3/28: Final Update
To all those who believed in the FGHTR SWTCH, it saddens me to announce that we did not reach our minimum order quantity required to begin manufacturing. After spending countless hours designing, prototyping and marketing, we still fell short of our goal. Unfortunately as a small company we do not possess the resources needed to produce such a product without the support of a group buy model, which as many of you know can be tricky to successfully complete.
Do not fear however, your funds have been safely stored and will be redistributed shortly. Please allow 1-2 business days for your refund to be processed. If you have any issues please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number.
Again, I would like to thank everyone who supported the FGHTR SWTCH project. It means so much to us to have such a supportive community behind us, and we still hope to bring this vision to life some day.
12/12: Week 2 Update
Not much to report this week other than the fact that orders are still rolling in and we are inching closer to our goal every day! There has been some interest in having a Discord server set up where we can all chat about the group buy and other products. If you are interested, please complete the survey below.
12/5: Week 1 Update
Wow, thanks for all of the support! We are only 4 days into the group buy and hit over 2% of our goal. Now that may not seem like a lot to you, but to us it means we are well on our way to a finished product! With your help, we are going to hit our goal in no time. If we hit 100% of the goal before the end of the purchasing period, we can start prototyping even sooner. Sharing the product with friends, and spreading awareness will only help you get your order faster!
FYI: We will be posting a quick excerpt here weekly to keep you updated on the progress. Some weeks may be short and sweet, others we may have lots to share. See you next week!
12/1: Group Buy is NOW LIVE:
After 6 months of design iterations, including many successes and failures, the FGHTR SWTCH REV. 3 will be entering into the group buy phase! REV. 2 proved to be successful but not without shortcomings, specifically regarding the ability to scale our manufacturing while maintaining a quality product. REV. 2 was 3D printed with a high detail and semi flexible resin, which was our only viable option at the time of designing due to the high tooling costs required for injection molded parts. Between overwhelming requests to bring the product back and the burning desire to improve on the product, we now present REV. 3!
Some of you may ask why we are using the group buy model rather than ordering the inventory up front and selling them as an in-stock item, and in the interest of being 100% transparent we will get into all of the details below.
The injection molding process is expensive. Simply, we need to raise the funds for manufacturing as we do not have the means to order thousands of units up front. Based on the quote our local manufacturer provided us with, we need to sell approx. 1,000 units in order to cover the cost of tooling, prototyping, and mass production. If you do the math, that is quite a large chunk of change up front for a small business such as ours.
Also to be clear, this is the first group buy we have ever offered. Don't let this scare you though, we are dead serious about what we do and have a solid support team behind the project and have no intentions of providing you with any product less-than-perfect. If we can't deliver on that promise, you will get your money back no questions asked.