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Payment method for software

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO Tools' started by something77, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. something77

    something77 Registered Member

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    Just wondering what people prefer when purchasing dirty spammer software / bots. i.e article spammers, blog post spammers, comment spammers, pm messaging spammers, "frieind" spammers, CMS specific bots, site specific bots etc etc

    I wanted to do a poll but either I am being a twat and it is staring me in the face, but I cannot see how to do it, so a list will do

    When purchasing software you prefer:

    1. One off payment for life*
    2. Monthly subscription charge
    3. Yearly subscription
    4. lololololo buying software lulz I will pir4t3 dat shit yo

    * where life means until the product isn't support anymore, usually a couple of years until the next major update

    If you are voting number 4 you probably have aids so your opinions are not wanted so you can fuck off out my thread :squintfin.
    Anyway, if you pay for your wares, you want to pay as little as possible for as long as possible, but the programmers need to be paid for the program to be actively improved, added to. The life time method just means you have to rebuy at 100-200 every couple of years, the monthly charge probably comes our at the same price every couple of years as the life time license anyway.

    so what do you prefer?
     
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  2. Gary Becks

    Gary Becks Power Member

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    It all depends on what type of software it is bro. Your question isn't exactly easy to answer, way to broad.
     
  3. something77

    something77 Registered Member

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    Good point, let me edit up
     
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    Gary Becks Power Member

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    Still a bit vague, but if these bots are separate entities, I'd most likely prefer to pay a one off fee. If it's an AIO bot, a monthly fee might be justifiable provided it gets frequent updates - and by updates I dont mean bug fixes, but actual new features.
     
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    Since I do merchant processing for companies all I can see is 1 through 3 being entirely different on the business side, not really the consumer side. Ill vote my personal (consumer) favorite for real software is #1 with lifetime updates but it doesn't sound like you are going there (?). From a business side:

    1. Easiest to run, most stable, longest life of a company. For a business model this is mostly sales and marketing heavy
    - Business Types who run this? Not sure really, maybe some WP plugins?

    2. This is a good model for "Free Trial" or "7 Day Trial" or "Monthly Subscription" software, all three of those in themselves are different models. This offers the most money but the business is now open for chargebacks and customer complaints. For the business this is customer service intensive.
    - Business types who run this: SEO tools!

    3. Don't do this unless you someone really wants to come back and buy your software, don't rebill them, send a "you are out of date you are now off" type email. This type of business is remarketing intensive, can be customer service if you decide to rebill (which is not a recommendation).
    - Business types who run this: Microsoft, Norton, AVG.
     
  6. something77

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    For some reason, I think 1 is best. Although 2) is probably cheaper in the longer term, something about seeing those payments every month just does something to my brain.

    Plus most people buy a software, use it once or twice, makes a note to "learn it one day", then moves onto something else. The constant reminder of the monthly fees probably makes them go cancel.

    ho hum, thanks for the replies guys
     
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  7. judson

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    Just do what Microsoft does.

    Have distinct versions of the software.

    Pay for v1.0 of the software. Get all 1.x updates, which are mainly bug fixes.
    Need to buy v2.0 of the software again, but existing 1.0 customers get discounted upgrade price.

    Personally, I hate monthly payments. Especially where those payments are not matched by major features every month.

    And most annoying though, is software that you buy for good money, and has a monthly sub, but stops working when you stop paying. I really hate that.

    If you do go for the monthly sub option, then you want to
    a. provide regular updates ... so the monthly sub is actually for something
    b. don't disable the software after the monthly sub is cancelled ... just stop it updating.

    Just my $0.02 worth though.
     
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    From a customer point of view, The best thing with a recurring payment service/software there is a guarantee that the service will continue to run with the same power because if they stop doing so they will stop receiving money. But with the one payment service/software I have to guarantee that the service/software will be available and well performing the next year.

    Still short sighted buyers consider recurring payments more expensive and would prefer one payment instead.