I bought One : Literally Five Cards

#NoMoreAwk

Here’s what they sent:

Literally Five Cards.

I don’t know what I expected.

But that’s not all!

It also came with a little note saying that they would refund all our money because it was a joke project and we weren’t supposed to actually back it!! (Now you tell me!)

I’m impressed. Think of all the joke projects on Kickstarter, how many of them would be classy enough to refund the money and finish the project?

They also sleeved the cards which is a nice touch.

Practice?

I guess they made this joke project just to practice setting up a Kickstarter project, and were as surprised as anyone when suckers like me actually gave them money. (Someone teach them about “Draft” mode!)

Anyway, their other project, their “real” project, is live and only has a couple of days left. It’s a sci-fi board game for 3-6 players.


If board games are your thing, I recomend checking it out. These people have already proven themselves to be good citizens of Kickstarter by following through professionally, even on their joke project.

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I Bought One : The Dollar Wallet

Last time I actually backed one of the crazy projects I mention on this site, I quite liked the result, but then the project creator posted a comment that he only sent me a nice one by accident! So I’ve decided to try again.

As pointed out back in August, Kickstarter has approximately 1.5 billion “Minimalist Wallet” projects. Seriously, a new one goes up almost every day. There are an endless supply of allegedly “minimalist” wallets, with all kinds of fancy features.

However, this project caught my eye :


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You can’t beat that price. I figure the most authentic minimalist wallet is probably also the cheapest, and really, what have I got to lose? (Answer : One dollar.)

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The dollar wallet shipped in an envelope that is smaller than an actual dollar. Notice the 66-cent postage stamp. This is really the 34-cent wallet.

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Yes! Now this is a minimalist wallet. It’s a piece of fiberboard, and an elastic band.

The fiberboard is actually a little nicer than I expected. Fiberboard is a close relative of cardboard, but this material feels reasonably sturdy. I’m sure it’ll break eventually, but what do you want for a dollar?

The idea here is that you strap your credit cards (and such) on one side, and your money, folded four ways, on the other side.

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Conclusions

This wallet is legitimately “minimalist”. I hereby declare that this is the winner of minimalism in wallets, and all those other “minimalist” wallets are posers. If this wallet were any more minimalist it wouldn’t be a wallet.

Ok, ok, it’s minimalist, but is it usable? Eh, it’s not terrible.

Minimalism is a trade-off. A regular, old-fashioned wallet is easier to use. You don’t have to fold the bills, and the cards are all in separate, easy-access pockets. A dollar wallet is easier to carry, and it fits in virtually any pocket, but it’s a bit harder to use. Your cash needs to be folded over (And then re-folded when someone hands you change) and your cards are all in a single stack, where only the top one is truly “easy-access”.

Final Thought

I don’t know if my pack-rat nature will allow me to give up my giant old-man wallet, But you can’t beat the price. If you’re in the market for a new wallet, you’ve got nothing to lose trying this one first.


See Also :

36 Dollars Magazine.

36 Dollars Magazine
A beautiful magazine made entirely from found paper, hand stitched, bound and cut.

Found art.

Found art in a tiny, easy-to-carry package.

Before found art is found, it’s trash.

Basically, This is a pocket-sized magazine made of trash.

I bought one!

Despite the name, these things went for a mere $6, including shipping. So why not? I can afford six bucks.

To be honest, I’d forgotten I ordered this, it’s been sitting on my desk in a brown wrapper with strange writing on it for months. I finally remembered what it was, and opened it up to take a look.

And you know what? I actually kind-of like it.

Here it is.

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Here it is. It’s a 4¼x3¼ inch little booklet. It really is made of random bits of scrap paper.

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(Sorry I’m holding it weird. I had to work my phone with my other hand.)
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You know what? I think this is delightful.

I love the randomness of this. I feel like I’m some kind of future-archeologist trying to understand a civilization through its trash.

I would honestly buy one of these every month if they were available.

Failure.

So, if this project succeded, and I liked it, why am I calling it a KickFailure?

Well, for one thing, it’s funny to resell trash.

But more importantly … he doesn’t seem to have actually sent everybody their magazine!

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Not only did he not send out all the magazines, but he’s disappeared!
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He’s taken all these people’s money and doesn’t even have the guts to tell them what went wrong!

At least he warned us.

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Update!

There is an update to this article!

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