Kickstarter is a wonderful place to back very cool and awesome projects. Sometimes you can really find gems. I’m a huge fan of the platform and I’ve backed many different items.
I have backed many board games, too, as I find it a good way to support those in the hobby. Some of the games are downright awesome.
But that leads me to the reason for this post.
One thing to note about Kickstarter is it is worldwide. People from many different countries run campaigns. Several months ago, I backed an interesting board game with the person based in Germany. I didn’t really worry much about that aspect of things as it was something that looked fun.
I received the game yesterday in the mail.
To say I was disappointed in how it arrived would be an understatement.
What I received was a badly taped box with a massive hole in the end (so much so that you could see the game through it). I don’t believe I am missing anything as there was a Kickstarter stretch goal that was in there with the box and it was a smaller Ziplock-style bag with the items inside. So it would appear nothing slipped out.
The one corner of the box was dinged a little, though nothing to make me freak out too much about. Boxed protect the game. I haven’t unboxed it yet as I planned on doing that sometime Tuesday night. There was just too much going on Monday for me to get to it.
The package was through DHL, and ended up at my local post office. It looked like it had been thrown around through the whole shipment. The box wasn’t taped the best (as you can see in the photos) and there was one gigantic gash on the one end. If there were many little things in the box, they probably would have gotten out.
Personally, I find this to be quite unacceptable.
When somebody backs you and gives you money to create something you have worked on, you make sure it gets to your backers in good shape. This is the first time this has ever happened as most items I have won come in much better packing.
In the end, it appears everything made it to me and in good shape, so I can’t be too upset in the overall situation. But, it is a little annoying to think that this could happen. I hope everybody else who backed the game gets their package in much better shape!
More photos of the packaging:
Are you a supporter of Kickstarter?
Have you ever received an item like this? If so, what did you do? I might contact the person who headed the campaign, just so he’s aware. Would you just let it go or e-mail the person?
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