The r/lightsabers subreddit team announced they are “formally denouncing Ultrasabers”.
T_Quach, an r/lightsabers subreddit moderator, posted the announcement in the subreddit on June 18, 2020. The r/lightsabers subreddit is the largest subreddit dedicated to lightsabers and one of the largest online lightsaber groups, with over 53,000 members as of June 2020 (Update: over 127,000 members as of November 2020). The subreddit is currently moderated by a team of five lightsaber enthusiasts*. Ultrasabers is one of the largest custom saber companies in world.
* One of the r/lightsabers moderators, Danjabus, is a co-founder of the custom saber company Electrum Sabercrafts. According to T_Quach, Danjabus “wasn’t really active” in the r/lightsaber team’s discussion of denouncing Ultrasabers.
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Launched in 2005, custom saber company Ultrasabers has grown to become one of the largest and most famous custom saber companies in the world. Emory Harris is the owner of Ultrasabers. The company advertises with Google Ads and over the years has amassed over one million Ultrasabers Facebook page likes.
It is extremely common for a first time custom saber buyer to purchase from Ultrasabers likely to due a variety of factors including the company’s longevity, high visibility, name recognition, ad spending, high production output, and low price point on its entry level sabers. In fact, I (SaberSourcing) purchased my first custom saber from Ultrasabers and have subsequently extensively discussed Ultrasabers and its products on the SaberSourcing YouTube channel and website.
T_Quach asserts multiple reasons for the subreddit’s denouncement of Ultrasabers. Some reasons include allegations of: outdated saber technology and poor working conditions for employees. “Ultrasabers has had a bad rap for years,” T_Quach writes. “…To continue to support Ultrasabers is to damage this [lightsaber] community, and to do so is not the way we want to continue.”
As of 6/29/2020, the Ultrasabers BBB rating is F (with 49 reviews) and the Ultrasabers Trustpilot rating is 1.6 out of 5 (with 86 reviews). Several reviews mention contacting Ultrasabers and waiting weeks or months for a reply, if a reply is received at all. The reader is always strongly encouraged to research the positive and negative reviews of a company from various sources before making purchasing decisions.
Additionally, 8 of the 9 Ultrasabers Indeed reviews rank Ultrasabers 1 out of 5. The one positive review says, “I really like working there! Management rocks, the owner is a freaking beast and the rest of the employees are weird and chill!” The positive review also lists receiving an $8 hourly wage as the only con of working for the company.
“As moderators of an open forum,” T_Quach writes in the r/lightsaber subreddit announcement, “we originally felt it wasn’t our place to talk out [about Ultrasabers] because the mentality was to let customers do what they want and buy what they want…but the amount of damage [Ultrasabers] has done to the [custom saber] industry is actually remarkable.”
Read the full r/lightsabers subreddit announcement here: