Monday, April 27, 2015

Go Fund Thyself

We live in an age of crowdfunding - where art projects and new technology and even this guy's potato salad can happen because of we the people... and our wallets. And what some see as a viable way of helping dreamers create great new things, others see as the digital equivalent of begging on the Internet's street corner.


First there was Kickstarter. Then IndieGoGo. But those required an actual project to be funded, which was a huge bummer. Thankfully now there's GoFundMe, where people can ask for money for any personal reason at all. Or... no reason! You can just ask for money because you damn well feel like it!

Now don't get us wrong. We appreciate crowdsourcing for the sake of art and technology and what have you, and have not only held our own Kickstarter campaign in the past but contributed towards the Kickstarters/IndieGoGos of others. We also understand when a huge crisis arises, like when someone gets in an accident that wasn't their fault and ends up with $100,000 worth of medical bills, so they post a GoFundMe for help.

Unfortunately, your average GoFundMe is not like that. Instead, it's shit like this:


"OMG you guys, the mary-joo-wannas has made life hard! Now my son will never get that chicken he's always had his eye on!"

Wait, what?

Believe it or not, that's posted from a real life GoFundMe, from a woman asking for $10,000 because her husband doesn't make enough money to buy them a different house and life is hard. Frankly, we think it's ridiculous that people can get away with this. And we think it's even more ridiculous that people will fork over money for sob stories just like this.

And really, this lady isn't the only one. People are on GoFundMe right now asking for $20,000 for an island vacation. Or $50,000 so they can have a Disney princess wedding. Or even just $8,000 so they can "finally realize their dream" of owning a motorcycle.

So today, we decided to take action. Yes, that's right, we decided... to make our own GoFundMe campaign! I mean, why not? Life is hard and we could definitely use some free cash from you stupid bastards errr, you lovely Internet people!

So go check it out. It's fully illustrated and everything. And please... give with your hearts, but above all, give with your wallets. Because life is hard and we obviously need your money much more than you do. And hey, if we suck enough of your money out of you, you can start your own GoFundMe! It's the fun(d) that never ends!

http://www.gofundme.com/abeerfortheshower

Note: we posted this as backhanded satire, so please don't donate to our GoFundMe! It's just a joke at GoFundMe's expense and we really don't want donations. If you want to support us, go visit our bookstore or buy us a beer next time you're in Denver.

Cheers and stay classy, friends,
B&B

Beer: Great Basin Wild Horse Ale
Music: The Kooks


129 comments:

  1. If you need money for the funeral, I might have a spare dollar...
    People ask for the craziest things. A chicken? Can I give them a gift card to KFC?

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    1. Alex, please donate $3.99 so that we can finally realize our dream of having a white meat combo meal at KFC.

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    2. When was the last time you were at KFC? 1995? That white meal combo is more like $5.99. You need more fast food in your diet... obviously.

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    3. Do they at least still have dollar menu items? Or is my hope of binging on fast food with single dollars now dashed also? :(

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  2. Y'know, I've supported your Kickstarter and bought your books, but, this may be one of those things I just can't support...Oh, you said not to anyway. Great, we're all on the same page.
    I'm a fundraiser for a legitimate nonprofit, which I cll "high level begging," and it's crap like GoFundMe that dilute the donation pool and make it harder for actual nonprofits to raise money because the average person is now using what could be tax-deductible donations on nonsense like getting someone who's horrible at personal finance a Disney Princess wedding! Uh oh, I didn't realize how high up my soapbox was when I got up on it. I need to make a GoFundMe for a ladder.

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    1. Hey, we'd donate toward that! Let's start the "Donate toward real fucking charities" GoFundMe. I'll be sure and support you right after I get my next paycheck. My last paycheck was spent on a 22 year old girl's dream vacation in Fiji.

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  3. I had a look at the GoFundMe and to be honest I'm surprised that you haven't actually gotten any money yet. I like the idea of crowdfunding at the basic level. I enjoy helping people create and live their dreams. I think it also helps keep the finished product pure. When something is paid for by the people who intend to use it then it's a lot more suited to them. That's the ideal anyway. I'm yet to really meet a GoFundMe that I've liked. Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are good. When we reach virtual panhandling though we've probably gone too far.

    Still, I'm tempted to make a GoFundMe just to see how much money I could get. I have a few good sob stories. I'm also not against helping people with things like medical bills or actual emergencies. I'm not about to buy a house for someone though or help them "live their dream" of owning a motorcycle.

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    1. I just hope and pray that no one does donate. That would make us both feel awkward. I mean, after all, it's just a joke. And I bet you could make a killer GoFundMe. Start with $100,000 and just see how it plays out. You don't want to get too greedy, after all.

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  4. I want a Disney Princess Wedding, although I may need to start a GoFundMe to buy a mail order husband first.

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    1. Yes! That would make a GREAT GoFundMe! "Please help me realize my dream of buying the perfect man."

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  5. B&B:
    Who would have thought that we have "reinvented the wheel" when it comes to being a street-corner beggar?
    We just traded the "corner" for the Internet", an begging has indeed become "funding".
    Like the FEDS haven't had this one covered for ages...lol

    (And to think I contemplated a GoFundMe for a USED Aston-Martin...heh)

    Sometimes, technology isn't as user-friendly as it's cracked up to be...is it?
    Then again, if the PEOPLE had a few functioning brain cells, they'd have figured that one out some time ago.

    Excellent post.

    Stay safe out there, guys!

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    1. It's just nice to know that instead of growing out a beard and putting dirt in your hair and wandering out to a busy street corner you can just do all this from home. It really saves the hassle. Plus, you don't have to lie and say that you need money for food. Now you can just beg for whatever you want. Thanks, Internet! That's what we call progress!

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  6. Couldn't have said it better myself. These GoFundMe campaigns are getting out of control. Why just recently here in Indiana a pizza parlor stated that they will not cater to gay weddings. Needless to say, the backlash they received was so traumatic they had to close the store for a couple days. To cover the losses they set up a funding account and received $850,000 in just a matter of days. I was disgusting at the amount of money people donated to this gay-bashing pizza joint.

