Tips to Beat the Credit Crunch #1

This cursed credit crunch is a source of some serious woe for me (“The weather’s terrible! Must be the credit crunch”; “I can’t be bothered to go for a run! Blame it on the credit crunch”; “I’m late for work! Thanks, credit crunch” etc). In these credit crunchy times, I struggle to find interesting things to eat for less than 50p on my terrifyingly small last-day-before-payday budget, and, rather than heading out to forage for wild mushrooms in Hyde Park, I find myself looking for a source of easy money. So imagine my delight when I stumbled across this little gem of a website.

Part social networking, part venture capitalism, Cameesa is an online T-shirt store with a difference. Freelancers submit their T-shirt designs to the website (nothing offensive, obscene or crap, please) and then try to find 50 supporters who are each willing to invest $20. Once these 50 fans have come forward, the artist gets $500 and the T-shirt gets printed up – not too shabby at all. And everyone who ponied up $20 gets a limited edition version of the T-shirt. Better yet, they also get a stake in the future earnings of the sale of that T-shirt. That’s not very much speculation for quite a lot of potential accumulation! You might spot the next ‘I?NY‘ t-shirt and make a mint.

So I’m rooting around down the back of the sofa, emptying out all my pockets, maybe I’ll pawn some tat lying around the house, all in order to scrape together the £10 or so I need to back one of the ace artists on the site. It’s still small and, like a Strictly Come Dancing group dance, only as strong as its members, so get involved, people!

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2 Responses to “Tips to Beat the Credit Crunch #1”

  1. Alex 26th September 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    If I ever hear Robert Peston talking on the BBC news about “these credit crunchy times” I’ll smugly know where he got the amazing phrase from!

  2. Kamil Chmielewski 26th September 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    I have been eating PB&J sandwiches all month to prepare me for the credit crunch. ha.

    No, but seriously, Flea you did an amazing job explaining our Cameesa concept. Better than I could have put it. Thanks.

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