A campaign for a new razor has been shut down by Kickstarter after it reportedly violated the platform’s strict integrity rules.
Kickstarter said it has closed down the campaign because Skarp Laser Razor was flogging a prototype rather than the fully finished product and this is against the rules.
An email from the crowdfunding platform’s ‘Integrity Team’ to those who had contributed funding to the campaign read:
“After requesting and reviewing additional material from the creator of the project, we’ve concluded that it is in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards. Accordingly, all funding has been stopped and backers will not be charged for their pledges. No further action is required on your part. Suspensions cannot be undone.
“We take the integrity of the Kickstarter system very seriously. We only suspend projects when we find evidence that our rules are being violated.”
Although the creators of the project have not responded, they have decided instead to launch their campaign on Indiegogo, where the rules are more lax and allow for working prototypes to be sold.
The Skarp Laser Razor does seem to be a very popular product, despite its woes. In just nine hours (at the time of writing) it has managed to raise almost $90,000 from 637 people who are enthusiastic to see if its laser cutting technology can make a difference to their shaving experience.
The company says its innovative systems cuts the chance of scratches, razor burn, itching and rashes and general irritation, which will come as a great pull for those who want a super-smooth shave without the risk of skin damage.