While I don't think the pumpkin leaf bag is a good idea*, the fact that it might have made someone some money doesn't make me mad. And, when it comes down to it, the cynic in me doesn't know for certain, but I suspect that the guy who thought it would be 'fun' to make orange trash bags with pumpkin faces on them probably didn't become a millionaire unless he was also the owner of the plastic bag factory. If he was just an employee, he probably got buttkus. But Bob's rage which was engendered by the sight of the orange pumpkin bag makes me think of the rage engendered in the flinty hearts of nerds everywhere upon the announcement of another kickstarter or indie-a-go-go project. Someone is making 'money' off this hobby and goddammit it makes people mad.
Don't be stupid, kids. If someone can trade in a boring 9 to 5 for working at home in their pajamas writing about goblins and elves and make ends meet, I'm not going to condemn them --- I'm going to want to congratulate them. I don't back many kickstarters (I'm more of a D.I.Y. guy), but if someone else can make a go of it, I'm actually happy for them. I don't understand why it pisses people off. When 'kickstarters' take the money and run, I can understand why people who donated get mad, but in the grand scheme of things, the malfeasance of corporations bilking the taxpayer out of billions rather than someone who is dishonest or in over their head taking individuals for tens of dollars seems more worthy of my anger.
While we are on the subject, one of the OSR bloggers I read regularly had some computer problems and asked people to chip in and help him replace it. He was completely up front about the fact that this was a 'donation.' Based on the reaction from some quarters, you would have thought he was asking people to give him infants for human sacrifice. What the fuck, people? If it matters, I gave him ten bucks. I'd buy a stranger a drink or a meal if I think they really needed it; why shouldn't I send someone who has written things I have enjoyed a couple of bucks to help them replace their computer?
The thing that I find galling about this is that the people who are complaining about the generosity of others aren't the ones giving the money --- they are complaining about money that is being given by other people.
*I don't think the pumpkin leaf bag is a good idea because you are putting something biodegradable into a plastic bag.