    Makes me want to go on an anti-gay tirade, get all the threats from the gay community, (this adds sympathy to my cause) and then set up a "poor little me campaign" and live large.

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    1. I think people just really suck at managing money. I know our country isn't THAT well off as a whole. I mean, can you imagine that kind of thinking?

      "I can barely afford to live in this tiny 2 bedroom house and feed my kids, but I'm going to donate $100 toward a gay-bashing pizza business because I believe in its values."

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    2. I admit that I poorly manage my money, and yes I agree that it is a big issue among many Americans. People wouldn't feel so broke and poor, including myself, if only they properly manage their money.

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  7. lmao, I'm surprised they let you keep that up there. But then they don't really care as they get their cut of whatever is made. Anyone with a boo hoo story is on there. It is pathetic. A bunch of self entitled ass holes looking for a handout.

    But hey I do need a mansion for each of my cats and three of them for me, with my own personal driver because my cats want a big house and I hate traffic. Maybe I should try

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    1. It's been up there for almost 10 days and no one's said a damn thing. I truly think that they won't delete it, simply because it MIGHT get money backhandedly. And mind you, GoFundMe gets 8% of everything you make. So if you get your $50,000 dream wedding, then GoFundMe gets $4,000 of that. Greedy bastards.

      This, more than anything, is why we say not to donate to us. Because yes, it's a joke, but we don't want GoFundMe to make a damn penny off of our joke!

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  8. This trend has made me a more skeptical - even cynical - human being.

    Because of crowdsourcning, I am beginning to think everyone is just in it for themselves, that they're just trying to see how they can make a buck off every situaiton.

    I'm done with the net. I'm turning to television, where there people are honest and those nice lawyers, siding companies, and extermination businesses just want me to know they are available if I need them.

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    1. I bet that crowdsourcing is really hurting the fake cast industry, though. I used to see a guy who asked for money down by the freeway and he had a cast on a different limb every day (well, he would have cycled through limbs every few days, I guess).

      Now he'd just need wifi.

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    2. What really kills me is when I see something like, "Please donate $20,000 so I can work on this novel I've always wanted to write." And I think... why do you need money to write it? To market it, to get a professional cover made, to create artwork for it... that I understand. But just to write it? I want free money just to sit down and write a fucking story. I'm going about this writing thing all wrong. And here I thought people paid me AFTER.

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    3. Fun story: I had a friend who was such a sap for donating to beggars. She always donated to this one guy in particular, a homeless looking guy in a wheelchair with no legs. She did it because she felt bad for him. I told her he was probably faking it. She never believed me and said no one would ever do that... until she gave him a $5 bill, and some jackass came by and grabbed his jar of money, and the dude hopped out of his wheelchair (his legs were just tucked underneath him to make his knees look like stumps) and he ran in a full SPRINT toward the guy that stole from him.

      She's not given a single dollar to anyone since, and I still give her shit about it to this day. True story.

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  9. God damn it, gofundme is one fuckawful website.
    I wanted to give an hipster-ironic $0.69, because $4.20 would be too much. Turns out you can only give full dollars, so I enter $1.
    "Donations must be at least $5."
    Well go fuck/fund yourselves them.

    KickStarter was a nice initiative. These days though, everyone and their grandmother wants to get in on the easy bucks. The kind of projects I see on there that actually get funded, oh my fucking god. A game with pretty art assets, but not a single shred of actual gameplay? 250% funded in three days. A game with placeholder assets, but really interesting and deep-reaching gameplay? 5% funded with one day left.
    The salad proved the point: people vote with their wallets, and people are retarded.

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    1. A-fucking-men to that, man. I've seen a lot of cool Kickstarters that went absolutely nowhere. We've even donated to some. Meanwhile, The Oatmeal makes a very basic, very boring looking card game and gets almost TEN MILLION DOLLARS.

      This, for a card game in which the goal is simply not to get an exploding cat. That's it.

      As the great Doctor Farnsworth said, I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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  10. Brilliant. I see your GoFundMe and I raise you a pyramid scheme. I donate to you, and you have to donate to two, and then all of them have to donate to two and then THEY tell two friends, and so on. Mine is totally legit, I want to fulfill my dream of being an Internet minister for a living to feed my wedding cake addiction. Eerr I mean bring people in love together. Peace, my brethren *sign of the cross*

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    1. That's fantastic. To go along with that, you need a "digital blessing" button on your blog. The idea is simple - people can PayPal you $5 with the click of a button, and in exchange you bless them virtually. I feel holier already!

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  11. Since I have such a bleeding heart, and tend to be a bit naive when it comes to helping people, I had to learn the hard way to be smart with hand outs. Thanks to The Husband, I no longer hand over cash to people that ask me for money because they are hungry. Now, I offer to go with them to buy them food, instead of handing them more cash to shoot or drink up. It's funny how many people will just walk away as soon as I offer to buy them a sandwich or groceries, instead of just handing them cash.

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    1. We have a mutual friend who did that. She was at the gas station and a guy came up to her giving her a sob story about how his car ran out of gas and he just needed a few bucks to fill his tank. She smiled and said, "Sure, just take me to your car, show me that your tank is empty, and I'll pay to fill it completely." He absolutely refused and tried to walk away. She then went over to his car, looked inside the window, and saw that the needle was at half, and proceeded to follow him around for half an hour. Anyone he started talking to she would interrupt and say, "He's lying to you, his tank is half full, he's just trying to scam you out of money." Finally he cussed her out and left. I'm amazed she did that... and without getting stabbed.

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  12. Your GoFundMe account is by far the best one I have seen! I think I'm going to post your link as a forward on the GoFundMe account of the dude who stole over 500 grand from my husband's practice and is now asking people for $$$$ to start up his own juicing business. Uh yea, I think he will get the message loud and clear!

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    1. Wow, someone actually did that to your husband? I think someone needs to put HIM in a juicer.

