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(Player Effort)   Millionaire, and one of the "most powerful women entrepreneurs" according to CNN, is abusing Kickstarter to raise money to send her 9 year old daughter to camp   (playereffort.com) divider line 245
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2013-03-24 10:11:41 AM
She knows that a fool and his money are soon parted. The lack of integrity is hardly surprising.
 
2013-03-24 10:18:45 AM

St_Francis_P: She knows that a fool and his money are soon parted. The lack of integrity is hardly surprising.


But.... but the act of the daughter going to camp will inspire girls everywhere, placing her in the same league as Malala Yousafzai. Why do you hate empowering girls, St_Francis_P?
 
2013-03-24 10:20:23 AM
scam artists on kickstarter?

I'm shocked!
 
2013-03-24 10:28:08 AM

Happy Hours: scam artists on kickstarter?

I'm shocked!


Indeed.  I see kickstarter on the same level as Quibids these days - which is sad, because it could be and has been great.  But every kickstart I've seen in the last few years has been someone who could afford what they're kickstarting, but puts it out there to see if idiots will buy it for them for a minimal return ($5 or less, or something like "I'll send you a thank you note" for a $5,000 pledge, for example).
 
2013-03-24 10:30:08 AM
Pffft, everybody knows that little girls are over the world are prevented from even turning their computers ON by inconsiderate, sexist, dick-joke-making oppressors at programming conventions.
 
2013-03-24 10:41:40 AM
Doesn't she know that all she had to do was post it to Fark and suckers would fall over themselves to throw money at the cause?
 
2013-03-24 10:49:39 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Happy Hours: scam artists on kickstarter?

I'm shocked!

Indeed.  I see kickstarter on the same level as Quibids these days - which is sad, because it could be and has been great.  But every kickstart I've seen in the last few years has been someone who could afford what they're kickstarting, but puts it out there to see if idiots will buy it for them for a minimal return ($5 or less, or something like "I'll send you a thank you note" for a $5,000 pledge, for example).


Kickstarter is a great idea - in theory. I actually think the people who started kickstarter probably had the best of intentions, but it was bound to attract scammers. Did Kickstarter need a kickstart to get going?

Quibids, when I first saw their commercials sounded too good to be true. So I looked into it a little bit and it just had scam written all over it. I don't believe for a second that I can get an iPad for $15.

Another commercial that really pisses me off is the one where they say "Our free GED classes are free". I'm not their target audience since I have a legit high school diploma, but it makes me wonder who the fark is paying them if their "free GED classes are free". Is there fine print? Are they free except for a bunch of fees which they don't mention in the commercial? Is it a government-funded thing? I don't know.

It's this kind of shiat that makes me trust no one. I also had Enron stock at one point too. They seemed legit. I was a fool. I eventually got a really tiny check years after the shiat hit the fan. I cashed the check, but it didn't make me feel much better.
 
2013-03-24 10:51:08 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Doesn't she know that all she had to do was post it to Fark and suckers would fall over themselves to throw money at the cause?


Wait...she's a Farker? Where do I send the money?
 
2013-03-24 10:57:07 AM

Happy Hours: Quibids, when I first saw their commercials sounded too good to be true. So I looked into it a little bit and it just had scam written all over it. I don't believe for a second that I can get an iPad for $15.


Quibids is evil and a total, unabashed scam.  You can indeed get an iPad for a winning bid of $15.  But each bid raises the price by $0.01, and each bid costs $0.60.  So, that iPad actually went for 1500x.60, or $900.00.  Plus exorbitant shipping and handling.  Each bid also extends the time of the auction by 15 seconds - so there's theoretically no end to the bidding up.  Also, Quibids uses bots to bid against the human bidders and drive up the price.  If you're stupid enough to use their "bid butler" service (keeps bidding up to a certain amount for you), the bot will swoop in and bid you up.  Using up tons of your 60-cent bids.

Yeah, those guys are evil.
 
2013-03-24 11:06:05 AM

Happy Hours: I also had Enron stock at one point too. They seemed legit. I was a fool.


I wouldn't beat yourself up over Enron too much. Very few people actually understood that the company was on an unsustainable path. Anyone who spoke up was shouted down. It was a mess.
 
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2013-03-24 11:10:06 AM

St_Francis_P: She knows that a fool and his money are soon parted. The lack of integrity is hardly surprising.


That's how you get to be a millionaire.
 
2013-03-24 11:29:23 AM

Shostie: Happy Hours: I also had Enron stock at one point too. They seemed legit. I was a fool.

