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post #9751 of 10357
Don't love the logo but love everything else. Backed the CXL 8.
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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post

Don't love the logo but love everything else. Backed the CXL 8.


The CXL 8 would be my pick as well, and agree about the logo (inside by the inner pockets would be ideal IMO)

 

Overall it looks like a nice product from Gustin at a great price

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I'm in for the CXL 8 as well and also would love to see the logo in a less conspicuous place.  It won't keep me from loving the bag, but it would be preferable.

 

**I emailed my request to move the logo to customer service.  I guess it can't hurt to let them know.

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Yeah, I emailed them as well. I mean, even if they can't change anything it's something for them to keep in mind for the future

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The write-up says there are feet on the briefcases, but the pics only show patches on the bottom?

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Ah I see. It was a local SF event. Dig.

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post #9757 of 10357
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Originally Posted by Bryanb55 View Post
 

I'm in for the CXL 8 as well and also would love to see the logo in a less conspicuous place.  It won't keep me from loving the bag, but it would be preferable.

 

**I emailed my request to move the logo to customer service.  I guess it can't hurt to let them know.

 

I just backed the CXL #8 as well.  It will coordinate with my beautiful #8 jacket!

 

I feel the same way as everyone else regarding the logo label.  Keep that beautiful big face of CXL #8 on the side of the bag CLEAN.  Stick the label anywhere else than there.

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I just received a nice response from Stephen Powell, co-founder of Gustin. He said the patch will not be moving from its spot in the middle, but it is only on one side of the bag. Fair enough.
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Typical %funded manipulation ongoing.  The CXL #8 was 78% funded before I backed it.  It remained 78% funded after I backed it.

 

Now its down to 74% funded.

 

I really wish they would change it to show x funded of y available.  That's what we really want to see.  And I think it would be better from a marketing perspective because people are affected by knowing there are only a few of something, or that there are only a few left.  And then never manipulate the number funded, but if they want to increase or decrease the number available midway through the auction based on how its going, that's fine.

 

Transparent is good.

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Originally Posted by mountainman3520 View Post

Typical %funded manipulation ongoing.  The CXL #8 was 78% funded before I backed it.  It remained 78% funded after I backed it.



Now its down to 74% funded.



I really wish they would change it to show x funded of y available.  That's what we really want to see.  And I think it would be better from a marketing perspective because people are affected by knowing there are only a few of something, or that there are only a few left.  And then never manipulate the number funded, but if they want to increase or decrease the number available midway through the auction based on how its going, that's fine.


Transparent is good.




All kinds of things can explain what you're seeing as for as the %, but in any case I think you're over-thinking it.

Yeah - they're trying to create a buzz and a bit of mystery. It certainly makes give people incentive to sign up. I'm not sure why you think "transparency" is necessary or what value you think it has. For example, very, very few store show inventory levels.

While I'd guess there is a decision point that means they can say "We can make enough money even though it only funded at 87%" (I'm making up an example), I think the idea that they're manipulating sounds like a conspiracy-theorist perspective.

It's a pretty simple concept - for minimal risk, they make or have stuff made using customer's already-paid money and virtually zero inventory costs which saves them all kind of money. They sell stuff at pretty decent prices as result and seem to offer good customer service. They're doing things a little different, and while they're guilty of a bit of hyperbole here and there, I've been pretty happy with them.
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Originally Posted by mountainman3520 View Post
 

Typical %funded manipulation ongoing.  The CXL #8 was 78% funded before I backed it.  It remained 78% funded after I backed it.

 

Now its down to 74% funded.

 

I really wish they would change it to show x funded of y available.  That's what we really want to see.  And I think it would be better from a marketing perspective because people are affected by knowing there are only a few of something, or that there are only a few left.  And then never manipulate the number funded, but if they want to increase or decrease the number available midway through the auction based on how its going, that's fine.

 

Transparent is good.

 

Couldn't it just be a few people out? Hence why the number dropped? As to why it didn't go up in percentage when you joined, what if say 300 are set to be made? Would the percentage on the meter increase after only 1 person jumped in? I don't see why it matters that much. 

