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Re: Remailer postage
From: [email protected] (Timothy C. May)
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 1995 13:48:34 -0800 (PST)
(I understand that Russ Nelson has experience in the shareware
business, so he may know how many people send in their voluntary
contributions. My understanding is that it's a tiny fraction, and that
few shareware authors ever make much money. I've talked to some of
them, and they consider shareware a failed experiment, except for new
products trying to break into crowded markets, where the "shareware"
label is just a facade for essentially giving it away in exchange for
fame and eventual fortune if the product goes commercial.)
Shareware is essentially begging, yes. Far better to just give the
software away to create a need for your services. Then people are
actually getting something for their money.
Selling services is profitable, particularly if you can sell the same
service to multiple people at the same time. If you're very good at
selling, you can even sell a service as an insurance plan.
-russ <[email protected]> http://www.crynwr.com/crynwr/nelson.html
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