Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer entrepreneurial individuals and established business alike an opportunity to raise money from the public. This week’s MakeUseOf Poll is all about your experiences of using crowdfunding websites, AKA giving your money to complete and utter strangers.
Bargain-Free Black Friday
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Bargain Did You Buy On Black Friday?”
Out of a total of 437 votes, 52.4% chose I Didn’t Buy Anything On Black Friday, 21.3% chose Other, 6.4% chose A New Tablet, 4.4% chose A New TV, 3.9% chose A New Speaker or Headphones, 3.7% chose A New Computer, 2.8% chose A New Smartphone, 2.8% chose A New Games Console, 1.4% chose A New Printer, and 1.1% chose A New Camera.
This is an interesting result, as it suggests an almost-50/50 split between those who went shopping for a bargain on Black Friday and those who instead chose to stay home. The main reason given for not going out on Black Friday was the distinct lack of bargains on offer.
Among those who did grab a bargain on Black Friday, tablets and TVs were popular choices, while printers and cameras were less popular choices. This shouldn’t come as any great surprise, with tablets hot right now, and TVs being the traditional big-ticket item bought on Black Friday.
Comment Of The Week
Ever since they destroyed the family holiday with opening on Thanksgiving afternoon, I avoid spending my money on that weekend. There are things money can’t buy.
We chose this comment because it says it all, really. While we all like getting a good bargain from time to time, and most of us covet the latest and greatest gadgets, if shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend means spending less time with your family and friends you have to ask yourself what’s more important.
Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular method for raising funds for new products or creative ventures. It isn’t just individual inventors using crowdfunding to reach into people’s pockets either, with established companies also seeing the potential.
As an example of this increasing popularity, Sony recently admitted to determining the level of interest for a new e-paper watch by anonymously bunging it onto a Japanese crowdfunding site.
Regardless of who and what you funded, or whether you found the experience a positive or a negative one, we want to know all about your crowdfunding capers. Simply choose the most appropriate answer in the poll below before taking to the comments section to fill us in on the details.
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way. Either recount your personal experience of using a crowdfunding site — whether good or bad — or tell us why you haven’t yet contributed to a creative project. The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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