      Also, can I just say, I'm a big fan of living your dreams, but I do laugh when I see something ridiculous like, "I just left my $100,000 a year job to realize my dream of opening up an all-organic banana stand. Please donate and help this dream come true!"

      A) That's the dumbest fucking business idea I've ever heard. Why? Just why?
      B) So why didn't you just use your $100,000 a year job to fund this venture, you lazy prick?

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  13. I don't imagine either of you guys thought of turning to prostitution, did you? It's not gay if they pay. Show some initiative!

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    1. Our next GoFundMe will actually be all about prostitution.

      "Please help us realize our dream of sleeping with a high end $5,000 prostitute. The classy kind that actually comes over with a bottle of wine. We each need our own (no crossing swords) so please donate $10,000 total."

      That was what you meant, right?

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  14. Seriously, a vacation? With. $20,000, I would pay off my truck and other debt and buy new sheets and towels. And I need new glasses. People are sad. Coincidentally, my brother-in-law did make one of those. He called it a social experiment. Raise a million dollars just cause and to see if anyone would actually donate. I really have no idea how that is going. Maybe I should check.

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    1. All hail the social experiment - let's do something dumb and then claim it's art. My favorite social experiment is blatant sexism. "I'm gonna go grab a girl's ass and see what she does. Don't worry, I'm filming it, so it's not sexual assault. It's a social experiment!"

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  15. OK maybe my head is up my ass but i had no idea this was actually going on. It is hard for me to even believe this is true! People will do anything for a buck. I would like to know if Disney slut is actually getting any money. OK, Ok she may not be a slut and that is so wrong of me but she is a money grubbing brat who deserves my show up her ass. Maybe she should be painted purple and have a dress with eight arms attached a la the Octopus lard from The Little Mermaid? So I now have to see your web site for money...hahahaaaa

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    1. It's not a "she." It's "they." There's a ton of overpriced weddings being funded on GoFundMe. Apparently if you can't afford a $50,000 wedding the best course of action is to beg on the Internet until other people can afford it for you.

      I mean, that horsedrawn carriage isn't going to pay for itself, and if you can't enter your own wedding via shimmering white stallion, then what the hell is the point of getting married in the first place, am I right?

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  16. Wow. I had no idea that those things were being abused like that. But I'm definitely not surprised. I mean, it's really amazing how much effort the lazy will put into not doing anything for themselves. You could make your GoFundMe account/story into its own novel. Hilarious!

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    1. Hey, another way to make even more money! I like that!

      "You donated toward our GoFundMe - now buy the book! 100% of the proceeds go directly to us, which is what this is all about. Us."

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    2. Yes! It's perfect! I say go for it. I can't buy it, of course, because I'm running my own campaign to raise money so I can support my purse addiction. But hey, good luck with that!

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  17. No amount of money will bring Bryan back from the dead. But lots of money might get you out of jail and give you the lifestyle you both deserved but were denied by a harsh, cruel world. I really think Bryan would want that. I mean he loves you dude and if you were out there living the dream, he'd be smiling down at you from heaven (or up from hell).

    My Catholic guilt is kicking in and I'm tempted to give and to give BIG. But I know that I can drown that guilt with a bottle of gin, so that's what I'm gonna do.

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    1. But how will we drown out Brandon's Catholic guilt from killing Bryan? That gin won't buy itself. So please donate toward a high end bottle of gin. Beefeater just won't do it in a time like this.

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  18. And all those lowly victims are facing economic strife due to the legalization of marijuana in CO. Let me see what I can do...digging into my wallet...nope, just some brownie crumbs, you poor fu--s. Oh sorry, not you guys. Lemme go see what I can do for ya.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who keeps brownies in their wallet. I mean, how else am I going to feel better about being poor? "Well, I still don't have any dollars in here, but at least I have you, stale store-bought brownie."

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  19. An acquaintance of a friend is on there begging for $30,000 for her boyfriend to get dental implants, because he would prefer not to get the dentures that are covered under his insurance. Like instead of getting the dentures and saving for the implants, apparently everyone they know should pay for his implants immediately. She actually went on an angry rant on facebook because no one donated.

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    1. "Please give me $30,000 so I don't have to be the girl that has a boyfriend with dentures."

      That's gold. Comedy gold.

      There's added dickishness to that request if he lost his teeth from his own stupidity. "I didn't brush my teeth for 20 years and now people won't pay me for new ones? WTF, guys?"

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  20. PS I laughed through this post, and then I laughed through your GoFundMepage. It's brilliantly hilarious. I tried to fund you $0, then $1, to see if it registered. Those bastards require at least a $5 donation. I guess you were telling the truth - the ladies on stage really do insist on tips. It's all because Obama smoked marijuana and brought this country down.

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    1. Dammit, I wish they would let people donate $0. That would be such an epic fuck you, especially if it was something like, "Robyn can't afford to donate at this time, but wanted to extend her well wishes for your campaign - $0."

      I bet all of these GoFundMes would be FULL of them.

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  21. I understand the hardships. I'm sitting on 50 acres of land, but I require at least 60 acres of land to install a private runway for my personal jumbo jet. I tried buying the plots of land surrounding my property, but there's these selfish pricks who say they have a right to live on the land they purchased. If you call residing on a quarter an acre of land "living", then you must lead a pretty miserable life. The gall of some people/

    Anyway, all I require is roughly 1 million bucks to buy these assholes out. I was planning on bribing them with the money I got back from my tax returns, but then I realized that I'm so rich that I don't pay taxes to begin with.

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    1. My friend, my heart weeps for you. This is the saddest tale I've ever heard. Please point me in the direction of your GoFundMe, so I can have my personal assistant wire you money from my Swiss Bank Account. We rich assholes have to stick together. If not, then we're no better than those awful, impoverished peons that I've heard about on the television.

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  22. Frankly, this whole GoFundMe nonsense, which I didn't even know about until this post, is a freakin' Godsend. I'm tempted to make sure that all of the scammers who approach my mother in the future are made aware of the MUCH MORE PROFITABLE SYSTEM of using GoFundMe rather than trying to freeload off of my mother. GoFundMe is a scammer's wet dream, and I can be the girl who makes it happen for them. Of course, they might have trouble with the language issue.

