I have used Kickstarter twice now and they have both been experiences I'd rather not repeat. Both are comics related so I'm unable to speak of other styles of Kickstarter (music, tech etc).
In both cases I have had to badger the creator to actually send out the book long after they have been available in the shops (shops who had nothing to do with Kickstarting the venture).
There seems to be a policy with some of the less professional creators to just get the book printed and then sell it to shops and on their tables at conventions. (Or get it picked up by a publisher).
I thought I would have a look at one of these creator's other projects. Turns out that a 6 issue run of comics was successfully Kickstarted in 2012 and it has neither been completed, in many cases no issues have been sent off and the creator has moved on to another project that also people are asking when it's going to be sent out internationally.
Comments on one page I looked at said things like 'Are you still alive?'
If you pay for something you expect to receive it.
If you help fund a project you don't expect it to be available elsewhere long before you receive a copy (if that even happens at all).
From what I can see on the website some people are awaiting comics from years ago. How is that either ethical or legal?
I am tempted to say that you should just go back to making a project and then asking people to buy it.
Or is that me just me being old fashioned?