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Livingonhopex Fri 12-May-17 23:34:29

Long term lurker, NC.
With today's current economic climate, would you donate a tiny amount to a crowd fund which specifically was aiming to raise funds for a deposit for a flat? Small amount, high volume type raiser?

I feel like I'm smacking my head off a brick wall trying to save for a deposit and it's laughable I'm even asking this question because it's ridiculous but I'm just curious about people's opinions of this type of thing?


nottinghamgal Fri 12-May-17 23:35:57


Floggingmolly Fri 12-May-17 23:36:17

But given today's economic climate; what would set one person's needs above the rest?

Pentapus Fri 12-May-17 23:36:21

Huh? Are you bibbitybobbity's twin?

AddToBasket Fri 12-May-17 23:37:08

Mmmm. Yes, to my friends. No, to randoms.

I would take a dim view of it in an employee (begging) but perhaps other employers might think it was proactive.

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Fri 12-May-17 23:37:20

I'm getting a sense of deja vu

DailyMailReadersAreThick Fri 12-May-17 23:37:37


"Crowdfunding" is just online begging.

MrsJamesMathews Fri 12-May-17 23:38:17

OP you know Bibbity and her donors are joking, right?

Birdsgottaf1y Fri 12-May-17 23:41:06

I don't think that you'll necessarily get answers that reflect RL.

I've seen posters say that they only give to registered charities and wouldn't give to any cause on GFM.

I wouldn't give to yours, because I don't have much disposable income and tend to give to the one's for children's funerals and similar.

A friend of mine who had been Widowed with children, tried for help towards a Van, so he could work around his children, but got less than a hundred.

SparklyLeprechaun Fri 12-May-17 23:41:26

No, sorry. It ranks up there with crowd funding for your wedding /honeymoon /lifetime trip to Vietnam.

BlueSunGreenMoon Fri 12-May-17 23:42:22

Nope and I can't stand those type of requests! Once a friend of mine was having a really shit time and another friend started a go fund me to raise some money to help her out. I thought that was very kind and a nice idea and I did donate to that. But the "Please pay for my new car/house/clothes/cosmetic surgery" type ones, I hate.

Shootfirstaskquestionslater Fri 12-May-17 23:42:26

In a word No! I had no choice but to save up damn hard for my house but I managed it without begging for money off strangers on the internet.

Birdsgottaf1y Fri 12-May-17 23:43:31

"""Crowdfunding" is just online begging.""

I think the difference is that it isn't as intrusive/in your face/disrupting your day, that begging is.

OfficerVanHalen Fri 12-May-17 23:43:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Asmoto Fri 12-May-17 23:44:51

Only if I was very rich myself.

Floggingmolly Fri 12-May-17 23:45:38

It's still an attempt to extract some of your hard earned cash, birds. Why is it any more acceptable one step removed?

crazycatgal Fri 12-May-17 23:46:11


Most people need to save up deposits but don't ask people online to pay it for them. I'd rather go online and donate to a just giving charity page than fund someone's lifestyle.

pennypickle Fri 12-May-17 23:50:34

No! Buy your own home the same as everyone else has to. I can't believe the crappy things people beg for on fundraising pages these days.

The past week I have had requests from "Friends" 1. To buy a PA system so their 11 year old DC can do gigs, plus cover the parents petrol costs...2. To raise funds for deposit on a house.... 3. A dance school begging for money to kit their fee paying students out with "Competition Costumes" and 4. To raise funds for a 2 year old child who has a terminal illness whose life could be prolonged if he is able to go to America and pay for specialist treatment. Guess which one I contributed to??

user1489614864 Fri 12-May-17 23:53:36

No. It's begging online.

DailyMailReadersAreThick Fri 12-May-17 23:53:49

pennypickle Craziest one I saw was a group of self-published 'authors' crowdfunding an anthology. What was the money for? To pay them a "salary" while they wrote it.

I don't know why the fuck they think they deserve to be paid a wage for writing when most of the real authors with books in Waterstones still have day jobs.

I hope nobody was stupid enough to contribute.

DramaAlpaca Fri 12-May-17 23:53:58

No, absolutely not.

RainbowsAndUnicorn Fri 12-May-17 23:54:09

Not a chance, if you want to buy property then work hard and save like the rest of us.

The sense of entitlement of some is astounding.

user1489614864 Fri 12-May-17 23:54:38

I hate crowdfunding. People are using it for nonsense like 'pay for my holiday'. Pay for your own fecking holiday.

Floggingmolly Fri 12-May-17 23:54:56

Irrelevant, really; but how come all this specialist treatment can only be accessed in America? Aren't British doctors trained to the same level?

Fluffypinkpyjamas Fri 12-May-17 23:55:19


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