    I Richard Samuel Richard stuck in Australia. My employer give me big check but I no can cash it. Since I French citizen, and my bank in France, I stuck. Stuck. Stuck. Plus, Australia government won't let me leave the country until I pay tax. Can't pay tax because can't cash check. If you fund me, I will pay every single one back when check cash in France. The worst news: my neighbor refuses to feed my cat as of tomorrow. Time is running out. Please help this hard at work man get unstuck.

    I just threw that bit in about the cat. However, I think it totally makes the story. Since he's not romancing anyone, someone's life must be at stake.

    GoFundMe: A Scammer's Delight.

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    1. I just want to let you know that I laughed my ass off at that GoFundMe description.

      And yes, playing at animal sympathy is always a go-to move! And do make sure Richard Samuel Richard photoshops a pair of crutches and maybe a neck brace into his profile picture.

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  23. Begging on the internet corner is an apt description. If a product results (film, book, etc or someone needs a kidney) I could perhaps loosen the purse strings, but not for someone else's 'hard life story'. It used to be that people promised to send you something - the handy dandy doomajigger, but panhandling internet style is becoming an accepted way of getting others to support a 'dream'? Yes, go fund yourself . . .And I WOULD prefer to buy a beer when in Colorado! Brewery suppor,t I understand.

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    1. Yes, tasty, tasty support. We have some of the best beers in the world here, and let me tell you, you can donate $5 toward some poor lazy sap, or you can donate $5 toward a crisp, delicious, ice cold craft beer.

      And I think you know which option we'll choose every time.

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  24. Hahaha! You guys are hilarious and awesome. You've worked hard on this gofundme project or whatever they're called! We don't even get kickstarter here in the third world. I know some friends who could legit use a campaign on kickstarter and the like for their creative Ventures, but clearly we third world democracies only create any content on the Internet or elsewhere to rip you off. Obviously. And that's why there is no crowd funding in India. And that's also why we're all destined to study engineering in college and then work at call centers. I wonder if gofundme works here. I need to create a gofundme to relieve all of those call center workers from their jobs because who needs jobs when rich people are nice enough to share over the Internet. This is even worse than the Nigerian prince scams.
    As for beggars, we have plenty of them here. And that friend of yours who followed that guy around to tell people he was lying is clearly awesome. I'm a sucker myself when it comes to giving away money to beggars. The other day, my friend and I were getting ourselves some Street food when these two little kids came up saying they were hungry. So we decided to buy them a vada pav. That's what it's called. So they eat their vada pay and they're happy and everyone's happy, but before we finish our meal, another woman comes up and starts asking us to buy her food. We make a motion to buy her another vada pav and she tells us "no. I don't want that, get me this" and she points at something else on the menu. If she wants to pick and choose her food, clearly she can buy it herself. We could only afford vada pass ourselves. These people really get on my nerves, she was even old enough to get herself a job.

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    1. Hey, you SHOULD create your own GoFundMe. Just the term "third world" would garner you so much sympathy!

      And I hate people like that. We've been downtown more than a few times and have seen someone on the street corner, begging for food, and another person will actually come by and give them food that they bought for them... then, after they leave, the beggar will just throw it in the trash in disgust and go back to begging. They don't want food. They want money. It's disgusting. It's also why I'm now very skeptical when I see people begging like that. I'm happy to buy you lunch, but I'm not going to give you $5 just so you can go grab a beer without having to ever get a job.

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  25. Now that is funny and it had to be said. I have quite a few *about 600* friends on fb and it seems like every week at least one of them has a new gofundme going on. I have a couple of friends that have set up several gofundme accounts for different reasons. Mostly so they can take care of all the animals that they have taken in and can't afford to take care of but expect everyone else to pay for them and get mad when people have had enough of that stop donating to them.

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    1. I only have about 100 friends on Facebook and I still see constant GoFundMes. My favorite is the guy who one week posts about his brand new sports car, and the next week launches a GoFundMe so his kid can go on a field trip.

      "Please don't let my child suffer because of my poor money management skills."

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  26. Wait, wait! I saw someone named Dillweed doing something like this!
    It was "give my books 5-stars so I don't have to live under a bridge" or something like that.

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    1. I don't think it worked, then. "Please donate $10,000 so I can Feng Shui the underside of my bridge."

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  27. >>... "OMG you guys, the mary-joo-wannas has made life hard! Now my son will never get that chicken he's always had his eye on!"

    If Gabe wants a couple of chickens and a garden, let him go plant a marijuana garden and buy some chickens with the profit. This isn't hard to figure out; this isn't Rocket Science.

    >>... we could definitely use some free cash from you stupid bastards errr, you lovely Internet people!

    >>...Note: we posted this as backhanded satire, so please don't donate to our GoFundMe!

    But see? In the end, you STILL had to remind us stupid bastards-- errr, we lovely Internet people, NOT to actually donate.

    I went to the site and I donated 12 ounces of 'CERVEZA CHILEBESO'. I hope it helps you in your hour of need.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Well, it was either that or receive the ire of stupid bastards that don't understand we're just joking, and that this is not some elaborate reverse psychology ploy for free money.

      And I appreciate the 12 ounces of Cerveza Chilebeso, but GoFundMe takes 8% of everything. Meaning we only got about 10 ounces of beer. What a ripoff.

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  28. By the way, I've been thinking a lot about how legal marijuana might be making things more expensive up there in Colorado, like the GoFundMe campaign claims.

    Then I remembered a time when I was stoned and couldn't figure out how much to pay for some items at the store. My brain just couldn't wrap itself around the concept of money. So I said to the cashier, "Tell me when I have given you enough money," and I started handing her cash. I don't know how much I handed her before she said it was enough.

    I think maybe the problem in Colorado is that you have dishonest cashiers, who lie when your stoners hand them cash for something, thereby driving up the cost of living in Colorado.

    I don't know how you fix something ike that.

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    1. I feel like the obvious solution to this is simply balancing things out with stoner cashiers.

