some things i thought of....
--auctions ARE a free webcast. you don't have to buy anything to enjoy them. i watched the auction, myself, with glee, but i didn't buy anything because i was not completely in the black at the moment. however, i had a blast watching it anyway, and laughed a lot.
--someone is always going to be left out, no matter what gets sold. something will come along that someone cant afford, it's what happens when you ask for money for stuff. sometimes people will be able to afford concert tickets, but not a tee shirt. sometimes people won't be able to get tickets because they are sold out or they just had to drop two hundred bucks on their dog for emergency anal stitches or something. sometimes people won't be able to buy the glass dildo, or the signed book, or the tee shirt amanda used to wipe sweat off beth's decolletage, or whatever...no matter HOW much they might want it. that's life; sometimes, people will be left out. however, a webcast is a webcast, and with all the clever people out there in internet land, i am certain that an ex post facto copy of the webcast will more than likely be available for those who had to miss it due to cash, time zone, or age/job/money/stingy parent restrictions. they just might miss the song request portion, or the interactive parts, or whatever part was live, and the incentive to pay. the point is, with a webcast, paid download, open and shameless plea for cash without any real reason, passing a hat at a concert, or homemade porn, or whatever is done for money, the object is trying to reach as many as possible who can reach back with cash. not exclusion, surely.......just business.
--someone will always be available who can, or will, pay. hell, i tried to offer money without incentive on twitter when amanda tweeted a couple months ago she was trying to pay rent in the first place. my rationale was, it was the least i could do after the near religious experience i had at a concert last spring (long story, but it was what i needed at the exact time i needed it--and someone else bought the tickets for me that night, incidentally). the thing about creative financing is it has to be creative. i couldn't imagine amanda doing regular paid webcasts; she might as well sign up to be on a shitcom on tv, and shitcan being a musician at all if she goes that way. maybe learn some magic tricks or something, or a tap dancing segment...heh, kidding. but i can see how a few, or one of them would work. much like the auction worked; although again, couldn't see one happening every week. the thing about creative financing is, the answer's in the question; it has to stay creative. and, if i have come to expect one thing from ms. palmer & crew, it is creativity.
--as far as being young and missing out on some paid events......well, i hate that, but again, there is enough free out there to keep one happy, i would think. here i go, i hate hearing myself even say this, but 'when i was sixteen', i had to sneak into the violent femmes concert. i had to beg a misfits tee shirt off a girlfriend, and i also sneaked into a cyndi lauper concert. i sold my jacket to go to one show, and it has been whispered that i liberated a twenty from mom's purse now and then to manage this or that venue. i didn't actually officially buy myself a concert ticket until i was well into my twenties, i am pretty sure, because between school and life, there was never any money for fun (after the weed was purchased of course). i wished like hell i had then the mediums available nowadays to enjoy venues and musicians i had to miss sometimes (imagine life without shadowboxes, twitter, or even decent radio stations, except the fuzzy college station no one listened to because 'alternative' actually meant 'shit no one has heard of), because 'solid gold' was a horrible show and never hosted the folks i liked to listen to on the college station. mtv was cool back then, though, that was a bright spot in a hard world to find good music (that wasn't in the top 40) in.
the thing about it now is, no one has to miss anything that has been recorded, ever. just ask youtube to bring it to you.