Potato Salad Kickstarter Raises $70K in One Week, Loses Over $30K Days Later


Just a week after we reported on Zack “Danger” Brown, aka the Potato Salad Guy, his project exploded on Kickstarter. Sure, raising $1,600 for a $10 goal is pretty awesome, but getting $70,000 in support in less than a week? Pretty friggin’ crazy.

But as quick as potato salad fans rallied alongside the most ridiculous Kickstarter project in the history of ever, they started to disappear. A few days after the project hit its $70K milestone it dropped almost $30,000, nearly half of the total amount pledged. Brown, who’s been pretty good about updating the project at every major event, had nothing to say about the insane decline in funds.

It was assumed fans gave up on the potato salad party or that the novelty of the project wore off, possibly resulting in backers pulling their pledges before the project officially closes. However, the L.A. Times is reporting that there were three very large pledges of $10,000 that did not pass the verification process and were cancelled.

Either way, Brown has way more than enough money to make all the potato salad he could ever want, and then some.

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By Ashley Khawsy

Ashley believes in breakfast for dinner, sushi burritos, and the fact that there's always room for dessert. She moonlights as a pastry chef baking up sweet treats for her business, Smashbakes.

6 replies on “Potato Salad Kickstarter Raises $70K in One Week, Loses Over $30K Days Later”

Sounds like a scam to me. Fake $10,000 pledges to generate a sort of momentum/hype, and get others on board. Then pull your pledges and reap the rewards.

i honestly dont get kickstarter and some of this contribution thingies..i don’t know the rules or how it’s enforced real well..but it sounds like a way to just scam people …but heck i wish i cant think something up..and have some duhhh people give me money for almost no piece in it.

This entire Kickstarter is just poison to the idea of the site. They should never have approved such an absurd idea and when this guy runs off with everyone’s money they’ll be left to foot the bill

thats the thing, people are paying him to make himself potato salad. the really really high pledges can get a taste of it, but this isn’t a product similar to other kickstarters, this is more of a donation with nothing in return.

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