@superboyac I have to agree with your last comments on the freeware/payware thing. If you do try to sell your software, the distributors try to suck all the profit out of the venture. As in most businesses I guess. I've submitted programs that are on lots of download sites, to particular download sites, that still haven't showed after years because I didn't pay the $250 vig.
It's just barriers to the individual trying to sell anything. Like needing a $500 license to sell $.05 Kool-aid on the corner. Forget it!! Got to have a big trust fund or a corporate pal. How else can you absorb these costs? Not on donations man.
That's why I chucked it and changed all my stuff to fully functional donation-ware. At least a few people will use some of my utilities that way.
I actually didn't know about all that. I didn't know you have to pay a fee to sell your software. That really sucks.
Up to $20, I don't even think about buying software. If some cool program is being sold for $5 or $15, I'll just get it. Even if I don't think I'll use it that much. I just really like well-made software. But when some little utility is being sold for $40, then I start hesitating and really thinking. Am I going to use it that much, is it worth it?
I think more of these software should be priced under $20 and it will make more people buy it who are hesitating or searching for freeware that does the same thing. But if it's like you are saying, then the authors are being forced to raise the prices. Or they keep them cheap, but they may be hard to find since it's not on those download sites.
Don't even get me started on those sites. The internet is becoming more and more unreliable as sites use these kinds of tricks to control what will and won't appear. Take me for example, I've been tricked all this time. I didn't know that the developers had to pay for their software to appear; I always thought these sites had some kind of crawler searching for software to appear in their lists.
I just had a long discussion with a friend of mine trying to make money by creating a website using SEO tactics. I was really annoyed and disappointed by it because he had written lots of articles for the sole purpose of SEO, but he didn't know what he was writing about. however, now if you search for something on Google, you will be led to these sites that use SEO written by people who are not experts at what they are doing. So, finding the correct information out there is getting harder and harder. It almost has to be by word of mouth...someone who knows telling you to go to this website. Anyway...off topic...