I wouldn't beat yourself up over Enron too much. Very few people actually understood that the company was on an unsustainable path. Anyone who spoke up was shouted down. It was a mess.


Yeah - it seemed like a good idea to invest in them at the time, but it's just part of the utter destruction of trust that I've built up over the years.

I could probably write an entire book about how my trust has been destroyed - everything from cheating girlfriends and gold diggers to dishonest companies.

Hmm....I wonder if I could get someone on Kickstarter to finance this book.
 
2013-03-24 12:13:50 PM
Where is the Kickstarter for her brothers? I think they need some encouragement.
 
2013-03-24 12:15:36 PM

ThunderPelvis: Pffft, everybody knows that little girls are over the world are prevented from even turning their computers ON by inconsiderate, sexist, dick-joke-making oppressors at programming conventions.


You are just dongling the bate out there to see if you get a rise, ThunderPelvis.
 
2013-03-24 12:17:40 PM
meh.
There are people on fark all the time who ask for money for some "friend" who is "sick".

If people want to give money to someone else so farking what?
 
2013-03-24 12:21:36 PM
 
2013-03-24 12:23:00 PM
Didn't some Farker just ask for money TO GO ON A JOYRIDE AROUND THE COUNTRY in return for some shiatty photos?
 
2013-03-24 12:24:37 PM

Happy Hours: I could probably write an entire book about how my trust has been destroyed - everything from cheating girlfriends and gold diggers to dishonest companies.

Hmm....I wonder if I could get someone on Kickstarter to finance this book.


I would kick in a few bucks if the stories about the cheating girlfriends were going to be sufficiently smutty.
 
2013-03-24 12:25:34 PM
i.imgur.com

I feel sorry for these boys.  The favoritism isn't just overt, its being pimped on the internet and to Ellen.
 
2013-03-24 12:45:47 PM
I'm not sure what the big stink is.  I don't care if a rich lady asks me for money to do some goofy thing with a kid of hers or whatever.  I just won't be likely to give her any.
 
2013-03-24 12:58:31 PM

gameshowhost: Didn't some Farker just ask for money TO GO ON A JOYRIDE AROUND THE COUNTRY in return for some shiatty photos?


Yeah, but I don't think that he pretended it was for some progressive cause or for some greater good, it was just so that other people would pay for him to go get farked up all over the country.
 
2013-03-24 01:17:59 PM

jake_lex: gameshowhost: Didn't some Farker just ask for money TO GO ON A JOYRIDE AROUND THE COUNTRY in return for some shiatty photos?

Yeah, but I don't think that he pretended it was for some progressive cause or for some greater good, it was just so that other people would pay for him to go get farked up all over the country.


I'm just mad because I didn't think of it first.
 
2013-03-24 01:26:48 PM
Hardly shocked. Greedy person finds another scam. She is probably running for republican senator soon.
 
2013-03-24 01:27:39 PM
A fool and their money blah, blah, blah

Kickstart is the new snake oil.
 
2013-03-24 01:30:36 PM
How is it "abusing" when that's what most of Kickstarter is anyway?
 
2013-03-24 01:31:02 PM
The stupid people in America are ready and willing to throw money at useless causes. DC is populated by them.
 
2013-03-24 01:31:35 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Doesn't she know that all she had to do was post it to Fark and suckers would fall over themselves to throw money at the cause?


Or say she wants to get Uncle Biden a Trans-Am.

/do all the little girls call him, "Uncle"?
 
2013-03-24 01:31:59 PM
Rich people don't like paying for stuff unless they absolutely have to, fishes like swimming, sky likes being blue etc...
 
2013-03-24 01:33:50 PM
Feminism is about to eat itself.
 
2013-03-24 01:34:32 PM
Over 50% of college graduates are female, so we're empowering them to do what, exactly?  Couple that with their hoo-haas and it seems we should be empowering the boys.
Plus chicks have more career options:
imgace.com
 
2013-03-24 01:34:45 PM
When that one gaming feminism awareness thing got like 905238409324 million dollars it was basically a plea to the world to do things like this. Otherwise that money is just going to be spent on some online flirt's amazon wish list anyway. Girl power!
 
2013-03-24 01:34:57 PM

YoOjo: Rich people don't like paying for stuff unless they absolutely have to, fishes like swimming, sky likes being blue etc...


FTFY.
 
2013-03-24 01:36:45 PM
How do you think she became a millionaire ? Other peoples money.
 
2013-03-24 01:36:57 PM

WhippingBoy: Feminism is about to eat itself.


Go on...
 
