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"Kickstarter Featured Staff Favorite, Top Design" - Kickstarter.com
"Best design projects on Kickstarter, #1 Stampede" - CreativeBloq.com
"Got a box of old photos lurking around?" - PopPhoto.com
"Put some of those old prints to use in a creative way and put a smile on a friend or family member’s face at the same time" - PetAPixel.com
"We love it for “why hasn’t this been invented before?” Simplicity." - GetTheFive.com
"A Stamp That Turns Your Photos Into Postcards on Kickstarter" - PostSecret
"There’s just something different about sending and receiving an actual photo in the mail" - TechnaBob.com
"What better way than these special photographic memories to gift to the person whom you have spent scores of joyous moments." - e-junkie.info
Update! New Model and Smear Proof Ink!
Presenting STAMPEDE - A Stamp That Turns Your Photos Into Postcards
What Is Stampede?
Stampede is a reusable stamp that allows you to turn your printed photographs into instant US Postmaster approved postcards.
Why do I need Stampede?
If you’re like most people, you have shoeboxes full of photos somewhere in your house. Maybe they are under your bed or in a closet. These boxes could be full of your own photos as a budding photographer, sentimental photos of you with your parents, children, and friends, or photos from your distant past. When's the last time you opened one of those shoeboxes? If you take a look at them now, you'll probably smile and instantly remember the time when they were taken.
Stampede is a movement. It’s a movement to bring the smiles hidden in that shoebox back into your everyday life. Find those shoeboxes full of long forgotten photos and join the STAMPEDE now.
Everyone loves getting mail, especially sentimental photos that they can stick on their fridge. It sure beats a mass produced greeting and it's a heck of a lot cheaper!
With Stampede you simply grab a printed photo and stamp the back with the STAMPEDE stamp. Instantly you have all of the familiar postcard components: a postage stamp area, address lines, a divider, and space for your hand written message. It's like a custom postcard, but only takes a second to make, and is guaranteed to be unique and special.
Many of us have converted our old printed photos into digital form and are left wondering what to do with those hard copy originals. Stampede is the answer! Instead of tossing them in the trash, or having them take up space in that shoebox, you can make your friends and family smile as they reminisce every time they receive your special postcards.
We followed the strict guidelines set by the United States Postal Service in designing STAMPEDE. Simply add a 33 Cent Stamp, write in the address, and your custom message and you're all set. We ordered our first round of prototypes from an office supply megastore after finalizing the postcard design.
We ordered our custom prototypes from Office Depot after finalizing the postcard design. After a couple of trials we landed on the final design and form.
Each prototype using the current supplier costs around $100, which is the standard rate for custom, pre-inked stamps. They last for over 50,000 impressions, are refillable, and are "green friendly," which we love. However, $100 each is just too much. When our friends and family started asking for their own, we knew we had to get the price down to make it more economical!
To reduce the price for consumers, we needed to invent our own product and have it custom made. We had to make our own proprietary stamp with special quick-drying and smudge proof ink that doesn't smear in the mail. Currently, the ink that comes in pre-inked stamps doesn't fully dry on a lot of surfaces and we want Stampede to have an evaporative ink that will work on ALL photograph backs.
STAMPEDE turns the back of your photographs into postcards. So get them out from the depths of your shoeboxes and send them to your family and friends. They are bound to bring a smile to their faces and be loved more than any stock holiday card from the store.
It's as easy as PRINT, FLIP, STAMP, SHIP.
Use Stampede in 3 Easy Steps
- 1. PRINT
- 2. STAMP
- 3. SHIP
$5 or more - We teamed up with Darius Twin (www.dariustwin.com) to help share a local artists beautiful work. You'll receive a Thank You postcard featuring art from light painting artist Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin) sent to you anywhere in the world. Thank you for your support!!
Pledge $15 or more - We'll send you a series of digital postcard templates custom made by STAMPEDE (featured in the project description). You can print these at home on your favorite photographs and create amazing, original postcards. Additionally, you will receive a Thank You postcard featuring art from light painting artist Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin) sent to you anywhere in the world.
Pledge $25 or more - You will receive fifty pre-printed postcards with postcard templates custom made by STAMPEDE. You can print your favorite photographs on the front and create amazing, original postcards. Additionally, you will receive a Thank You postcard featuring art from light painting artist Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin) sent to you anywhere in the world.
Pledge $35 or more - Become part of the STAMPEDE movement! You will receive a STAMPEDE shirt (featured in the product description). Additionally, you will receive a series of digital postcard templates custom made by STAMPEDE (featured in the project description). You can print these at home on your favorite photographs and create amazing, original postcards. You will also receive a Thank You postcard featuring art from light painting artist Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin) sent to you anywhere in the world.
