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A podcast from Jesse Farrar & Mike Hale

Your Kickstarter Sucks

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168 Episodes • Released Weekly

168 Episodes • Released Weekly

A podcast from Jesse Farrar & Mike Hale

Your Kickstarter Sucks

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168 Episodes • Released Weekly

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Useless robots, minimalist shoes, and "offensive" card games up to the friggin' Pope's stinky eyeballs! (Ewww!) That's crowdfunding in a nutshell, but it's also our modern world - a vast creativity desert, populated almost exclusively by scammers and dummies, practically coded to prey upon our pathological consumerism, permanently on the precipice of collapsing onto itself. Plus, there's a shitload of USB cables everywhere.But it's not all bad. Most concepts springing from the twin Idea Hells of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are so obviously stupid that they'll never go into production -- saving valuable landfill space -- and many of them are laugh-out-loud funny. Well, they're the kind of funny that makes you do that ashamed chuckle you do when you're listening to a podcast in public. Sort of a stifled "Hfff" sound, where you clear your throat right afterwards and hope nobody noticed it. Hfffffffuhhhahem. I'm normal. As much as it sucks, sometimes you do need to buy stuff though. Occasionally you may even just want something, which is also fine within reason. And bombarded as we all are every day by hyper-targeted ads, we'll all eventually find ourselves getting pitched an idea that sounds like it might be exactly what we're looking for...if only they can just raise a little money. If you've read this far, that might sound pretty daunting. But the savvy shopper can avoid disaster with a few simple tips.Crowdfunding websites aren't stores, so you can't buy stuff there. Consider your pledges donations for potential rewards, and don't expect refunds.Check existing retailers for the product you want to buy. If it's a good enough idea, it's probably already for sale -- cheaper, and you can get it sooner.You have enough USB cables.Finally, and most importantly, listen to Your Kickstarter Sucks. Mike and JF will tell you all about the nasty garbage you're missing out on, so there's no need to put yourself through the slog of browsing the sites, and they'll help steer you clear of the really tempting stuff you ultimately don't need (how many times to you expect your USB cable to be shot at anyway?) And hey, if you Hfffffffuhhhahem a little bit while you're at it, well, I don't know. That's probably good. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Latest Episode

24 Aug 2020 • 1 hour 34 mins

Episode 163: God's Autograph

If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: stop whackin off to us! On today's show we've got a great bit based on something I found on my desk (don't skip ahead to it, let it come naturally; worth the wait), plus sort of the classic set-up of the show: 90 minutes long, not too many silent parts, Mike plays a fart sound at some point. Anti-Covid t-shirt, Trump Against Humanity, a nasty pimple popping thing, a psycho lady's dog talking to her, and more! Only on YKS. "YKS. Where else ya gonna find it?" #YKS #WhereElseMusic for YKS is courtesy of the Hell Yeah Babies, Craig Dickman, Howell Dawdy, and Mark Brendle. Additional research by Zeke Golvin. YKS is edited by Producer Dan. Executive Producer PBostrom.For more YKS, check out the YKS Premium Patreon. People are always asking us, "Where do you come up with your crazy ideas?" Well, we mostly do it on YKS Premium. That's where the true seeds of wacky ingenuity take hold, and you can be a part of it yourself with just $5. Enjoy movie commentaries, bonus Kickstarters, great guests, and I believe Mike takes his penis out in one episode as well -- only on YKS Premium -- "It's the Preem!" #Preem See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.