      Stoned Katy, handing multiple bills to cashier: "Here, is this enough money?"
      Stoned cashier: "Whoa... uh, I don't know, man. I lost count. You should just take this. You seem nice."

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  29. I feel almost like we got two blog posts today.

    You'll have to keep us updated on if people actually donate or comment. I expect a couple of comments from people who have no idea what the fuck is happening.

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    1. And those are the comments that we eagerly await - the comments from people who don't understand satire and for some reason genuinely think our GoFundMe is serious.

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  30. I'm sorry, but I donate locally and have reached my budget limit on handing out money, even when Obama is to blame. (That's my practiced response that keeps me married.)

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    1. Damn, you had me going there for a second. That's a good line. And now, instead of being mad at you, I'm even angrier at the president. And I'm still not even sure why.

      THANKS, OBAMA.

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  31. Just reading the title of this post made me laugh out loud--and I'm not making that up, like when people say, "I laughed so hard I spit out my coffee!" and you know they really didn't. I AM drinking coffee, and I DID laugh out loud, but I didn't spit out my coffee. I'm good like that. Anyway, I f*cking LOVE this post (keeping it classy with the star int he middle). I will be sharing for sure. You guys are hilarious.

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    1. Hey, thanks a lot, but fuck censoring yourself! No need to fucking use stars around here. Unless the star represents an anus, and it's your way of making the word 'fuck' even more offensive. In which case... carry the f*ck on.

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  32. For a brief moment, I thought, "Wow, if they can do it, so can I!" Then I thought about the typical response I get when I ask someone "tell me what you think" of an idea on Time Machine. I can find a nickel on the street.

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    1. But... can we have that nickel? I think it's been demonstrated that we need it much more than you do.

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    2. I thought about pledging it on your GFM...that or a penny...

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  33. Hey, maybe I can fund a way to retire before I die! National Lampoon had a great cover of a dog with a pistol at the side of its head with the words, "Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this dog." Or something like that. There are lots of way to get people to send money, but I like to sleep at night. Of course I would sleep better in a big mansion with lots of guards.

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    1. Those are the exact kind of words that could land you GoFundMe gold. "Help Jono stay safe from the cruel outside world by funding his mansion and bodyguards - $1,000,000 goal."

      You may not ever be able to retire, but at least when you get evicted for being behind on payments you can say you were evicted from a mansion.

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  34. I'd never heard of this. I think I should go start one too. I could use a nice expensive vacation.

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    1. Vacations don't grow on trees, but money sure does, so why not ask? Bonus points if you guilt trip your friends. Friends love when you do that.

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  36. I want to be crowd funded, which means I want a bunch of people to give me money so I can have a higher standard of living. I bought steps for Franklin to use so maybe he would get in bed with me. Willy Dunne Wooters accidentally stepped on them and broke them. I had a hell of a time getting the Wooters man off the floor and treating his injuries. I want the world to buy new doggy steps, pay WDW for pain and suffering, pay me for taking care of him, and then give me money so I can take a nice vacation. I still haven't been to England, and I majored in English. Makes no sense. Money makes the world go round.

    Love,
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    1. Wow, I think we just got schooled in the art of GoFundMe. All of this is brilliant. Why have you not started your own $100,000 GoFundMe? I'd pitch in immediately. Franklin needs doggy steps!

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    2. Well, of course he does. And I'd like some Jimmy Choos to wear in England. I might have to cut off the heel, though.

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  37. Kickstarters sound great, I could do with a few extra quan, a nice new merc, rolex and a beachouse to throw parties in.

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    1. A beachhouse - why didn't we think of that? That would be a great item to expense as writers.

      "Please, friends, we need you to help crowdfund our beachhouse, which will forever serve as a muse to anything we write. Just think of how much more productive we'll be writing with the sand in our toes. Anyone who's ever read any of our work practically owes it to us to buy this for us."

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  38. GoFundMe has become digital begging. Don't get me wrong, I will contribute FREQUENTLY, but I get frustrated with the crazy stuff, too. Really, people!

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    1. Exactly - the people. I mean, it's not GoFundMe's fault. It's the users' fault for exploiting it. And now I'm just a skeptical asshole because of all of the lazy beggars who are ruining it for the people that legitimately need it.

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  39. I had an old coworker make one and he kept complaining when nobody would donate on FB. I remember him bragging about all the expensive stuff he'd get (TV, video games, etc,) when he'd get some money and then try to sell it later when he didn't have any money. He's also had like 20 jobs in the last five years because he can't keep one.

    He wanted it for a washer and dryer. Doesn't make me feel sympathetic.

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    1. But how's he going to get that new job of the week if he can't properly launder his tuxedo t-shirt and camo cargo pants for the interview?

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  40. And if anyone ones to donate to such causes I have a bridge I will sell them at dirt cheap.

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    1. Crap! I probably can't afford it. Guess we have to start another GoFundMe.

      "Please help us realize our dream of owning the Brooklyn Bridge."

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  41. I'd like a beach house, a mountain cabin, and a city condo. Surely someone would go fund me, right? Some people have big ones. And I don't mean houses, cabins or condos.

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  42. That is a great page! I have a relative who doesn't do crowdfunding exactly (although she did once send me a message about her friend's crowdfunding page for his divorce and custody battle), but is CONSTANTLY hitting me up for buying something - tupperware, jewelry, makeup, shakes, etc. I'm sorry, but if your business plan must involve mooching off your friends and family to get sales, GET ANOTHER BUSINESS.

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    1. This is why I don't tell people I have money. I mean, I don't have money... But I don't tell people I have money either.

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  43. I'm so sorry you had to kill Bryan, he seemed like a good egg :(

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    1. Actually he was. And that's exactly how his head cracked open, too...

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  44. My goodness, your GoFundMe account is so professional! I wa so tempted. Lucky for me I took internet speed reading for duh-hummies. I would not have been able to send funds covering a Disney wedding. Surely a nice pair of sparkly boxers would be nice... the amount is good for me. You?

    By the way - just a thought: Add some salad to that spaghetti picture. It'll look more realistic. Who do you know that eats spaghetti without a side salad?

