Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:31 PM
I am not saying it is bad business practice (or maybe I am) but such a practice makes me wonder if it is justifyable (and when I wonder, I try to consider every angle.) I like a fair price myself, (all things considered).
Here is a case I consider. Are Apple products over priced? To me it seemed that after all of the people who worked on the iPod touch, which was no cost to me, were paid, Apple is only making an extra 30$ on the iPod touch which retailed at $329, but is now $300.
So, when the kindle fire came out it was about $200 and the larger iPad was $500. I believe the iPad two was on the market then.
The quality of the camera in the iPad2 was the quality of a point and shoot camera, which averaged about $90 minimum.
So now the value is down to $450. I don't care about the size of the screen, I care about the speed. How much would I pay for a faster computer? About $100 if it was significantly faster. So now the price is down to $350.
Most of the other value was from it's convenience. I have actually saved tripple the amount of money I spent on an iPad, using the iPad to do things faster for me (and I am sure it is much more than that).
Also, I think how much it costs to buy a desktop and laptop computer today, and depending what a persons needs are, a tablet might be more suitable, and a better buy.
I personally don't want something for nothing, but I would like a fair price. And if someone rented an iPad to me in this day and age, I would be highly upset at the arrogance of it.
I understand that usually it is people with no money that complain about high prices, but that doesn't mean that the high prices are fair prices all the time.
And by the way, I don't have a lot of money, but I bought an iPad because it would save me more money than I spent on it. And in some cases, it has helped me make more money. It's a tool.
I also see photoshp as a tool, because as was noted, Adobe isn't making stuff for you. But I understand that people are working to give updates, but what if I don't need an update? Why am I paying residual? If they gave me a progress report every year about what features they are working on, and promised a useful update, then perhaps I migh pay residual, but as a lot of people are doing, they will stick with the latest version of Photoshop that wasn't subscription and use that.
Engine, i think it is less about you being compensated for your work, as we all want compensation for our work, but good business practice should be practiced.
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