It gets quite crowded on Kickstarter, as more and more businesses and individuals are discovering the funding platform. One of the things that I personally do not like that much about the site is that it is relatively difficulty to navigate, especially if you want to keep taps on every new project that gets posted on the site. While you have a recently launched menu in the sidebar, you can't filter the items by category that you are interested in. And when you go into the categories, you can't display the newest projects here either.
Another thing that is currently missing from the site is a a shop of sorts that is providing users with options to buy successfully funded projects. Once a project has been funded on Kickstarter, it is basically up to the user to stay in the loop. And while you will receive the occasional email from the project team that gets you informed about recent advances, you do not really get any information if you have not funded the project.
Outgrow.me closes the gap by listing successfully funded Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects on their website. The site is not a shopping site though, more of a site that lists the successful projects and provides you with links to the developer sites where the items and products can be purchased.
What you find on outgrow.me though is a listing of successful projects that include photos, a description of the item, price information and the campaign video that promoted the Kickstarter campaign.
Categories on the left allow you to filter the results so that only products that you are interested in are displayed on the endlessly scrolling page. This includes some interesting categories like "everything but apple" or "under $25". Products can also be sorted by availability, with outgrow.me distinguishing between products that are already available and products that can be pre-ordered.
The site seems to have just started out and it shows in the products that are available on it. Another issue that you may have is that there is not a search option on the site to find items that you are interested in.
Still, the idea makes sense and is currently filling a gap. It remains to be seen what will happen to the site should Kickstarter decided to create its own shop of sorts on their site.
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