Fw: [rp-ml] Ah yes, Markus, the 'freemium" model of marketing - stuff!

From: G. Sachs <sachsg_at_sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu Jan 07 2010 - 22:20:40 EET

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From: G. Sachs <sachsg@sbcglobal.net>
To: Markus Hitter <mah@jump-ing.de>
Sent: Thu, January 7, 2010 3:17:49 PM
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] Ah yes, Markus, the 'freemium" model of marketing - stuff!

Markus - "Perhaps it sounds like communism:" - Yeah THAT idea worked out real well, didn't it :-) ?

Actually, the latest craze of "freemium" marketing and a few variations on it, might turn out to work OK (and a lot better than communism). We should know by the end of this decade.


P.S. What about good, old fashion, FOOD? What are you going to trade for that, there is only so much software that a farmer can use? No, I think we're just back to good old money (that very few seem to have a problem with)!

From: Markus Hitter <mah@jump-ing.de>
To: Fast 3D di Saleri Stefano <stefano.saleri@tiscali.it>
Cc: Adrian Bowyer <A.Bowyer@bath.ac.uk>; Michael Armbruster <michaela@growit3d.com>; rp-ml@rapid.lpt.fi
Sent: Thu, January 7, 2010 2:12:20 PM
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] free STL Files and other (free) things we wish for in the new year

Am 07.01.2010 um 17:33 schrieb Fast 3D di Saleri Stefano:

> I don't see the sense of making everything so costless and "free".

Perhaps it sounds like communism: You share your work with others and benefit from others sharing their work with you.

The software industry shows how well this works. Even if you want to sell commercial products, you get 80% from the community, spend back 10% and sell well because you're 10% ahead of the competition.

The first 10% (gently enforced by the community) are usually fixes to make things more reliable and the later 10% are typically things more towards marketing, like design.

And no, the model doesn't stop here as making things more reliable enables people to try out even more ideas which in turn allows refining to commercial grade quality ... you see how the circle closes?

But then, there are many many people who work just to realize their ideas. That's natural human behaviour. They couldn't, if they had to start from scratch each time.


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