Who hasn't read Draginol's article [The existence of for-pay stuff doesn't hurt you] on WinCustomize? And having read it twice to grip the concept behind his thought, I must say that he's reflected what is sadly a very common fault of a majority of the online crowd. How many of us don't download software, big or small, almost everyday, from the internet? And seeing that this means that more than three billion people downloading software daily, which has turned software companies to giant industrial grand daddies with a lot of wealth.
Draginol's article: https://www.wincustomize.com/articles.aspx?aid=309309
So what is the problem with the online crowd? For one thing, and the most important of all, people prioritise products on thier look, feel, and then functionality. An easy example, one that Draginol gave too, is ObjectDock. This tiny Stardock application is worth a thousand bucks [and I'm talking about the free version here] because of the functionality and clarity it adds to your desktop. That too, I'm still commenting on the free version. And people love it. Download.com has featured it twice, and having millions of downloads there, it shows that it adds to Windows what the "dock" adds to a mac. Apart from the free version, Stardock has another version, called ObjectDock Plus. This version is the father of all docks, including its own little sister, the free version.
OD+ includes system tray support, tabbed docks, and more. This makes it even more desirable than the free version, because it clears up valuable space on your screen, while depleting the use of icons. But people who don't have OD+ hate it. Why? Because it isn't free. Yes, this million dollar app is underpriced at $20. And people who have grown to love the free Object Dock version, the same people click on the "Learn about Plus" link at the Stardock website, and after finding out that it costs a mere 20 bucks, they curse out loud. What the freakin' hell is causing people to behave like this? Why is Bill Gates one of the richest man on the globe? Why do people buy spend hundreds on buying Vista? Isn't it just a CD with a big piece of good software inside? Isn't online software that can be purchased exaclty the same?
And I'm not talking about just Stardock. I'm talking about the general behaviour of people, they just hate paying for good software. The same people who have no problem payign for games and furniture and what not. I mean, software companies aren't supposed to just hand out their products for free. Imagine what will happen if Microsoft uploaded Windows Vista Ultimate on a download site with no cost on downloading it. Bill Gates would rot. Imagine Starbucks handing out free lattes, it would sink too.
So you see, nothing is wrong with selling software. Software companies hire people and make software. Other companies do the same. No one itches when they buy a new curtain for their window, thn what's the itch in buying a new blind for your computer desktop?
And a tip for those who didn't get my point: These companies selling plus versions online always ave a trial version too. You can download that [and for a limited time] test it out to see if you want it. Just the same when you test drive a new car before buying it. You can afford a $20 piece of software that you like. It's not your wallet. It's your way of thinking.