Indeed. I realise that for some of the makers I follow on YouTube the item being made is purely a maguffin, a pointless object that just serves as a plot device for the actual product, the video. Whether that video is a vanity project, a patreon earner, an ad revenue generator or direct advertising for a company its still the same. The actual object is ultimately unimportant. Even Project Binky. And in the main I watch them as better quality entertainment as a television substitute.D_W has made some valid points that were an eye opener.
I'm not sure why people take this personally. Your circumstances (I make all kinds of things that make no economic sense) are far away from someone making a well produced and edited youtube video with good sound and good light. It takes probably as much time to edit the video as it takes to make the item. It's not like you making something you enjoy, or me spending 85 hours to make an infill plane that costs about as much for materials as a used Spiers.Maybe it is not about the costs involved. Perhaps they just enjoy making things. If they make a video and get ad revenue then good for them. Nobody is forced to watch anything and can easily switch off the video if not interested in the content. I went to quite a bit of effort to produce this.......a plastic one could have been bought for a fiver. I never did it because I couldn't get one or to save the fiver, I did it because I wanted too.
There seemed to be some agitation above "no, maybe some people are making videos and these things just because they like to".DW, Who taking things personally?