    Postscript: Does this mean Bryan won't be writing as much as before?

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    1. Diamond studded boxers... okay, the total comes to $5,000. We'll take check or card.

      And we tried to find salad in that homeless guy, but there was just spaghetti. And some haggis. Yuck, haggis. No salad though.

      Oh, and of course Bryan's still going to write. He'll probably write more than before. After all, he's always wanted to be a ghostwriter.

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  45. Oh for fuck's sake. I want a newer Mustang, so the public should support me. Wah!

    And always happy to get your books.

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    1. I know your pain, RK. The newer model has heated seats, cooled seats, AND Sync? My Mustang is practically useless. Guess we'll have to add that to the new GoFundMe total.

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  46. In regards to your comment about being able to fund anything, especially at GoFundMe, a little correction is in order.

    You've probably read about the state of Oregon slapping a now closed bakery with a $135K fine for "discrimination". Anyways, someone started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help them pay the fine. Less than a week a later, GoFundMe decided to stop the campaign due to some supposed "rules" violation, although some people thing that gay activists put pressure on them to stop the fundraising.

    So while you can raise money for almost anything, apparently it has to be something that is politically correct (i.e. Christian bashing for example).

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    1. If it's any consolation, they also won't let you raise funds for suicide machines. A terrible, terrible punk band wanted to raise funds to kill their drummer live on stage... but GoFundMe pulled it.

      http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/rftmusic/2015/02/st_louis_punk_band_raising_money_in_order_to_have_drummer_killed.php

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  47. I'm not bothered that people ask for money for weird things, but if they actually make their goals for the weird things than that might concern me. I saw one campaign from someone I know who was asking for $2000 to fund his short film. He did reach his goal but when I looked $1500 came from his parents. Next I guess some people will be funding their kids's birthday presents --or probably that's already happened.

    Nobody helped me fund our house or my stupid college degree when I went back to finally get it. I really need to find some personal cause to get funded. I wonder if people would help me fund my upcoming vacation. Maybe I better go start working on a good pitch.

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    1. Actually, it's already happening. When browsing GoFundMes to see tacky examples, there was a suburban family that was raising $600 for their 10 year old kid to get a bat. A baseball bat. One like this. And it wasn't even his birthday.

      This thing had better be made of solid gold for this price.

      He got every penny, btw.

      Maybe Santa would have brought me better presents when I was a kid, if GoFundMe had been around.

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  48. Haha! Nice GoFundMe page! Hopefully the police won't come knocking at your door wondering if you really did kill Brian! ;0)

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  49. Actually, first there was the Marillion North America Tour Fund Marillion have been using their fan base to finance their recording process since 1999, and they deliver! Quite frankly, many of the bands that use Kickstarter have no concept of business, customer service, etc-I have had several projects where they deliver the CD a year after they said they would, but treat the pledgers asking for an update like an annoyance.

    As a result, I am less enchanted with crowd-funding than I used to be.

    (http://discconnected.blogspot.com/2013/07/marillion-forefathers-of-crowd-funding.html)

    I just got back from the Marillion Weekend in Montreal so I felt compelled to give the band a plug.

    To your post, I have noticed a lot of spam e-mail that fits under your post-basically an online "will work for food" sign. I also seem to get emails for all these petitions for causes I have no knowledge of or interest in.

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    1. Wow, I had no idea Marillion was so groundbreaking with crowdfunding. That's awesome, especially in that they know how to treat their fans.

      It's true, and we both know exactly what you're talking about - we've each pledged for several bands on Kickstarter, and some of them just treat you like complete crap. Give you no updates, won't answer your questions, and take forever to deliver what they promised. I understand quality takes time, but at a certain point, you start to wonder if you've been ripped off. Kickstarter has pretty lax rules on enforcing when gifts get delivered to pledgers, after all, so even if they promised one month they can still take over a year and get away with it.

      Side note, this is why I refuse to look up or learn about the political, religious, or sexual views of my favorite bands. I'd rather enjoy their music untainted, without the possibility of knowing they might be huge dickbags in person.

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  50. Didn't Walter White Jr. start some kind of crowdfunding project for his dad, when he secretly had millions stashed away? His intentions were good, though it's often difficult to detect the scammers. On the other hand, it wasn't difficult to tell in the examples you shared here. Let's hope it doesn't happen to any of us.

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    1. The sad thing is, I don't think these people are scammers. I just think that people are a lot more selfish than we'd like to think. They genuinely think they're charity cases, when really, asking for a Hawaiian getaway or a Disney princess wedding is hardly a case for charity.

      "I have to get married like a normal person and take out loans or pay only what I can afford - boo hoo!"

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  51. I don't get into the whole crowdfunding thing. Sure, it's good for those who can't get loans, or need a hand with a business or project, but I still won't give to them. I'm more of a charity giver, and when catastrophe hits. I'd give to the people of Nepal than a business or person to kickstart their careers. Since I'm an author, I guess that sounds bad, but I struggle with money myself. I gotta do good where I feel it's needed.

    And that example you showed is so very sad. There are too many people out there I don't trust, so I can't see myself coughing up even a few bucks for someone I don't know. These crowdfunding places are greed breeding grounds.

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    1. Depending on what it's for, we're happy to donate to a Kickstarter. Sometimes it's not so much a loan, as it is paying for things up front. Like, if it costs a musician $5,000 to record an album, and he doesn't have that, he can start a Kickstarter in which people pay in advance for the album - they pledge $15, and he promises to give them the album after it's done. Enough people pledge and the artist is able to record his album. However, it's not just money being given away, because they get their album. The album they would have bought anyway. The only difference is that they pay upfront to help offset recording costs.

      Personally, I like that kind of situation. But we've got nothing against someone who doesn't crowdfund. We've only got something against people who want free money for something stupid (like the above examples) and expect to give absolutely nothing back in return.

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  52. Aaaaah yes. It seems like a good idea, but I find that some people (even some people in my social networks) take things MUCH too far.

