Crowdfunding the wrong way:
This is all about working off “best case scenario” predictions and avoiding any personal financial risk. This type of money grab is rife in the firearms community lately since sites like Kickstarter started to become popular. People hear stories about how someone made a prototype for a little widget up, and got $900k on crowdfunding websites. Customers start basically throwing money at the “inventor” because they wanted the product so bad. It was only a matter of time before this turned into people who want handouts for something they are “going to do” (which, spoiler alert is usually regular shit but they think they are special). Enter companies like Riverside Tactical Sales & Training… a company which was bold enough to email me about their new GoFundMe campaign. I always have an open mind when it comes to emails about this type of thing, because sometimes what is on the other end of the link is pretty cool… not this time.
From the campaign:
After researching and applying for several options to fund a brick and mortar retail storefront and custom shop, we have found that the amount of resistance to this highly misunderstood and inappropriately tabooed industry is simply incredible. We have been denied by lenders, merchant card processors and even building owners strictly due to the Constitutionally protected nature of our business.
Waaaaaahhhhh welcome to the club. To summarize, Riverside Tactical Sales & Training wants $80,000 to open a bricks & mortar store. They have invested a WHOLE $40,000 of personal money and two years worth of part-time work into their business guys, so give them a break. They are REALLY trying hard and need your support *eye roll*. The main guy (beggar) Daniel Hauer even still works as a public servant for the state of California, and they have 4 kids. *tactical violin sounds for the working man*.
Why does one need a Cerakoting shop (which they already have) in their community? I can overnight mail my guns to any FFL who does Cerakote for a few bucks. They want to start a “training company”… so start one. You don’t don’t need a bricks & mortar to do that… you can book a range and have instructors and students show up. Cory & Erika did that, even with Cory’s 11B habits from the sandbox and Erika not initially knowing how to shoot. What makes Riverside Tactical qualified to teach people anything or provide “security consulting”? Are the planning on hiring more people to train / consult? Who knows… take their word for it though and give them money. haha
Tons of other people, myself included have grown companies organically. That’s how it should work. Take calculated risks, create your own success, reap the rewards.
Crowdfunding this type of thing is absolute pure laziness looking for a handout. Even the “reward levels” are laughable. Oh so if I donate $10K I get my name on a banner on opening day? $5000 and I get wholesale prices for one whole year? $1000 and I get a firearm Cerakoted and grip or frame stippling? LOL my sides… this is too good.
Thoughts? You into spending your hard earned money, funding other people’s risk when they aren’t even confident enough to invest their own time and money to grow it?
I’ll continue to invest in myself.