First the good news. Arenar, the people behind the iBand+ EEG lucid dream sleep tracker have successfully finished their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today.
But guess what? It looks like €644,249 raised from 3,958 backers is not enough, since there is now a sneaky redirect to a new Indiegogo campaign for the iBand plus from the original Kickstarter page disguised as a big green CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW! button.
If one redirect is not enough and you miss it then there is a bright pink Pre-Order NOW! radio button which also leads to an Indiegogo pledge campaign page.
This campaign is either a ‘smash and grab’, a bad case of greed, or a total build miscalculation?
According to Indiegogo $719,509 USD total funds raised.
1289 % funded on October 27, 2016.
Price on Indiegogo is $169 (yes USD, not Euro).
1 out of 1000 Perks has been claimed so far.
However judging this latest behaviour, it looks like Arenar are after every cent they can get. So the initial target figure of €50,000 is totally ludicrous, given that the creators are looking for even more money and pledges.
They are trying to bleed the lucid dream fraternity dry!
I think Arenar should have been a bit more open and honest about this affair. Kickstarter are culpable too I feel. There should be better rules in place to stop so-called ‘pre-orders’ being made from their campaign page, or any main changes to the campaign platform, especially after the funding date has passed, apart from the usual comments and updates to the backers.
It seems that too many project creators use the crowdfunding project page past the sell by date as a convenient sandwich board to invite click-bait for their product(s), rather than their OWN website resources.
Image courtesy of Kickstarter.com/Arenar.