If the problem is the COST of shareware, why not do what others have
done on this list for commercial products? Ask the developer or
responsible party to lower the price. Or, simply ask the developer if
they would consider a lower price because of your financial constraints.
I would think that this would be an honorable way to both use the
software in question and try to give something back to the developer,
while taking into question the relative worth of the dollar.
I am not sure that "income disparity" is the right argument, because
nothing is priced based upon what I earn ... rather, it is priced based
upon its cost to manufacture and its value.
I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.
A Message from Patrick Jendraszak
On Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at 12:12 AM, Alex wrote:
> At 4:59 AM +0100 5/03/02, newtontalk_at_newtontalk.net wrote:
> Sure, paying for shareware is a good thing. Seems like a fair
> concept. You try, you like, you buy. But, there are some other
> issues.... what about income disparity? Within North America, and
> especially, in countries around the world where $20US is mucho$$$
> I personally like the idea of NON-CRIPPLED shareware.... that way,
> those who can, pay, and those who can't don;t get left out completely.
> Sure, I know the argument goes, most ppl who can pay, won;t. But in
> this Newton Community? I doubt that's true. And even if it is, my
> first point is still factual. $20USD can be a lot of money in some
> places and to some ppl.
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