This post may seem harsh. It’s meant too.
We do some stuff for free, we printed t-shirts for the antifascist prisoners, both the ones we sold on here and gave to Leeds ABC to sell at benefits. We were happy to do it. When we got an email from someone organising a benefit gig in South End to raise money for the prisoners asking for a price we gave them details of a supplier to get the garments from, told them to have delivery made to us and we’d send the shirts down to them printed, for free and that’s what we did. We were happy to do it. That stuff matters.
In exactly the same way as we provide a website for the IWW to sell merch, host and maintain Leeds ABC site and are helping the Hereford Heckler by hosting and maintaining a site for them. This stuff matters. It’s socially useful, none of these people we’ve helped are doing what they do for themselves. They’re providing their time and money to do something important for their communities, for prisoners, generally doing what they can to make the world a better place. We like them and we like helping them. If you’re reading this and you’re involved in something similar we might be able to help with, drop us an email.
We don’t care about your band though. Sure, we’ll print t-shirts for you, we’ve printed t-shirts for lots of bands and sure, we’ll give you a good deal. We will make money from it though, it’s impossible to exist if we don’t make some money. Maybe one day soon we can march on the town halls and record offices of this land, burn all property deeds, declare all property common and abolish money.
Until then we have to make a living. Until then you’re not going to get a polite answer from us if you tell us you want 50 t-shirts for a band you’re managing but you’re not sure if you can sell them so can you have them for less than the price of the blank t-shirt and a credit on the album.
We have sympathy with fact that there’s a risk you might be out of pocket if your project doesn’t go as planned but we’re not going to fund it for you because the only people who benefit from your success should you achieve any are you. We have no sympathy with the fact that can easily afford to fund your project but would rather we lost money and not you. This makes us quite angry in fact.
Really, we don’t care about your band. Please stop emailing and phoning us.