Anyway, in the spirit of transparency, I wanted to show you all where the money went:
- $226 was the total garnered from the posters being "adopted" & the one piece auctioned
- $7.50 was for packaging plus $32.75 for shipping plus $16.20 for eBay fees
- $169.65 was left, so then -
- $17 is half of the auction, after fees, that goes towards charity
- I took an extra $33 from profits to add to that $17, so $50 was supposed to go towards the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, BUT I kept having errors submitting a donation on their site and despite emailing them three times, they never replied to me, even when I offered to send a check or submit the donation through PayPal. My stepmother is a survivor and supports this cause, but the money went to another important cause.
- With $119.65 left, we come to the biggest reason we are here - paying for the domain. While I would have saved a little bit of money switching over the domain to another carrier, this site has take many years to build and it's been with Weebly since 2008. They came to a compromise with me and instead of charging me close to $90 for two years, I paid $70.32 for two years, which is about $35 a year and a bit more reasonable. This also saves me time so I would not have to rush to archive the site & start it over from scratch. This fee includes not only keeping the domain name, but not being charged extra for their design platform.
- With $49.33 leftover, I split it right down the middle, pretty much. $25 will go towards a mystery cause, which will be revealed soon.
- The $24.33 leftover I used for myself as consolation not only for not only the time spent, but appropriately since it is all about a fan page here, I got to pursue a dream I've had since being a kid and met Travis Barker of Blink182 at a local book signing! I hope this does not offend anyone, but at the same time, I still had to pull money out of my pocket to pay for the $30 book and gas to/from the event. I've never made a profit off of running this site - it's all about being a community resource and this has never been a job. I'm so glad this will keep going.