this is a good opportunity to point out something.
check the entbloess"affiliates" page: http://www.entbloess.com/index.php?page=affiliates
people can get 40% of the price of entbloess when someone buys entbloess by following a special affiliate link.
this is where an email to entbloess from one of you to that company could really come in handy.
here is how i usually put it to a company, something like this:
"we don't want any comissions on sales - we only ask that you offer a generous discount to members of our forum, larger than the normal affiliate price - because since there is no affiliate fee you have to pay, you are bound to get more customers"
and point them to this thread where the discussion is already on such tools.
it's a great opportunity for a company to offer a 50% discount to our members and they are bound to make quite a few sales especially if they act while the discussion is active; and 50% discounts on programs discussed in threads like this with praise from trusted members will get mentioned in the newsletter which means lots of people reading this thread,etc. [i highly recommend to all companies a 50% discount like most of our discounts, but the rule we have adopted is at least 30% or don't bother, and it has to be more than any affilliate fee for reasons i discussed above].
so in short - do everyone a favor and if you find a program you like enough to talk about and purchase - why not send them an email, tell them your a fan, point them to the thread on the forum and ask them about offering a discount to our members. it's a much better deal for them then these affiliate things they all run.
might mention that we always ask if they are willing to donate a few free copies for us to give away, which is just a nice gesture that most companies are more than happy to do.
they can always contact me directly if they want to talk more (firstname.lastname@example.org
), but having a real user contact them first makes a huge difference, much better than me trying to convince them it's a good idea.
make it a new rule - before you buy any program you like, contact the author and discuss the possibility of them offering a discount to our members!
[this goes for topdesk as well of course, which also looks very nice]