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[REBOL] Re: Why Wiev is still claimed to be free??? (was) Re: Yes, REBOL/Core

From: kenneth:nwinet at: 23-May-2001 20:39

May I add my support for your comment with a true anecdote, Joanna?
> My personal grief (and disappoinment) in this issue is that this pricing > get this tool quite impossible for me to sell it. I have no killer > application to show any added value. No way to force-feed additional > N*100USD cost to client (we are talking small business here N would be in > single numbers on each company).
I have a friend that I'm very proud of that wrote an application a few years ago. Other than putting up a website he's done no discernable selling of his product. However, a number of resellers found his website and they are selling his product. He went from $10k sales his first year to the neighborhood of half a million this year. There was nothing particularly special about his product other than the fact that is was well written and feature rich. It's simply a restaurant point-of-sale software like hundreds of others that have been written (well, really good POS s/w.) The point of my story is that it is successful because others have picked up the ball and run with it because they are motivated to do so. Money is a great motivator. He sells it cheap to them and they make a lot of money in return. My point is it does not matter how wonderful Rebol is. It will die like a lot of other wonderful things if it doesn't have the support of a motivated community. Unless they plan on turning it into a religion, then money is generally the motivator of choice (ok, wise guys, I left out power as a motivator - on purpose.) So it does not matter how great Rebol is. What matters is if RT can come up with a business model that insures the success of the community that supports them. They have to charge someone. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems they've chosen to charge the communities customers directly, rather than indirectly. If so, here's an idea. Why not toss the saintly robes and dive right into the pit of multilevel marketing. Rebol would seem to be a perfect way to write an automated script perhaps with email notification -- "hey, you've been added to our pyramid automatically. To see how much money you've got coming, just click the link to our website." <click> "Type in your visa number and the money will just start rolling in...." Uh oh, too easy! Now we're all in trouble! ;)