Have you ever wanted the convenience of other people funding your personal dreams but didn’t want to leave Reddit to achieve said goals? Good news, slackers!
Reddit, in a bid to stay in the cultural conversation, has created a crowdfunding option of sorts called RedditMade. How does it work? It’s actually pretty simple: You pitch your t-shirt, sticker, hat, monster truck, whatever to the fine users of Reddit. If enough users pledge to purchase your idea, Reddit will make said idea for you (certainly there’s a profit-sharing arrangement).
According to the site, which just launched, pretty much anything can be made and the profits can go in any direction — from charitable to straight into your pocket. And no, whatever you design doesn’t have to be Reddit-themed in nature (though most are so far): it just has to appeal to Redditor purse strings. And with the, perhaps, cynical nature of the site, that might just be easier dreamed of than accomplished.
According to the Reddit “Zen Desk” FAQ section, “Right now, products other than T-shirts take a little more work. To get started, you’ll need an idea of the type of product you’d like to make and approximately how many you think people want to buy, some rough examples of artwork for your product, and an idea about where the proceeds (if any) from your campaign will go.
Most importantly, you’ll also need to be willing to work with us. We’ll connect you with sourcing partners, work with you to finalize designs, and help you step through all the other creative, legal, logistical, promotional, and financial hoops to make your campaign happen, but we can only help you as much as you’ll let us.”
And considering that most of the suggested products are junk t-shirts that no one in their right or wrong mind would fund, if you have some hip product you think would stand out from the crowd, now is the time to get on board.
Of course, considering it is the Reddit team who will be making the products, expect to get screwed over in the profit department. Remember: they will likely have to recoup their expenses for EVERYTHING before you see dime one. Maybe you’re better off making your own damn t-shirts …
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