I Don’t Get It
You’d think that in a marketplace of ideas, there would be so much variety in the hopes and dreams that people were trying to realize, that there wouldn’t be much in the way of repetition. You’d think that this would be where you would see real blue sky innovation occurring Apparently I am far too optimistic though, as I regularly see the same things coming up over and over. Maybe that isn’t being fair – maybe I just don’t understand how little tweeks to a core product are totally changing it and making it worthwhile, but I’m skeptical.
Want to know what projects top the charts in Kickstarter’s (apparently) most wanted?
Let’s take a look at a few of the repeat offenders:
- Identity projects (unknown) – These are less about making a specific thing, and more about raising funds/awareness/celebrating being an X. The author is almost always in the category they are promoting, and that makes sense. These projects are pretty common, and as close as Kickstarter gets to causes. I don’t back many projects in this vein, but then people are always discriminating against miniature painters and comic book writers; we have a long history of oppression.
- Hot Sauce (39 projects funded) – I’m not sure if so many people launch hot sauce projects because they are passionate about the family recipe, or if it is a cottage industry that is relatively easy to get into. Regardless, to date almost 40 projects have funded, and I’d estimate that at least four times that number have failed to fund.
- Playing Cards (105 projects funded) – It has already been brought up more than once on this blog, that Kickstarter is absolutely lousy with these projects. One of the big reasons, of course, is that if you have a little art and a little money, Bicycle will do all the work. This makes the bar to entry pretty low. Do people keep buying them because of Texas hold ’em? Are these collectors items waiting to happen?
I don’t back much in the way of the above listed projects, but I see the appeal, and I understand why people back them, even if I don’t. Things that didn’t make the list include iPhone cases, iPad cases, young adult fiction, bicycle lights, and anything related to steam punk or zombies.
And this one other thing, which makes no sense to me. It is the only project category that I have seen that competes with cards. The success ration on this mystery category is far lower, but to date, 65 projects have funded. What is it we are talking about exactly? Wallets.
These wallet projects largely come in two flavors: phone cases and minimalist. In the former, people are trying to sell a fat phone case with a place to store your credit cards, and in the later they are trying to persuade you that the ability to carry around a few bucks and a dozen cards is unnecessary. Until Kickstarter I had never even heard of a minimalist wallet, but it seems like a week doesn’t go by, where you don’t see a new one appear on the recently launched pages; these are the heart breaker’s of the fashion world.
So can someone explain it to me? Why wallets? Hell, why minimalist wallets? I just don’t get it.