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    1. I'm as big a fan of free money as anybody, but I just don't have enough shamelessness to beg my friends for money for something stupid using a half-assed sob story.

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  53. This was priceless, Beer Boys and that's good because I'm broke and can't donate to your GoFundMe page. Um, no, wait, I tried but the computer glitched and I think I was hacked by the Chinese or is it Russia that we're pissed at? Yeah, you're right. Thanks Obama! Now my bank accounts are empty (disregard all those payments to Amazon for things I don't need). How can I possibly think of getting rid of our fifth TV in a three person house to make ends meet? What would we use to play our XBox One games on, duh!?

    I like spaghetti too. Should I be scared?

    Oh, and you have progress on your progress bar on the GoFundMe page with zero dollars. They must do that to make you feel better about internet panhandling to keep up your incentive to continue to beg….

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    1. Now that I've lost my job and I'm dead I just spend my days playing my high end gaming PC attached to a big screen TV. I know I could scrap it for parts and sell the TV, but it's really important to me that I spend up to 8 hours per day beating hookers to death now that the new GTA V PC version is out.

      And I'm all full on spaghetti, so your intestines should be safe... FOR NOW.

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  54. Fortunately, for everyone it has taken me much longer than anticipated to get back here and comment on this post. I think I’ve actually calmed down a bit.I love the title ‘Go Fund Yourself”; how appropriate.

    When I first heard about ‘crowd funding’ in the form of Kickstarter, I kind of had mixed emotions about it. My first thoughts were that if I wanted to fund an artist with whom I was friends/ believed in/or believed in their project; wouldn’t it be best if I bought their product/attended their production/ or held their hand in some other way. This idea of a ‘hand out’ before the fac,t to get them off the ground, Humm, I’m not so sure about this. I mean what is their investment? How much of their hard earned $$$ are they putting into the project? Or am I expected to believe they are just the ‘idea man’?

    Then I went on to hear about the Amanda Palmer (Mrs. Neil Gaiman) Kickstarter scandal and I was convinced this was a real bad idea. Yeah, ‘money for nothing, and whatever you can get for free’, are you kidding me?

    Begging/Pan Handling/Scamming/ Crowd Funding it’s all about the same to me. My kindle is full of publications of my friends that I’ve purchased to help support them. I work my way through reading them and if I see any merit I write a review and post it everywhere possible (I admit I don’t like to give friends a bad review, so if I didn’t care for their work, or couldn’t finish it; I simply, say nothing). This is my idea of ‘crowd funding’. You put in the blood, sweat, and tears; I’ll take the chance and buy your product, but that whole something for nothing, no way.

    This probably comes from the fact that I’m a natural born skeptic and have never had much more than two nickels to rub together, and yet I’ve managed to travel, keep a roof over my head, and have a pretty good life. Did I work hard to do it? You betcha! I’m just not willing to make that kind of sacrifice so someone can have a ‘Disney Princess Wedding’ or publish their WIP. If they need a kidney, I'll reconsider, but until then...

    Somewhere in the last year a ‘writer blogger’ who I had seen out and about in the blogoverse, but who had never graced my door, suddenly shows up at my blog. He merrily clicked the FOLLOW button at my site and left a nice but innocuous comment after which he invited me to his site to view some ‘exciting news’. Well, his exciting news was that he has started a Kickstarter Campaign to fund it 250,000 word fantasy novel written in the style of JRR and wouldn’t I just love to support him and give, Give, GIVE until it hurts. I left there as quick as I could thinking…DUDE, MY GUESS IS THAT YOU’VE BEEN WORKING ON THESE 250,000 GLORIOUS WORDS FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND YOU’RE SHOWING ME THAT YOU’RE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO VISIT ME, SAY…SIX MONTHS AGO, AND START FOLLOWING ME AND SINGING MY PRAISES, B-E-F-O-R-E YOU SHOW UP, INVITE ME OVER, AND ASK FOR $$$. Well, I’m one dumb blonde, but not THAT dumb.

    Yeah, for my money; ‘Go Fund Yourself and the Horse that You Rode in On’!

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    1. Great comment, FAE! We only wish you could have said it sooner!

      Oh yes, the Amanda Palmer thing made both of us furious. Not just that she got over a million dollars and spent it on personal stuff, but that when she went on tour she wanted to hire "aspiring musicians" to play for her without paying them a penny. What a greedy bitch, especially for someone who had always come across as "I'm just doing this for the art."

      As I mentioned to a few people above, I understand why some people need Kickstarter, and I don't mind. Like I said to L.C. with musicians, I know firsthand that recording costs are very expensive, and I don't think asking for $5,000 in recording costs via Kickstarter and just rewarding pledgers with your album is a bad idea. Basically, you front production costs with the sales you would have made anyway, rather than taking out a loan.

      What I don't understand, like you said, are the writers that say shit like, "I need $20,000 to write a 250,000 word fantasy novel." Tell me, why the hell do you need money to WRITE a book? And even if it's for a cover, marketing, a website, the whole nine yards, I can tell you as a professional author that that is NOT worth $20,000. Nor is it $10,000. Or even $5,000.

      BTW, we know exactly who you're talking about. He came over, followed, then dropped that same spam-ass comment he left everyone else. It was promptly deleted, and he never came back. I support friends, not spammy asshats.

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  55. You guys did a successful Kickstarter!

    I searched your blog and found the link. Great video. You two truly are cutting edge because you did it back in 2012 and Kickstarter was barely three years old at that time! I wish I knew about your blog back then!

    I cannot believe they made a lame rip-off crowdfunding site called GoFundMe. What a totally pointless reboot of a classic. I think Kickstarter is the only true crowd funding site. I think it is great because it allows prospective customers to vet the product and let the market determine if the project succeeds. True survival of the fittest. I think it promotes quality and innovation-- evolution of products. I've seen some amazing stuff come out of Kickstarter!

    Well, like you guys, I'm totally up for the challenge. If you have visited the Rapt Interactive website you will have noticed that there is a link to our blank Kickstarter page. This is because a while ago when we were first designing the concept and levels of our current game, my team and I knew our vision was too epic to do entirely with a small team. So we decided we would do a Kickstarter in May 2015 to help get funds to hire help.

