A spread of various keyboards.
Terms and Jargon
Every hobby has a lot of terms that are very confusing, and the hobby of mechanical keyboards is no exception.
I want to get this one out of the way first because you are likely going to encounter this right away. A Group Buy means you pay for the keyboard not only before you get it but before it even exists in the physical world. You are funding the keyboard so it can get made. It surely exists in renderings (sophisticated photo-realistic computer drawings) and maybe even a prototype paid for by the person who created the keyboard. But now, in order to become a product, it needs the funds to get hundreds of the keyboards made. You are definitely taking a chance here that the person is trustworthy and won’t run away with your money. This doesn’t happen often at all, but it has, and you need to make sure the community as a whole hasn’t raised a red flag about this person. With that out of the way, most people in this hobby are excellent and are doing their best to make their dream a reality. With the help of your dollars.