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Scam alert? Stunning laser shaver banned on Kickstarter after closing $4M mark

October 13th, 2015 at 7:15 PM
Skarp Laser Razor Kickstarter Scam

An interesting project hit Kickstarter not too long ago, offering buyers a breakthrough innovation in shaving. The sci-fi Skarp razor supposedly packs a laser that’s able to give users an even better, closer shave. The project had a $160,000 goal but recently blew past $4 million in pledges from interested consumers. However, Kickstarter soon took notice of the product’s popularity, and after investigating it further, the company decided to ban it.

Is the Skarp razor just vaporware?

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That’s not really clear, but Kickstarter believes that’s the case. According to an email sent by the crowdfunding site to backers and seen by The Register, the Skarp team failed to provide a working prototype of the physical product that’s being offered.

The Skarp team did post a YouTube video to show a working prototype in action. However, as you can see below, the device is far from looking promising, even though it can cut hairs using light.

Likely fearing Skarp is a scam, Kickstarter decided to remove the campaign, but the team behind it will not go down without a fight. The Skarp project has moved to Indiegogo, where it raised more than $100,000 in its first 10 hours.

Here’s the working prototype video that can also be seen on the Indiegogo page.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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