I am happy to see that some are doing it for the money anyway, it seperates them from the real people. I go broke all the time, putting out records, and making movies.
Check your privilege, son. I know I sure as shit don't have the money to be giving it away (cash, merch, or otherwise) to some wealthy businessman who whines at press conferences when his store is failing, meanwhile he's dicking over local musicians (you know, that "scene" he/you claim to support so wholeheartedly) and likely his own former employees too. I know I'd sure love to live in a half a million dollar house and face my debts in my own sweet time. Shit-talking people because they want their tens of dollars back from a rich chump who whines about having to go out and get a real job? Fuck you.