With six of the ten contenders already arrived, the Fantastic Five Dollar Challenge is in full swing. I figured that while we waited for the remaining four tools to arrive we might as well recap the initial impressions of what is in already. I have to say, the results so far have not been overly positive, with what I consider to be three out and out failures, although forum members seem to disagree on one of them. Of the two I considered worthwhile, well, let's just say they were worth $5, but I'm not sure even a hardcore multitool and gadget junkie like me would spend more than that on them!
As part of the Fantastic Five Dollar Challenge I knowingly purchased what I assumed were fake versions of a few brand name tools. I did the same during the Two Dollar Challenge last year as well, and I think that it is important to mention that folks really shouldn't be fooled by fakes that come in what appears to be real packaging.
Some time ago we introduced Merit Badges on the forum for members who wanted to share parts of their collection or what they'd accomplished with them. Since they were introduced we have almost doubled the number of available badges, including a number of Challenge Badges. Now, we introduce another Challenge Badge, but this one has a little twist.
After ten years in operation, Multitool.org has grown into quite a monster. For years I personally funded the site out of my own pocket, but as the site grew, so did the expenses. In the old days we hosted the site for a mere $5/month, at least until we started crashing teh shared server package we were on. We were given a polite but firm shove out the door from our first host, not because they were bad people, but because we were growing out of control for what they were providing us, and when we crashed the server we took out many other websites with us!