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Chris pictured at his "Work Room" in January 2016

Chris launched an online business in June 2014, selling custom arts and crafts through eBay. A year later, he moved shop to Etsy, under a brand titled "Cwcville Shopping." He also began selling printed copies of Sonichu on Lulu.

Chris held a steady stream of customers, despite issues with production and sending orders on time. For a while, he had achieved his dream of selling his own Sonichu merchandise, and was making plenty of money.

However, exactly two years and one week after the start of his business, on 8 June 2016, Chris's infamous laziness got the better of him, and he was banned from Etsy for ignoring orders over a span of months beginning from when he bought a PS4.

Chris failed to take responsibility for the self-inflicted failure of his business. Instead, he cast blame on Lulu.com's staff for calling Sonichu fan-fiction and banning his account, even making assault threats against them, as well as blaming the trolls who had reported his account for violating Lulu's rules.

Ebay

Main article: eBay

On 1 June 2014, Chris began cashing in on his Internet infamy, by offering custom artwork for sale. He later expanded his sales to include autographed photos, medallions, and custom Amiibos.

Etsy

Main article: Etsy

On 2 September 2015, Chris relocated his online business to Etsy. He continued the same offerings from Ebay and added a donation listing for the continuation of the Sonichu series. Days later, on 5 September, a YouTuber named DStecks donated $1,000, thinking that Chris would deliver 100 pages of Sonichu. Instead, Chris completed 16 pages before dropping the project. This move remains controversial with Christorians, as while some believe that he honestly wanted Sonichu 11 to continue, others argue that this weenish move validated begging in Chris's eyes, as seen with the influx of begging videos in the Financhu Crisis. In addition to DStecks, dozens of fans had also donated. Chris simply claimed that he was too stressed to continue Sonichu 11[1].

However, Chris still had passion for making custom Amiibos for several months afterwards. He wasted hundreds of dollars buying up Amiibos on Ebay, thinking that the market for his custom figures would sustain itself indefinitely. This was not the case. and Chris eventually grew apathetic and bored with earning his own money.

To complicate things, in March 2016, Chris purchased a PS4. The new life upgrade proved too distracting, and he ignored Etsy orders, often for months. Ultimately, Etsy took notice and banned his store from doing business.

Lulu

Main article: Lulu

In September 2015, Chris began selling printed copies of the Sonichu comic on Lulu.com[2], as well as offering autographed versions through Etsy (by ordering the comics from Lulu, signing them, then shipping to the buyers).

In December 2015, Chris was banned from Lulu for selling fan fiction[3]. In true Chris fashion, he responded by threatening Lulu’s executives with physical violence[4], despite the fact that he was on probation for an act of violence against a GameStop employee.

Chris was able to continue selling comics in January 2016[5]. It’s likely that he simply rejoined Lulu under an alternate account.

Zazzle

In November 2015, Chris announced that he would be setting up a shop on Zazzle.com[6]. He mentioned it again half a year later, in June 2016[7].

He has yet to finish opening a shop there.

It’s unknown why Chris is dragging his feet on making a Zazzle store. All he would have to do is take some Sonichu drawings and upload them. There are no startup costs. Zazzle takes care of manufacturing and shipping.

In 2015, Chris was willing to drive hundreds of miles through Virginia just to buy parts for Amiibos to sell on Etsy[8]. In 2016, he couldn’t even be bothered to move the mouse on his computer a few times to earn some money from Sonichu.

Main article: Paid Video Requests

In December 2015, the singularity happened. On Etsy, Chris offered to create a personalized video message for anyone who paid $50. Many of his fans took him up on the offer, thinking they could become a part of Christory by simply handing their money over to him. He received four sales within the first three days[9], although those customers opted for their videos to be unlisted. A few people also chose public videos for their birthday shoutouts.[10][11][12].

After losing his Etsy shop, Chris continued offering video requests through text messages[13].

