On August 17, 2011 the Tech-Sync Power System project was shutdown. At the time hundreds of people had pledged money, and Steven Washington was looking to pull in over $27,637 from 419 backers.
Early backers were skeptical about the credibility of the project. These first backers commented asking for pictures or videos of the prototypes in action. On August 3, I posted why I thought the project was a hoax, Tech Sync Power System, Too Good to be True? Most Likely a Scam. I received some decent traffic to my post, indicating that I was not alone in my suspicions. On August 11, 2011 zenocon, a kickstarter member, posted a link to my blog post and traffic soared. Steven Washington himself, or someone else from Chesapeake, Virginia visited this blog. Within a day there was a flurry of conversation in the Kickstart project comments about the validity of the project. People wanted to believe that the project was real, but the evidence to the contrary was hard to ignore. Soon after, my blog began to receive visits with referrals to Kickstarter’s internal Zendesk help desk software. Someone had evidently reported the project to Kickstarter. On August 16 around noon eastern time I received another visit with a similar referral. Twelve hours later, the project was canceled, and Steven Washington’s Kickstarter account was deleted.
Fortunately, for the 419 backers of this project, enough people came together to get this shut down. Interestingly, Kickstarter had no obligation to cancel the project. According to their own policies they are not liable for projects that do not live up to their promises. Backers beware!
* It isn’t clear whether Kickstarter or Steven Washington canceled the project.