Oct 14, 2015 · 1 minute


Pando readers are well acquainted with the difference between Kickstarter and Indiegogo when it comes to fraud prevention.

For much of last year, James Robinson covered Indiegogo’s stubborn unwillingness to halt even the most egregious hardware “scampaigns” on its platforms. In fact, in at least one case, the company actively helped fund and promote an extremely suspect “calorie measuring” wristband, which one doctor described to Pando as “some straight Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman bullshit.”

Well, judging by a report from the BBC yesterday, nothing much has changed. Read this and weep…

A crowdfunding campaign for a razor blade which its US creators claimed could remove facial hair with a laser beam has been suspended by Kickstarter.

The device had attracted more than $4m (£2.6m) in funding - but reportedly did not have a working model.

Backers received an email from Kickstarter saying the Laser Razor was "in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards".

It has now been relisted on Indiegogo.

But Indiegogo hasn’t just been accepting of the unproven “lazer razor,” according to Skarp Razor’s CIO, "They have been incredibly helpful and they believe in the Skarp Razor as much as we do."

Because really “belief” is what’s important here.