    I will probably hire graduates from the classes I taught at a nearby college to help model the rest of the levels and maybe get an additional programmer or even someone for music if we reach our stretch goals... again, this kind of thing is great for the market by giving jobs to local skilled workers.

    However, a Kickstarter campaign is epic and I'm further down the rabbit hole than just a May deadline within my team! LOL! I've agreed to make a speech at a Science and Design school about crowd funding a game design!

    That speech is on May 28th, and we aim to have our campaign up by mid to late May so that I can use it in my presentation. This is important knowledge for students to learn about the opportunities out there and how to network with online resources. This is how the 21st Century economy works.

    Luckily, my team and I have been working hard and are in good shape. We have a lot of content for the Kickstarter page, we just have to add a little, clean it up and lay it out. We also want to get a pre-alpha of the game up but only if it is really good. I don't want to put up anything but top-notch so if we get a pre-alpha up on our campaign it won't be until at least early June. We have been working too hard to release anything but top-notch in the end, and that is why we need a bigger team to get there. So we will see where May takes us...

    Oh... and I see mobility scooter girl is as bad at Wheel of Fortune as she is at dating.

    BTW, Very clever Wheel of Fortune puzzle.

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    1. Ha! Good eye on mobility scooter girl.

      We were introduced to Kickstarter early by a guy who worked for Google. He actually ended up being a little skeezy and wanted us to make a Kickstarter with him for some kind of computer game. But the focus wasn't on the game, he kept saying about how he wanted to see if we could make some money. Very half assed, very money centric. We decided to go ahead and do a very small Kickstarter of our own for our zombie novel to get a professional painted cover and to help with marketing, and it proved a huge success. I don't think we'll ever run another one, because we don't want people to think we're beggars, but it really helped the book's appearance, marketing exceeded expectations, and it was just cool to know that we could pull it off.

      I have seen your page, and I have seen that a Kickstarter is slated. Neither of us are very well off but when it goes live we're happy to pitch in.

      BTW, is that speech of yours getting recorded? That would be something awesome to put up on Youtube and share via your blog.

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    2. Hey guys, I only want you to buy if the game is a product you want. I believe that the market dictates the value and that is the beauty of Kickstarter! And I do not think it is begging because these campaigns are a lot of work. I am sure you guys know because writing a book is a tremendous project! Bravo to you for your success!

      That is a great idea to record my presentation. I am interested in getting videos of me and the team up for our Kickstarter. I think that makes the campaign more personal and lets potential backers "meet" the creators. Your video was awesome!

      Unfortunately, I will not know anyone at the SPARK conference where I make the speech but I will see what I can do.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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  56. That was indeed an interesting read about funding. But seriously, why would anyone need funding to write a book? That's absurd. It's like asking for money to help compose a song. If you write your book and it's good enough, the rest will be history. Funding for a good cause is great I think, but definitely not for writing a novel, or those other things you mentioned...Island vacations? Seriously!!

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    1. Yeah, right? You just don't see that with any other passion project.

      "Please give me $15,000 so that I can somehow find the inspiration to paint a masterpiece."

      How about... just do it?

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  57. Funding for a good worthwhile cause should be encouraged but asking money for frivolous reasons should be ignored. If some one needs money for a heart transplant there is nothing wrong in it. But if someone wants to buy chickens it only shows that this person wants to make some quick bucks. Even in the case of heart transplant, the truth must be verified before sending the money.

    Interesting and informative post.

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    1. Yep, we're all for helping those in need, but "I need chickens because my son would like them" is hardly "in need." Sad to see how greedy some people can get when they see an outlet for free money.

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  58. $20,000 for an island vacation? You mean like going to Bora Bora?? And you're telling me now?? And I don't need to be creative? Say it ain't so.

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  59. I am going to start MicroGoFundMe, where people can donate miniscule amounts for miniscule goals. "I am trying to work my way up to a cup of coffee on the way to work, can you donate 1 cent or 2 cents, or if you donate 3 cents I will list you as a MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR and will not throw the creamer lid out the window at you as I go by."

    I can see it now. "Would you like fries with that?"

    "Hang on!" *types furiously on MicroGoFundMe, watches nervously as counter clicks up to 37 cents. "YES I WOULD."


    In all seriousness, I had considered using something like this to raise money to help get Mr F a safety dog, defraying the $25,000 cost. But I make a pretty good living and I figured that there are people out there more deserving than me. These sites can help a lot -- I used to support some special needs' twins who were born about the same time as ours, and they used that kind of site to get a handicapped-accessible van, and then build a handicapped-accessible playground.

    Really, the fact that a**holes use sites like this to fund island vacations is no different than the fact that we live in a society that allows someone to own a private island while other people are living out of their station wagons. We live in a country where we celebrate freedom, and somehow the people who use that freedom to be complete douchebags end up being heroes.

    I wish Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would be elected co-president.

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    1. I know you're just joking but there is actually a site called ChangeTip that lets you donate or tip people in microtransactions. So you can say, "Here, I'm gonna buy you a cup of coffee," and then send them 75 cents... because I said a cup of coffee, jackass, not a fancy Starbucks frappuccino with low fat almond milk.

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  60. I would love to say I was ignorant of the ridiculous crowd funding ideas people have, but I've had a friend make one that was completely self-serving. There are so many that have been formed, some by people I know, asking for support for things everyone has to pay for. There are some I'm willing to support, and quite a few I'm not. The things people ask for shock me. Where did the sense of entitlement come from?

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  61. I can't imagine asking for something like a wedding or a vacation or a new car. What the hell is wrong with people? When I was living in SC and barely getting by, my blogging friends helped me out with some donations and I used that to get my meds, doctor co-pays etc. while waiting for my disability. The difference was that I didn't ask for it. I mentioned I put up a donate link and that was it. I was pretty desperate too. GoFundMe is a great tool for life/death situations that are financially insurmountable. That's all it should be for. Crazy!

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