it's funny the same people who mock my viewers as "fanboys" and "emo kids" are now coming back to protect them from my "new website".
First it was "oh they are just a bunch of idiot kids who watch Mike's videos", and now it's "Ohh the poor, sweet innocent children who watch Mike's videos! those poor wittle buh buh buh babies"
Let me explain the psychology behind TechPB-
1) I swear in my videos, to purposely turn off "parents" from watching them
2) This leaves with me the direct decision makers, as in people who are making their own money, and have the power to spend their own money
3) Most people who are WORKING, are over 18 and have the ability to spend their own money
People always throw the "the poor innocent children of paintball" attack at me and I just laugh.
You have to be 18 to use my site. And not just like a "porn site" where you have to click a box that says "Yes I'm over 18", you also have to have a paypal account (which you also need to 18 to have). If Paypal can't stop underage people from creating accounts, how am I going to do? Start asking for drivers licenses? Fingerprints? Start doing background checks and credit checks of all the people who visit the site?
There is NO LAW that says you have to be 18 to use a "pay per bid" or "penny bid" website, it was an internal decision by me, to make the site 18 and up. I could make the minimum age 10 years old with no consequence. The "litmus test" is having a paypal account. You can't do anything on Markerbids without one. This is why we stopping giving away free bids and forced people to purchase a bid pack in order to verify that they have a paypal account. And if they have a paypal account (and Paypal requires you to be 18), that's good enough for me.
If you want to consider it gambling, that's fine. I'll sleep very well at night running a legitimate gambling website. I've spelled it all out in the "how it works" which is required to read before signing up, and I've even gone into great detail showing how the site works, the risks associated with using it, and have even created a forum where people can ask questions. How many pay-per-bid sites have a public forum?
Yes it's profitable, if it wasn't profitable I would close the business down. I've spent probably $20,000 in ebay fees over the past 3 to 4 years, selling my items used for TechPB on Ebay. How come no one is coming to bat for me and my $20,000 in Ebay fees?
We all concerned about some 16 year old losing $10 on my site, but no one seems to care about the $20,000 I lost selling items on Ebay while making videos?
Everyone laughed when I told them my goals for my site and my community. It was the joke of the year in 2008 when I laid out my vision.
I don't hear anyone laughing now
This post has been edited by Mike Phillips: 14 February 2011 - 07:58 AM