$4 million laser razor campaign banned from Kickstarter is already on Indiegogo
We’re writing to notify you that the Skarp Laser Razor project has been suspended, and your pledge has been canceled.
Indiegogo is not alone in its enthusiasm for the product, “powered by a small laser which cuts through hair for an incredibly close shave without irritating or damaging the skin”.
And given that Kickstarter requires projects to have working prototypes in order to accept funding, that wasn’t enough for the campaign to be successfully completed on the platform. “The laser beam is contained inside the fiber and is also well below eye safe levels”, wrote Skarp on their Kickstarter page.
As the Register in the United Kingdom reports, its readers shared a Kickstarter email that told them that “we’ve concluded that it is in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards”. Kickstarter, however, is skeptical of these unproven claims and has suspended the campaign indefinitely. The laser would cut the hairs instead of the steel razor edge, reducing irritation – in theory, at least.
Kickstarter aggressively polices its site, and until 2014 the company pre-emptively checked every project going up to make sure it fit with the stated policies.
Apparently, it was a message more than 20,000 Kickstarter backers were willing to part with cash to hear – the project raised more than $4 million before Kickstarter shut it down. This means that even if the funding target ($160,000 again) is not reached, Skarp will still get to keep the money. “You gotta do better than that piss green video with a 2 minute shave for a wrist”, writes user Mike King.
Skarp’s move to Indiegogo has been lauded by a few – mostly in the comments section of the Indiegogo campaign – and has been derided on every other forum on the Internet.