The videos Chris delivers are characterized by:

  • Laziness. He has often been late on delivering, missing deadlines for birthday greetings, despite having an abundance of free time.[14][15]
  • Sloppiness. Chris chooses not to edit his takes or look presentable. He has delivered a video featuring an upskirt shot of his maxipad.[16]
  • Explicitly stating that the content is boring. In many videos, Chris has mentioned his low opinion of his customers, saying things like, "Eh, whatever," and "Wow, that's crazy, that's jus'... I feel like... it's weird. Whatever," while rolling his eyes.[17][18]
  • Filling up paid content time with drivel or off-topic rambling[19][20], despite the fact that his videos are advertised as "around a minute in length, on average, but can be longer in time length."[21]

In spite of these issues, he has a continuing stream of customers. One, a Kiwi Farms user named Vanillacone, summed up the mindset of the lot with his review of the $50 paid video he ordered from Chris (which consisted of him being late, babbling to fill up time, failing to spell the recipient's name correctly and delivering a video 39 seconds long out of the minimum one minute):

To be honest, I got what I expected out of the video, and money well spent in my opinion.

Sonichu Entertainment of America

In May 2016, Chris displayed a level of financial ignorance that shatters any hope of him ever becoming competent with money. Days after begging for donations to assist his ailing household, he announced that he would be starting his own business, with the declaration that each employee's salary would be 25% of the profit. Naturally, Chris completely fails to realize that under these conditions, he would have no money at all if he had four or more employees. However, that's just the tip of the iceberg; days later, he uploaded a video attempting to go into business with Sega to create official Sonichu products. In the video, he demands a six-figure salary, along with full insurance benefits and maternity leave. These incidents seem to indicate Chris's belief that money comes out of nowhere and is unlimited in value.

Skylanders custom merchandise

On 24 November 2016, Chris asked his audience to watch a clip of him playing Skylanders, by uploading CWC vs Koas, in order to promote the idea of selling his in-game figure to them using the game's Skylanders Creation app.

He would charge "$20 extra" for his autograph. He also said, "I am not sharing my creation app chirp," since this would allow people to order directly from Skylanders and cut off Chris's goal of profiting from his self-image [22].

On 12 January 2017, Chris uploaded Skylanders Imaginators Leader Christine W Chandler: random Review N' Stuff as a half-hour advertisement video. He showed off multiple Skylanders products he had ordered, totaling at least $90.

Patreon

Main article: Patreon

Chris joined on 30 November 2016, after Barb had to pawn a necklace, which she had to sell at a significant loss for $325, to pay debts/bills.

Patreon has extremely liberal definitions for fundraising goals and does not impose consequences on creators who fail to deliver,[23], making this yet another platform for Chris to get paid without doing work, much like his current Support button on YouTube.

References

  1. February 2016 Facebook Posts#Bleeding Autism
  2. September 2015 Facebook Posts#Now Chris is on Lulu
  3. December 2015 Facebook Posts#Lulu Account Suspended
  4. December 2015 Facebook Posts#Threatening Lulu's Executives
  5. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/1-13-new-book-listing.16419/#post-1207002M
  6. Thank You, Jeff, and I accept your apology.
  7. Cwcville Shopping is on Vacation
  8. Group Embargo on GameStop, Best Buy, and Simon Shopping Centers
  9. File:Etsy unlisted videos.jpg
  10. Happy Birthday Tom
  11. Happy Birthday, Martin.
  12. Happy Birthday, Jonathan
  13. Update 20160718
  14. Happy Birthday, Martin.
  15. Happy Birthday Tom
  16. Paid Video Requests#Singing "Yellow Submarine"
  17. Paid Video Requests#Copypasta: Sexual Helicopter
  18. Paid Video Requests#Copypasta: Gorilla Warfare
  19. September 2016 Paid Video Requests#Paid Message to the Trolls
  20. Happy Birthday Tom
  21. Etsy#Custom, Birthday, Holiday, or General, Greeting Video featuring Christine Weston Chandler
  22. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/11-24-cwc-vs-koas.26067/#post-1900190
  23. [[1]]
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