Pledge $50 or more - You will receive a stamp by STAMPEDE when they are produced. Simply stamp the back of any photograph, add postage, and drop it in the mail.
Pledge $70 or more - You will receive a stamp by STAMPEDE. Simply stamp the back of any photograph, add postage, and drop it in the mail. You will also receive a STAMPEDE shirt (featured in the product description).
Pledge $120 or more - The Founders Package - It comes with A stampede, 2 Permanent pens (great for writing on your new postcards), two STAMPEDE shirts, and a mystery gift. Don’t worry, it will be worth it!
Thanks for all of your support!
Comments? Critiques? Message us.
I'm a Product Designer and Marketer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I currently work for a small startup based in San Francisco, California. I love creating products that make my life easier and now I'm sharing them with the world. I love the ability that Kickstarter gives entrepreneurs to quickly market test, presell, and receive intelligent insight before production. If you love this idea, please support us. If you can't afford it right now, but still want to give us a shoutout--please share this project on facebook or twitter (we'll also settle for an old fashioned phone call).
We have a couple of great options for producing STAMPEDE. We would love to produce the product locally (READ: IN THE US). However, the most cost-effective option is overseas. Our production team has determined that we need $10,000 minimum investment to make the first batch in a quality we can be proud of. That's where you come in. If we raise $10,000 we can press the "START" button and get STAMPEDE in your hands. If we raise more, we can produce these locally and keep the production stateside.
- Late AUGUST - Project Ends
- Successful funding money will be used to order the first batch of STAMPEDE from the production company.
- OCTOBER - 60 day lead time allows us to receive the final STAMPEDE product.
- Shipped to you by the end of OCTOBER. Plenty of time to give STAMPEDE as a Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza gift.
Risks and challenges
We're making proprietary, custom ink for our self-inked stamps. We're also custom designing the impression and STAMPEDE product. While we hope this process is streamlined (and our manufacturer has everything lined up to produce the product), there may be delays.
What we won't do is produce a sub-par product. We put our name on STAMPEDE and don't take that opportunity lightly. We promise to keep you in the loop during the process so you feel this product is just as much your creation as it is ours.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Hi there! Amazing concept, but a question. Once the pre-ink has run out, is it possible to refill it with jumbo ink or whichever that we can find at the stationery store? Thanks! (Thanks Mushamir!)
Great question! We will sell ink to re-ink you stamp inexpensively. We expect stampede to last thousands of impressions without the need for purchasing more ink! (Thanks Mushamir!)
STAMPEDE is too expensive!!! I can just buy a rubber one for $30! Why would I buy the STAMPEDE stamp?
If you are to buy a rubber alternative there are some things to consider compared to STAMPEDE pre-inked Stamp.
Rubber Stamp Alternative CONS:
1. Make sure to apply even pressure to all sides of the stamp (there is no guide to make sure even placement is applied) and your postcard stamp may not be clearly read.
2. You need to also buy special ink on a "jumbo" pad to fit the proper size rubber stamp (these can run up to $30 depending on the quality, some inks are special and don't fade).
3. After you stamp your postcard some ink will still remain on the rubber stamp, be careful where you put this stamp as the ink may get on tables, clothes, or other papers.
We think the STAMPED pre-inked stamp is a great innovation, allowing you to quickly Print, Stamp, Ship. Simply uncap, stamp, recap, and you're done!
With STAMPEDE pre-inked Stamp there is:
1. No messy cleanup
2. No extra ink to buy
3. Everything you need in one package!
We've worked really hard to make this product a reality. Thanks for all of your support, we can't do it without you! If you haven't already, please share this project with your friends on facebook, twittering birds, linked connections, and blabbering bloggers! We appreciate it!
Hi, I live in Lisbon, Portugal and I'm very interested in having a STAMPED. My you ship it to Lisbon, Portugal? (preferably by DHL or FEDEX Express)
Of course!! We will ship STAMPEDE anywhere in the world!
You mention that the standard size of postcards here is 5 x 7 - would this work for a 4 x 6 print as well?
Of course! But you would have 1 less inch to write your custom message!
If I were to 'back' the Stampede product - which is AWESOME - and you do NOT reach your goal of $10,000 :( am I still guaranteed to receive my stamp by October 2013?
If we do not reach our goal of $10,000 by our deadline, no backers will be charged and the product will never be made. Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform. This is where you come in. Tell a friend, share the project, tweet it, or send a postcard. We need your help to bring this product to life.
USPS considers a 5 x 7 "postcard" to be a letter and a regular 46 cent stamp would be required (see rules & restrictions here: https://www.usps.com/send/first-class.htm or here: http://postcalc.usps.com/PopUps/FCMPostcard.htm)
A postcard must be between 3.5 x 5 and 4.25 x 6 for the postcard rate of 33 cents. So a 4x6 Normal size photograph can be sent for only 33 cents.
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