"It would be interesting if a company like Sesame Street said to people, "If we don't raise X dollars (on Kickstarter or YouTube), we won't be able to preserve our old shows. So we need you to pitch in or everything is lost.""
I'm sorry, but you obviously do not watch public television, or listen to public radio, because you just exactly described their semi-annual pledge drives.
I would love to hear what you are creating, as solo piano and piano-centric pieces tend to speak to my inner voices (the ones that make all of the noise in my head), and quiet the cacaphoney that it generates.
I am sorely disappointed in the complete lack of any "commercially" available works lately, as the large studio model does not waste money on producing anyone who cant generate a minimum bottom line of profit.
We need individual producers who have a goal of sharing there creativity with the hope that passionate fans will help support the created product. Studios only want to control front, or want nothing to do with any other business model.
Unfortunately,the law of unintended consequences would most like then come into play. Namely, the drastic impact on commerce and productivity would then label Google as evil and "too big" and would then drive the next angle of attack for the SOPA/PIPA witch hunters.
Um .... I believe that this is the exact definition of an auction, as opposed to paying the marked retail price for an item.
The price is not set but is negotiable, depending on the demand of those parties interested in purchasing the given item. The point of placing your items for sale in this way, is to try and get the maximum amount the market will bear in a given time period. Sometimes the seller gets more than they would have asked for the item. And sometimes the buyer gets a the item for below what the seller would have originally asked for the item. But throughout the transaction, the market demand is what drives the price/value of the item.
If you dislike this business model, don't sell your items at auction.