Category Archives: Kickstarter

Kickstarter and Foreign Transaction Fees

Every once in a while I see something on Kickstarter that I think I want.

It’s never anything I need…because if I “needed it” I would buy it, and not put money down for an item I’ll get months/years later.

Last week I came across an item that I thought “hey, that’d be useful”, and when I went to look at the Reward Tiers, I saw that it was all in HKD (Hong Kong Dollar), but being the nice people they are, Kickstarter had a translation right under it in how much it would cost me in USD$.

Once the campaign closed and I got charged, I saw that I got hit with a Foreign Transaction Fee (FTF), for having my card charged in China. There are two thoughts I have on this:

  1. Kickstarter should have a nice big warning when you buy from foreign countries that you are going to likely be charged an FTF. And if they do have that warning, then it needs to be bigger, because I didn’t see it.
  2. Kickstarter should have figured out a way around the FTFs. They should be charging the customers based on their country of origin, and paying out the creators in their native dollar.
    There is no reason that us, the backers, should be hit with those fees, because it will just discourage future backing of foreign projects.

Kickstarter: ANANKE: A Graphic Novel Series

One of the people I went to college with, Natalie Raffaele, has worked on her first graphic novel for a few years, and now, together with Illustrator Aaron Parks, she is ready to crowdsource and fund the printing.

The title is “Ananke: The Prologue” and you can fund the Kickstarter HERE.

And now for a little about Ananke, from their main website:

Man has finally done it. We have created Artificial Intelligence that can think and emote entirely on its own.
They are called ConneXions.
Created by Latimer Industries on Earth, the ConneXion Series is the most innovative robotic line to date because of one feature: CRYSTAL TECHNOLOGY.  It is this component that gives A.I. a unique fingerprint and personal magnetism. As an ultimate test of A.I. capabilities, the company sends five ConneXions to ANANKE, a dwarf planet hidden in the Asteroid Belt, in search of habitable zones for human life.
It is on this quest that our story truly begins and a discovery is made that will change A.I. and humans forever.  Once found, there’s no turning back, and our ConneXions are thrust into a situation they cannot escape!

ANANKE: The Prologue is the birthplace of ANANKE’s epic three-part volume graphic novel series.  It is the catalyst for our characters’ motivations in the remaining three volumes to solving what may be the greatest mystery of mankind (and beyond…)!

Ananke: The Prologue