I have a question about the ethical limits of sites like gofundme and kickstarter. A friend saved up for years, recent years, to get a hammered dulcimer built to her specifications. She now finds herself in need of cash and is trying to sell this instrument, but couldn't she apply to a fundraiser site retroactively?
Really anyone who has been in debt understands robbing Peter to pay Paul, and we should understand coming into possession of an instrument that we need but can't really afford. Can we fix this?
This is not a small amount of money, by the way. Her cost was $5600, made up in years of savings and payments. Can crowdfunding work toward something that's already been worked and paid for?