and help people buy multiple Sockets. Based on feedback from you, we have made finding cost reductions in the design of the product a priority. We’ve been busy this month and have baked our findings into our new budget. We’re happy to now be able to provide the Spark Socket at a lower cost of $49, with further discounts for people who order four or more.
3) We're beginning development of the Spark Switch, a light switch replacement that will complement the Spark Socket. Many Kickstarter backers requested a light switch replacement for areas in their home where they have lots of lights connected through one switch, and a light switch makes more sense economically. We aren’t releasing details just yet, but we’re excited to confirm that we've started work on the Spark Switch. While our primary focus is still to deliver the Socket as quickly as possible, we are looking forward to delivering the Spark Switch later next year.
Thank you for the incredible outpouring of support, feedback, and ideas. We wouldn’t be able to continue developing the Spark Socket without the support you’ve given us. Be sure to head over to our newly designed site and reserve your Spark Sockets. We can't wait to deliver our product and vision next year!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Zach and the Spark Team
P.S. With the Kickstarter campaign closing, you can now email us with questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.