Im so sorry to say/ask that, but do you still not notice that dan and phil don't really care about their audience and do anything to get maximal money out of it..? Don't worry, I love them, too, though I finally noticed and I just wanted to ask you this
in my personal opinion, it seems as if dan and phil don’t exploit their audience for money but rather make a moderate amount of content which money comes along with (they do need to make a living of course). the spons they do on their gaming channels are usually some contract they have going (for doing their app or paying for the tour) and then there was the one video where the money was going to charity. the cost for tatinof was quite affordable (at least where i was) and the show more than compensated for that. comparatively, other youtubers are sponsored every video and make videos every day. others make vapid books with no substance whatsoever. meanwhile dan and phil worked for months to create something they are incredibly proud of and was such a sweet and creative inside joke for their viewers. their merch is well thought out and they take pride in what they make. i do think dan and phil care about their audience as seen through literally touring around the world (on a very draining tour which wasn’t just short q&a sessions) and doing liveshows and all that fun stuff. i don’t see the problem with making money as long as they aren’t pressing the boundaries and selling out every single video.