To click or not to click, that is the question?You know you want to.
It's such a shiny red button.
Come on, press the button.
Mike, what folks are reacting to, by and large, are the most obvious side effects of a product inflation bubble and the economics attendant with the sale of 'secrets' in an environment where gossip can spread at the speed of light. The product inflation - sale of student level homework - as retail product - has its own problems. The sale of 'secrets' as product has other problems. A perfect storm of a sort which may well require adopting serious academic standards on works and greatly reduce our working literature (though likely increase our ephemera) to items worthy of being kept away from an open market.
Not that I care whether we have a new Hello Kitty
line of magic product aimed at fashion conscious young women who wish to amaze as well as practice flirting - or a new line of emo product
which offers classic tricks in goth black and subdued colors to fit in with that crowd.
Getting back to this hypothetical site which makes the already available process of getting what you want via the internet even easier via streaming content, a few suggestions:
1) Lose the 'secrets' stuff in branding/marketing.
2) Put the performance sections of video works up there for review
3) Make sure tutorial aspect of the product is correct and complete
4) Make the purchase of the tutorial aspects of the product a separate process
5) Make sure the entire cost of ownership/usage of a product is made known to the customer before starting the purchase process.
Do those things and just maybe some extant video product will survive the current storm. Maybe. The crediting/permission to use works of living inventors will likely sink many such otherwise viable products but it's still worth the effort if we don't want to revert back to direct mentorship or forward to a network of trust/reputation.
Button, button indeed. The magic market finds itself inside a Richard Matheson story.