If they work hard on a skin, the master skinner is looking to get paid, but not all master skins are equal. I personally have not bought a master skin yet (I'm on disability so they are not in my budget.) I have seen many free skins IMHO that are far better than many a master skin. Even the Master skinner would say they have at least 2 or 3 that they know are better than the other 10 they have produced. I have also seen where some older Master skins that we're no longer priced, but were being offered for free.
That being said if the price was reasonable I probably would purchase some of what I CONSIDER the best ones out their. After all we are talking Eye-Candy. For my money Object Dock is far more functional, and important to my desktop than any of the other programs.
I am a Chef by trade,(retired.) VOLUME of SALES is the name of the game, not OVERALL PRICE. If you've never lowered the price on some of the Master skins then how would you know if they would really sell or not. Yes I understand everyone has to have their cut on the final sale. But again NEGOTIATING over the pricing and who gets what everybody should win. I don't know what kind of sales the Master skins generate, but if you really want to get paid increase your volume of sales. These figures have already been pointed out to you, but you need to think of the bottom line.
$9.95 x 5 = $49.75 (can't really see anyone paying that much, no matter how much the skinner's ego says "this is better than the light bulb" (by the way just bought 2 LED light bulbs for $11.95, we'll see if they last the 10 years they are advertised as.) It's not about ego it's about the "Benjamin's."
$4.95 x 25 = $123.75 Simple business plan, lower price = higher volume of sales.
$1.75 x 300 = $525.00 For those looking for a cut isn't it better to do business with $525.00 than $123.75 I consider this to be the best reasonable price where everyone wins others may consider another dollar amount
$.99 x 1000 = $990.00 How many of you could use that money right now.
Here is the REAL BOTTOM LINE ---- 10% of something is better than 0% of nothing
WIN, WIN, WIN for the Master Skinner, the Consumer, and for Stardock.