So here I am working on a side web design job. As I look at the programs I am using to get it all done I realized they were, for the most part, all from software bundle purchases. If my memory serves me correct I have taken part in 3 different purchases from MacUpdate and Macheist. The price was never above $59 and I usually received 8-12 different titles.
“What is so golden as you certainly cannot have found all 30 programs as useful?” I can read your mind and you are correct. I am probably only using six or seven of them on a regular to daily basis and another ten of them occasionally. Six of them I use all the time.
- 1Password (Retail $40)
- Vector Designer (Retail $70)
- Pixelmator (Retail $60)
- CSS Edit and Espresso (Retail Package $80)
- Task Paper (Retail $30)
The total retail cost of those alone would be $280. By my calculations that would mean by participating in the promotion I saved about $130 off retail of just these six programs. That does not include the programs I use occasionally such as AppZapper ($13), Snapz Pro X ($69), and a bunch of others. Golden, I tell you golden.
All of the promotions send a substantial portion of the income to charities. I am not trying to avoid paying for great software. The developers chose to participate either to help the charity or to get the word out about their products. So why not take a shot and try one out?
Please know that I do not participate in every promotion. I look closely at the titles being offered to see what I have need of. If the cost benefit is not at least the equivalent of 2 for 1 I don’t buy. Chances are I can get along without it for a while. But I must admit it is hard to resist such a golden deal!