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I left a similar comment under the most recent site update post, but not sure if it posted.

I think this site could use a memorabilia store.  T shirts, stickers, mugs, etc. with VHScollector logo on them.  Large profit margin for site development, gives people incentive other than being nice (which is unfortunately gong to be necessary until this reaches Wikipedia level). Have "limited edition" releases.  Bring in collectors to auction off some of their stuff.  As long as it doesn't detract from the purpose of the site and you don't need to be a member to purchase stuff (there are too few active members), I think it could be easy money.

Honestly I think it's that, a kickstarter with similar incentives, or let loose the ads, cause money ain't free.

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They did an IndieGogo a few years back. They may do that again.

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My comment didnt get posted either but the gist of what I was saying is that they should do a raffle (similar to the above posted idea) of rare tapes.

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One of those artsy spool swap of common tapes that seems to be all the rage on Etsy (Halloween with an orange and black tape cartridge for instance or a slasher with white base and blood spatters).

I'm not a big fan of the memorabilia for donations idea since a lot of places require a minimum printing order of 20, and given the amount of people who use these forums I dont even think 10 would get "sold".

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Thanks for your responses guys. I used to have merchandise for sale, but as others have stated, it costs money to have those things made and I don't sell them nearly fast enough to justify the time and cost. Ultimately, I think what I'll end up doing is creating a Kickstarter and offering ad space as one of the perks for some of the higher donations. I'm going to try contacting a few distributors to work out something to get exclusive releases for perks. Another avenue is creating a Patreon account.

The new Kickstarter campaign will be different from my original GoFundMe campaign I did several years ago, which only generated around $600. It might cost an upward of $20k to build the ultimate site, something similar to blu-ray.com or discogs.com. I have a lot of things planned, but the ultimate end-goal is to have a marketplace where people can buy/sell/trade all obsolete formats.

I can see your guys comments on the news bulletin, but from my end, they only show when I'm signed into the website. Not sure why it behaves like this. I will have to look into it. But this thread is a great place to share ideas. Thanks again!

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I would definitely contribute money if you decide to build this site to have a large marketplace function ala discogs, laserdisc database, or even pricecharting.

I already sell on Amazon and Ebay (move close to 1,000 VHS a year) and I would love another venue to buy, sell, and trade tapes.  To be honest, neither site is really designed for VHS, especially for making large lots.

I suggest having a framework around Paypal as the form of currency, and have each transaction take a % of the sale (less than Ebay or Amazon but still decent like 5%), that way you would have a continual form of funding to keep the site afloat.