If you’ve been following this blog, you already know all about the Scribble Pen project which has been ejected from two different crowd funding platforms for providing misleading information about their level of progress on their pen that can supposedly write in any color.
During their second funding attempt, the team opened a volunteer beta tester program. The obvious question is how they could offer beta test units when they had no evidence of a working functional prototype in the first place, but that was far from the most confusing part of their campaign.
Now, months after shutting down and moving to “private investment“, the team has sprung back to life offering their beta testers access to test units for free! (with a $15 shipping fee).
Perhaps not surprisingly, they aren’t placing a cap on the number of people who can join the program. The links sent out are in no way protected, so if anyone is interested in giving away $15, they can join up here.
I volunteered to test it out myself and I can confirm that Scribble has charged me $15, but they never asked for my shipping address and sent me a simple email that said they will “Be in contact with [me] soon”.
The payment processing is done through FormCrafts’ Stripe plugin, so at least they aren’t collecting sensitive information.
Now it’s just a matter of time to see if Scribble Pen really plans on delivering beta test units. I’ll be sure to report on what happens next.