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    Kickstarter watches - Is interest fading?

    I like to watch brands upcoming via Kickstarter and also check the Kickstarter forum here regularly. It seems though that on WUS not much gets posted anymore on Kickstarter campaigns though plenty of watch action still seems to happen on Kickstarter. I am curious to hear how you guys see KS these days. Do you think it is all unoriginal, low-quality stuff on there now or do you still check it for gems?

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    I’ve never had an interest
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    Re: Kickstarter watches - Is interest fading?

    The shine has worn off, for sure. The wave of microbrands that got bootstrapped through kickstarter in 2014 thru 2016 gave some really good ones (zelos, lew&huey, melbourne watch co, visitor watch co), but those have in part moved off kickstarter or are known quantities. Over time, you started seeing more and more and more of the same, so each kcikstarter campaign feels less and less noteworthy.

    Annnd, I suspect people are starting to get very bored of the kickstarter experience of "pay now, get watch half a year later when you're no longer into it".

    Kickstarter itself is no longer interesting as a platform - all it is (to the end-buyer) is a storefront with pretty crappy sales terms and insane waiting times.
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    Very few Kickstarter watches keep their resale values. Most of them just disappeared.
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    Hopefully it’s dyimg, I’m tired of hearing about some Quentin and Selwyn trying to redefine affordable luxury by releasing so,e garbage DW clone
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    Re: Kickstarter watches - Is interest fading?

    There’s a lot of low quality stuff on there that I wouldn’t give house room to but IMO it’s still worth checking out now and then.
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    Re: Kickstarter watches - Is interest fading?

    I never actually pulled the trigger on one, but at one point I was looking at lots of them and did at times move to the "considering" stage. Now, I don't even bother. There's so much really interesting stuff being produced by the big brands at all price points that I find much more interesting than comparably priced Kickstarter campaigns.
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    There never was interest.
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    Re: Kickstarter watches - Is interest fading?

    I don't think that the target audience for the overwhelming majority of these Kickstarter campaigns was people who frequent WUS. Most people that I know don't wear traditional non-smart watches, and those that do like the idea of something cheap and unique. One of my friends regularly wears a large wooden watch that couldn't have been more than $100 (along these lines: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/6d/73/bd/6...al-watches.jpg) - he gets comments on it all the time, while I've received maybe a half dozen comments on my watches. Maybe I just have poor taste.

    Either way, the idea of a Kickstarter watch that looks unique and will grab attention is probably not going away anytime soon - just a matter of how many people will consider it to be worthwhile to design something and spin up production so that it can be "mass" produced.
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    Never had a flicker of interest.
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