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I guess I'm not current on Kickstarter but for some of these products why not just sell printed parts via the normal Shapeways channel and provide verified sources for other parts (like the test tubes) for customers to purchase separately? The only advantages I can see are economy of scale (500 test tubes purchased in bulk are cheaper) and less of a hassle factor for the customer.

scurries off to study this Kickstarter thing
#1 MrNibbles on 2013-06-14 01:01 (Reply)
+1

Also, is there not some irony in this?

"When I make something for myself, it's perfect, for me" - so I will then reproduce (mass-reproduce) it so that others can have exactly what suits me. Or, in other words, it becomes like any other non-customised, non-personalised product designed by someone.
#1.1 Anonymous on 2013-06-14 13:40 (Reply)
Is it irony, or is it allowing resonance with a product. A designer and an individual
#1.1.1 Anonymous on 2013-06-14 13:43 (Reply)
I guess I was wondering more about the business model involved. If you're using a social network service to sell existing products why not use Groupon instead of Kickstarter? Or why not use use Shapeways instead of Groupon or Kickstarter? Obviously sourcing the parts for a lamp and assembling it is beyond the scope of the Shapeways but for products that only require simple accessories like test tubes or pen refill cartridges is it that much more expensive or difficult for customers to purchase the components from various certified sources? Is there really that much more profit in a value-added product that ships pre-assembled or with all the parts in a single shipment?
#1.1.1.1 MrNibbles on 2013-06-14 16:19 (Reply)
I sometimes think that Kickstarter is being used for the wrong reasons, on occasion. I'm not going to knock the guy for trying - good for him, and I wish him well. He has some nice designs there, nothing spectacular, but certainly marketable in what I would consider more traditional means. As has been mentioned, why not just sell direct from Shapeways? For the items that require other parts tell the buyers where they can be obtained or offer them yourself. Perhaps he's going after the market that would never, ever, visit Shapeways... who knows.
#2 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-06-14 17:40 (Reply)
Bring more of the people to Shapeways!!!
#3 Anonymous on 2013-06-14 18:05 (Reply)

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