With Kickstarter and Indiegogo still raking in the money from crowdfunded projects, it shouldn’t be a surprise that other crowd-funding sites would appear to get in on the action. However, in an unlikely move, Reddit has thrown its hat into the ring with the introduction of its new Redditmade service, according to Quibb.
With the service, users are able to sell whatever merchandise they see fit to the masses, using a storefront along the same lines as the Zazzle store. While it could be an effective tool for selling, some believe it could also be a place where less-than-favorable merchandise shows up.
Reddit explained in an announcement that it “is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the community into reality.”
“Redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you care about. It’s also a great way for others to find awesome new products they’ll love and support other redditors while knowing their information and money will always be secure,” the announcement continues.
Some of the products are actually produced by Reddit itself, including a new Reddit Secret Santa Sticker Pack that’s available for purchase (part of a $50 million investment for professional designs). The general shop, though, is open game to sellers, offering everything from the “Ebola Soup” shirt seen above (which can also be “A Bowl of Soup” for those not favoring such a controversial issue) to a “You Broke Reddit” shirt, complete with the company’s mascot on the front.
However, the service has gotten off to a very slow start, as most of Redditmade’s products show no signs of backing, probably due to most of them having a mature theme. It’s hard to say if the service will be a payoff for Reddit, or something that will eventually fade away in favor of more community-based features for the site.
One thing’s for sure — the “Ebola Soup” shirt probably won’t catch on anytime soon.