After raising nearly US$85,000 in its initial campaign — followed by another nearly-US$40,000 post-campaign — the Jyroball team got trapped in Chinese Factory Hell.
Having spent four of the last eight weeks on the ground in China. I recently took the difficult but necessary decision to move our final production and assembly to a different factory. One with whom I have no such concerns but with a significant implication for you, our backers and that is a considerable delay on our original estimated delivery dates.
In order to bring you the best possible product, we are going to bear a significantly increased per unit manufacturing cost, with higher quality materials and assembly specification. But the partner we have entrusted to do this and meet our standards, requires a longer lead time to do so.
As such we do not believe shipping of Perks will now be before the end of March next year.
I fully understand your anger and frustration on reading this above sentence. But we now have to be realistic and error on the side of caution. Having lined up and exchanged contracts with a production partner I can have confidence in, we’ll now work on the detailed plans, but we know already it will be 4-6 month period before we’ve shipped to you.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
I avoid crowdfunding because this hazard exists. It doesn’t matter if the campaigners are native Chinese, either. The problem is the untrustworthiness of Chinese contract factories. They will promise anything to get the business and then, one way or another, screw the hell out of you.
I don’t know how many contract factories there are, but for the good of the entire world it’s time someone put together a list that can be shared among crowdfunders of the factories to avoid. It’s time to stop this.
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