As a tech junkie and blog writer, I have the amazing opportunity to test out and review amazing, cool products at times. There are other times when I just make the impulse buy because I cannot wait to get the latest tech in my hands. Sites like Kickstarter have definitely not helped my wallet. But, as some of you may have experienced, Kickstarter is not the most ideal place to actually purchase tech goods. The goal there is that when you contribute money, you are helping fund the inventor’s creation, and you are not paying for the actual end product. Inventors do reward you with an end product, but they are not bound to produce anything for you.
For a while, this model worked well for Kickstarter and its community of people that would support projects. But, lately, I am reading more and more about Kickstarter being more strict on what kinds of projects they are accepting as well as frustrated customers not being able to get their products because inventors didn’t come through. I could tell that change was coming and within the past few months I have seen other sites starting to pop up and today, I wanted to mainly focus on a brand new one that just came online, called Christie Street. They take a somewhat different approach than Kickstarter and it actually makes a lot of sense for both the inventor as well as the customer.