As of recently, I’ve started to make a transition away from the donation ware model. The reason for that... there are some things that have weighed upon me that have been very frustrating and that's exactly what you’re saying. When you look at a product, you compare a product that costs $30 and you compare it to something that has an apparent cost of nothing, some people think that there's less value to a product where they don't ask for anything.
Fair enough. I don't necessarily agree with that, but I certainly understand that perspective. A lot of people also assess the value of a product based upon the price that the developer or the vendor puts upon that. Again, I totally understand that. But again I have a philosophical problem with that, having been a college student, having been not a wealthy person.
And there are people who use the product for different things. I've got lots of people that will download it once, clone a volume, and then they’re done. They’re using Time Machine, or no backup at all (to each their own). There’s that kind of person, then there’s the person that's got 29 scheduled tasks, who I just worked with yesterday (it was a record), they backup a terabyte of data a day and they're using it on a couple of servers.
So there’s really a wide gamut of uses. It's hard to place a single monetary value on the one product that they download and use on one machine. It’s hard to say. I’ve got people who love it so much that they'll send me $100. That's great, and that's the value of the product to them. And then there are other people who, you know, think it's worth $5 or $20 or something like that. And that has worked really, really well for me. And I’ve really enjoyed it.
At least initially, what I'm going to try is moving to the commercial [market], where you purchase CCC, there's a 60-day trial. The trial is supported by the banners that people have seen in the software. That primarily covers the people who download it and use it once just to clone a volume. That's kind of what that covers, I certainly don't get massive amount of money from that. But then, there's the purchase button. So when the trial expires, you're expected to purchase. But when you purchase, you actually get to choose the amount that you want to pay. Which is strange.