The mob has spoken, and it wants to ride suitcases
Indiegogo patrons seemed to agree. This time around, some 350 backers provided O'Donnell & Co. with more than $330,000 worth of pre-orders. An initial production run of 200 will begin in November of 2016 -- the first 25 are getting "the ultimate abuse test" -- while the balance will be delivered to early investors and partners starting in November.
If you just can't wait to get your hands (or rear end, as it were) on your very own Modobag, you can still pre-order through Indiegogo for $1,095, a cool $400 off the expected retail price. Sure, that's a hefty sticker, but your conventional carry-on ain't letting you do a Jeff Gordon imitation from the TSA checkpoint to your departure gate, all while charging your iPad, now is it?
A more robust production cycle starts up at the end of the year, which means Indiegogo investors with priority order fulfillment will be zipping around airport terminals, convention centers, and college campuses on Modobags as early as January 2017.
For O'Donnell, watching the Modobag transition from brainstorm to legit travel solution is fulfilling on multiple levels. "It's such a cool deal considering where we started," he says. "Two years later the Chi-Town Finest Breakers and their parents are doing well, they've moved out to a house in LA, the kids are still dancing and finding success. And here I am still putting motors on luggage!"