2013-03-24 01:37:09 PM
This is empowering to women.  Well, woman.  The one getting the money.
 
2013-03-24 01:37:18 PM

gameshowhost: Didn't some Farker just ask for money TO GO ON A JOYRIDE AROUND THE COUNTRY in return for some shiatty photos?


It would have worked if he said he was taking his daughter to boost her confidence.
 
2013-03-24 01:39:05 PM
She wants to write her own RPG, $800, Notebooks and pencils sure have gone up in price since the last time I looked

/Off my lawn git!
 
2013-03-24 01:39:17 PM
Shameless did it!
 
2013-03-24 01:40:11 PM
Finally, a young, rich white girl with a support system and an experienced business manager handling her marketing gets ahead in this male-dominated world.
 
2013-03-24 01:40:47 PM
Use the report button on the bottom of the page.
 
2013-03-24 01:40:58 PM
I say, bootstrappy indeed!
 
2013-03-24 01:41:33 PM
Hey, she's just teaching her child the gift of grifting.  You farkers should be ashamed.
 
2013-03-24 01:42:23 PM
A significant portion of wealthy people get that way by being unethical grifters?


This is new and exciting.
 
2013-03-24 01:45:35 PM
When will these idiots learn that females generally aren't interested in IT (among other industries). Video games are made to make developers money, not to serve a social cause. They're learning what happens when they make them easier and geared towards casual gamers - short term gains at the cost of long term gains.
 
2013-03-24 01:46:14 PM

Happy Hours: scam artists on kickstarter? I'm shocked!


How is it a scam?  It's scummy, but the universal expectation on Kickstarter is that you're donating, not expecting any sort of decent RoI.

The "spam" on Kickstarter is mostly throwing shiat at the wall in the hope that something will go viral just for pure entertainment purposes.  Once the fundraiser itself becomes famous, it doesn't take much to raise serious money.  In this case, the hook was trying to squeeze money from Women's Studies majors for a chance to hate on some boys who are mean because of course they're boys and all boys are mean.  Or something.  Looks like this one (unfortunately) succeeded, but I don't smell any deception per se.  It's annoying but I figure this nonsense comes part and parcel with any sort of operation like Kickstarter.

This says more about how pathetic society is in general than any flaw in Kickstarter itself.  To top it all off, this blogger only raised its exposure, making it more likely she'll rake in big $$$.
 
2013-03-24 01:46:44 PM

Tumunga: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Doesn't she know that all she had to do was post it to Fark and suckers would fall over themselves to throw money at the cause?

Or say she wants to get Uncle Biden a Trans-Am.

/do all the little girls call him, "Uncle"?


I do not remember the exact details, but that was just because.  It wasn't cloaked in the fact that it was empowering to Vice President's or something.  What this lady is doing is wrapping her child (favorite child, perhaps) in the flag of Women Empowerment an expecting everyone else to help.  Which is a wonderful message to send to her daughter.  "Don't worry, honey, mommy will not pay for this, even if she could, like right now and then some, but we'll have strangers on the internet pay for it, because your a girl!"  If she wanted to empower girls, she would start her child on the path herself and fund scholarships for others.
 
2013-03-24 01:47:26 PM
I have two problems with "RPG Game"

1) The first thing that comes to my mind is "Rocket propelled grenade"
2) RPG stands for Role Playing Game, so RPG Game is redundant. If the issue is that you would like to clarify what RPG means for those who don't know, you define the acronym in parenthesis afterwards, a la: "RPG (Role Playing Game)"
 
2013-03-24 01:47:29 PM
Susan Wilson is teaching her 9 year-old daughter to be a stripper.

"Just stand there looking cute, tell a story about struggling get educated, and people will give you money."
 
2013-03-24 01:48:07 PM

albatros183: She wants to write her own RPG, $800, Notebooks and pencils sure have gone up in price since the last time I looked

/Off my lawn git!


I wrote my own RPG years back and all I did was use a Geocities page and someone else's scanner.
 
2013-03-24 01:48:44 PM
Happy Hours:  Quibids, when I first saw their commercials sounded too good to be true. So I looked into it a little bit and it just had scam written all over it. I don't believe for a second that I can get an iPad for $15.

I actually played with Quibids a while back and did get some decent deals. I would only go for gift cards from businesses I would actually use, mostly Lowe's and American Airlines. Even after adding all wins and losses, I came out ahead by quite a bit and never had an issue redeeming the cards. The one draw back for me is, that it takes time and patience to get what you want at a decent price. That's pretty much why I stopped using it.
 
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