What do you think of how some bands these days instantly go to kickstarter to raise money?
I am ok with it if it is a pre-order deal where you are basically buying the album up front so the band can pay the cost of manufacturing. If you pay a little more and get some extras, cool. I think there is some bilking of “fans” if done other ways.
As my Dad once said, “You will appreciate your car more if you work and buy it yourself.” I feel I gained more by working to get something I want than some jerkoff whose Dad bought him a car. I like knowing my band paid for its recording because we worked hard and paid for it ourselves.