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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post
 
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Originally Posted by mountainman3520 View Post
 

Typical %funded manipulation ongoing.  The CXL #8 was 78% funded before I backed it.  It remained 78% funded after I backed it.

 

Now its down to 74% funded.

 

I really wish they would change it to show x funded of y available.  That's what we really want to see.  And I think it would be better from a marketing perspective because people are affected by knowing there are only a few of something, or that there are only a few left.  And then never manipulate the number funded, but if they want to increase or decrease the number available midway through the auction based on how its going, that's fine.

 

Transparent is good.



All kinds of things can explain what you're seeing as for as the %, but in any case I think you're over-thinking it.

Yeah - they're trying to create a buzz and a bit of mystery. It certainly makes give people incentive to sign up. I'm not sure why you think "transparency" is necessary or what value you think it has. For example, very, very few store show inventory levels.

While I'd guess there is a decision point that means they can say "We can make enough money even though it only funded at 87%" (I'm making up an example), I think the idea that they're manipulating sounds like a conspiracy-theorist perspective.

It's a pretty simple concept - for minimal risk, they make or have stuff made using customer's already-paid money and virtually zero inventory costs which saves them all kind of money. They sell stuff at pretty decent prices as result and seem to offer good customer service. They're doing things a little different, and while they're guilty of a bit of hyperbole here and there, I've been pretty happy with them.

 

I didn't say it was a conspiracy.  I said they are manipulating the %funded numbers, which is obviously true.  And there have been many examples of it.

 

The implication of the number not going up by even 1% when I backed the item is that there are 200+ copies available.  I doubt that's true but its possible.  If it is true, then the drop from 78 to 74% a few hours later would mean that a bunch more people canceled than backed the item during that time.  Very unlikely.

 

It's fine if it doesn't bother you if the stats are manipulated during the postings.  My opinion is that the business model would be better without this happening and it does detract from my enjoyment because I like to watch how the items fund which is part of the fun for me.  It would be fine (but less fun) if they didn't even post %funded and just listed the item for however long and had funding state be approximate (red, yellow, green, etc).  But it bugs my engineer statistician side to set quantitative milestones and then change them around midway through.

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^ Doesn't bug me.  Maybe they build in some leeway -- we need 100 but if interest is strong we'll go to 125.  Maybe they make the decision midstream when they see that demand far exceeds their expectation and so they check if they can source extra material or otherwise increase output from what they thought would be the full run.

 

I get why it bothers you but it really doesn't bother me much.  When I see that they are doing that it tells me there is a 0% chance it isn't going to close.

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Originally Posted by Bryanb55 View Post

I just received a nice response from Stephen Powell, co-founder of Gustin. He said the patch will not be moving from its spot in the middle, but it is only on one side of the bag. Fair enough.

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post #9765 of 10357
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Originally Posted by ninjabynight View Post


Found this on another site::

 

Dang I'm so jealous that you got these.  I was really excited about them and had exchanged messages with Josh about them shortly before they posted, and then backed them immediately and enthusiastically.  Very unique and great.  I have a giant olive shaped hole in my boot collection now!

 

:(

 

I also got hosed on the CXL#8 boot that I was excited about.  I realized I'd ordered the wrong size and tried to change my size the day the item backed, but was informed that the size I needed was already sold out due to the manufacturer enforcing a fixed ratio between the sizes.  So I could not change my size despite the auction just ending and could only cancel.

 

Double :(

 

I've been waiting 6+ months now for Gustin to post some cool new leathers (or the CXL#8 again) in their boot but nothing is coming other than the brown.  I suspect Gustin decided that it was just too difficult to deal with the forced distribution of sizes and then get stuck with an inventory of expensive boots in the undesired sizes.  So you can have any color you want so long as its CXL Brown.  I think they kept this brown boot posted for a long time but I don't see any in the log of prior funded items until many pages back.  So maybe they have not been funding.

 

Too bad.  The boots are really nice.  A bit wide for my foot but I have narrow feet.  Seems like all the wider footed people would have really liked them and the value was excellent at ~$200 vs. ~$400 for other nice US made boots like Wolverine 1000 mile.

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