was in staples today just browsing the toys and came across a stand of cheap software. you know the type: create a garden, manage a virtual railroad, learn to touch type etc. all for £9.99 each. I picked up a 200 arcade type games disc and was looking at the back to see what it runs on. (usually if it runs with windows 3.1 I smile, put it down and walk away) Imagine my disquiet when I found the statement that this was all shareware and if I liked it then please consider donating funds to the authors yada yada yada. I dont have problems with shareware, and indeed have made a couple of donations in the past, but I dont like the idea of paying for it, then being asked to donate.
Many years ago in the days of Amiga and Atari ST It was quite common to be able to purchase compilations on floppies and Cd's- and even now at computer fairs I have noticed them. In the early day it was of course the only practical way of doing it- If you were on line it took at fortnight of bank holidays to get something in at 14Kbs. The makers of course charged only r a 'nominal sum' for the effort of compilation and making and distribution.
but they are basically just kids minding the place on a sunday. not worth the effort really. I just wonder what the original authors of the software would think. You may argue that they might have sold the rights, but if thats the case it wouldnt have the shareware disclaimer on the case.
funny enough, see the specific products you are talking about at £9.99 I have seen them before then one day I walked into "Poundland" for a look and there was a basket full of how to- cd's in cases and when I scuffled through they were exactly the same as the ones in the other shop for £9.99 when they sell them for £1.
I believe Comet(plc) is still selling them for £9.99 when they're being sold at Poundland for you know what :)) =£