Originally Posted by ajmidd12
Wait-A-Minute are you guys trying to tell me that you pay for games/software?
Whoever said that people in general are cheap hit the nail on the head, if developers such as Adobe would stop trying to sell their products at huge markup margins then maybe people would stop pirating them.
Adobe CS5 = $1899.00US
AutoDesk AutoCAD 2011 = $4,425.00US
Windows 7 = $199US - $319.99US
I highly doubt the average Joe one man show can afford those kinds of costs for home use. It definitely doesn't cost AutoDesk $4,425.00 to develop a single copy of AutoCAD that is for sure.
Bluray DVDs - $65 (average)
Reg DVDs - $40 (average)
More reasonable pricing but still marked up beyond belief. Funny how a $0.50 DVD can suddenly become $40 once data is placed on it.
Music CD's - $25 (average) I don't pay for music, but if I like an artist I support him/her/them by going to their concert, most artists make their living touring, not distributing out CD after CD.
Fine its stealing, moral, blah blah blah, but really our society would not be where it is if someone hadn't "borrowed" someone else's idea... I'm against pirating for monetary gain but sharing with others no problem.
You're prices for software may be somewhat accurate; but what currency are you using for the Movies and Music prices?
I haven't spent more than $25USD on a Bluray and that includes brand new ones. The last CD I bought was 10USD.
I agree entirely with the artist making more from touring so long as they're not the actual distributer of their CD/audio tracks because then they make more that way. The really sad thing is that many artist don't actually own their own music. It's a split between them and the label.
For gaming; support the devs of games that are good and work against the spread of those that aren't or feed off of the masses (ie COD).
I feel like there comes a point in which the the bottom line based approach fails because then you spend too much time worried about keeping it above the red forever and that means you will not take chances. That's the problem. Not enough people wanting to take chances.