I am honestly amazed that this isn’t more obvious:
…the most successful crowdfunding projects aren’t charities. They’re ventures that produce something people wish they could buy.
Maybe it’s because most of the Kickstarter projects I’ve backed have been gaming-related, or just basic geekery. I’m very comfortable with the idea that advances in manufacturing and communications have reached the point where we can link up several hundred people in this country and turn time, money, and resources into a limited-edition print of Dogs Playing D&D. But apparently the company itself is at best startled, but much more likely worried, that more people are going to be using Kickstarter as much for the commerce as the art.
Which is a shame. I mean, Kickstarter is a wizzo way for me to pick up stuff that I didn’t know that I wanted until I saw it. I am truly sorry to hear that this bothers people… as long as being sorry to hear that doesn’t require me to change my habits, of course.