“The idea came from a friend,” Kurt Zoe, co-founder of Ship The Finger tells me. “After hearing of the Ship Your Enemies glitter service, he wanted to send something different.” So the idea for Ship The Finger was born.
“He told me that he wanted to send the finger to his dad as a joke after a football game. He told me his idea then we built the Ship The Finger website.” To be sure, the site does not want to be used to spread hate.
“It is supposed to be a joke. It’s not meant to be a threat or a way to bully,” Zoe tells me. “The main reason behind the site is novelty purposes and to hopefully put a smile on that friend’s face.” Buyers of the Finger will receive a note which states “UP YOURS” included at no extra cost.
“We also include an additional note saying, ‘This is a novelty gift and not to be taken as a true threat or fighting words,'” Zoe explains. Ship The Finger takes the online cryptocurrency Bitcoin in addition to traditional payments. Why Bitcoin?
“Bitcoin offer a lot of advantages,” Zoe tells me. “One is that Bitcoin may offer anonymity that our customers may like.” They’ve already had Bitcoin purchases, Zoe tells me. When I ask him how much hate Ship the finger has spread, he replies none.
“Only joy” he says.
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