Posts: 22 from 2019/11/25
Being said that, I cannot afford nor justify a 80 eur price tag. In my case, I am willing to pay 20 eur for a license.
Well, thank you for interest in MorphOS but I am afraid that means this OS is not the right fit for you. Maybe your situation will change at some point in the future. I would hope so. If it does, we would love to see you back as a registered MorphOS user.Quote:
I understand all the effort required to implement such a complex piece such an OS, but the market price of a product is not necessary determined by the cost of producing it.
Have you ever taken an Economics 101 course? Products being sold below cost are leftover stock that could not be moved otherwise and will generally never be manufactured again
If you start to auction MorphOS licenses on ebay (at least as an experiment), we will know for sure what is the market fair price of a license.
How do you think existing MorphOS users would feel who just registered a license only to find out that they could have saved money by waiting and buying via Ebay (which takes another substantial cut out of the registration fee from the developers)?
Also, have you considere that this type of scheme incentivizes users to delay purchasing the OS and enjoying it in favor of waiting for the best bargain to be had?
These are rhetorical questions, by the away. I have zero expectation to convince you of anything but perhaps you are open minded enough to acknowledge that price lotteries can have toxic side-effects.Quote:
After all, we are in the age of Linux, and I would say that even Microsoft or Mac struggles (in comparison to old times) to charge large prices for OS licenses.
If you prefer the price of Linux, then, by all means, use that on your Mac Mini.
Either you value the alternative experience offered by MorphOS enough to buy it or you do not. There are plenty of other hobby related goods and services that cost far more than MorphOS. Concert tickets, soccer team shirts, a pair of fancy sneakers, and so on.Quote:
Everyone will benefit, because most of the effort of coding the OS is already done
Please consider reading the release notes for new MorphOS versions. The OS is not "done" by any means but is continously improved, extended and updated. Right now, every update is provided free of cost to users, which helps to keep the user base at the same level and helps to avoid fragmentation, which would complicate both third-party software development and user support by a lot.
There are literally people who have received more than a decade of free major OS updates after paying for a single license.
Once again, if you do not value any of this, that is fine and I am sure you will find an OS that fits better to your expectations.
First of all, if I take the time to write this post is because I do value MorphOS.
Regarding the economics 101 mention, I think you should discuss the idea and not about me. Here we are discussing the price of an intangible asset, so there is no leftovers. There is hardly any analogy between manufacturing. Even if you still want to compare it with manufacturing, have you ever hear about toll manufacturing?
I repeat the concept about already registered users: 1) you can provide differential support. 2) they got the license thinking that it was a fair price at the time they got it. But yes, some of them may feel that they overpaid something. The same happens when you buy any product in a store and then you find the next week that the price was cut because of a sale. With your reasoning, there were no sales ever on any product. But again I don't want to compare this with manufacturing or traditional goods.
"Also, have you considere that this type of scheme incentivizes users to delay purchasing the OS and enjoying it in favor of waiting for the best bargain to be had?"
Not at all, because you will never say how many licenses you will auction on ebay, so if you delay for a while the traditional way of selling licenses perhaps you may even sell licenses for more than 80eur. Up to now, I am talking about an experiment to know what is the real price the market (customers) is willing to pay for a MorphOS license. I am not talking about completely changing the way you sell licenses. Just call it Black Friday license auction. The market will tell how much is worth. It seems you feel attacked by my idea.
"Either you value the alternative experience offered by MorphOS enough to buy it or you do not. There are plenty of other hobby related goods and services that cost far more than MorphOS. "
I am not evaluating other alternatives, so that does not apply.
" The OS is not "done" by any means but is continously improved, extended and updated. "
I said MOST of the programming effort, not ALL. Of course a lively OS should evolve.
"Right now, every update is provided free of cost to users,"
Perhaps you can have a non-updateable license and in those case if you want to update a non-critical or buggy issue, you need to pay again. There are many possibilities to reduce licensing costs for certain users and increase the userbase.[ Edited by supremo 25.11.2019 - 19:30 ]