Les Boucher

Sanctuary Point, Australia

I reside on the South Coast of New South Wales in the St.Georges Basin area which is situated within the bounderies of the Shoalhaven. I...

The Bubble has Burst.....

I wrote the following after reading the post _*What The Hell Is RB Doing Now*- http://www.redbubble.com/people/lcretyi/journal/9910822-what-the-hell-is-rb-doing-now by Laura Retyi.

I, like many other members have become disillusioned with the path that the current management of Red Bubble have seen fit to pursue. Going by the more than 50 posts which have been added to Laura’s journal there seem to be many others who feel the same way that I do.
Anyway, here are my thoughts…..Do you feel the same or, do you agree with where RB are currently heading? I would be interested in hearing your thoughts……

This is the final straw for me. When Red Bubble first started “The company was founded in 2006 by Martin Hosking, Peter Styles and Paul Vanzella after raising $2 million in investor capital and was started up in Melbourne, Australia” where, as Maggie Hegarty so rightly points out, The Melbourne team created the friendly community that we have come to love. It became so successful that it was taken over by the big boys in the US.

Since the take over Red Bubble has been going down hill. The New Management have lost sight of why this group was originally set up. Today it is more about Red Bubble making huge profits off the works of artists rather, than the artists themselves being the focal point of the site.

As I have said in the past, both on here and in mail to Red Bubble , some change is acceptable but, change for the sake of change or to increase profits at the expense of the very artists who keep you in business is nothing short of economical and corporate suicide. Members (read artists) are leaving in their droves and at the current rate red Bubble will cease to exist unless more respect is shown to the people who contribute their work to this site.

I have been a member of Red Bubble for many years and, I am a co-host in five (5) groups and a member of approx. 100 other groups all of whom I have contributed to on a regular basis while, submitting my work over the time that I have been a member of this site. But, enough is enough. This is the latest nail in the red Bubble Coffin as far as I am concerned. I have threatened in the past to withdraw my support for red Bubble but have been drawn back by the friends that I have made during my time here. Now I will finally bite the bullet and start actively looking for somewhere else to display my work.

To all of those magnificent artists that I have met and been lucky enough to call my friends through this site, I wish you well in your future endeavours and I hope that Red Bubble Management wake up to the fact that without YOU they don’t have a business.

The vouchers were small in value but large in incentive to the member artists who contribute to the Red Bubble site through the challenges and they also helped to breath life into a site which is gasping for a much needed dose of CPR. Removing the vouches from individual groups while making pie in the sky promises of “Great Prizes” and statements such as :
QUOTE" In addition to that we will be offering a monthly challenge, through our Community Blog, where hosts and members alike will be able to participate in various ways such as nominating the challenge topics, and basically serving as challenge hosts for the entire Redbubble community. You’ll get the chance to nominate your ideas, and if we pick yours, we’ll work closely with you to plan and manage the challenge. This will include using all our promotional channels to drive attention to your challenge, offering great prizes, and potentially working with other likeminded brands as co-sponsors. (Insert PINIT here) We think this will be great fun!" UNQUOTE is, in my mind, just another attempt to ruin what USED TO BE a great site to be a member of.

To me it seems as though the current management are trying to destroy Red Bubble and I would love to know what goes on behind the scenes and through their minds when they make these hair brained decisions.

To the management I will pass on something that I learnt many years ago " When you find yourself in a hole and it starts getting deeper…….STOP DIGGING"

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