Sunday, December 19, 2004

Software pricing

Regarding this comment in James Robertson's blog, I'd like to point out that most jobs follow this premise:

You will make your ultimate boss earn much more money than you are paid.

This is especially so when you see that today's job market is geared towards job positions that require the least education possible. No education means low salary. If education is necessary, then the job is outsourced to a poor country. Therefore: most people, educated or not, have low salaries.

So there are three kinds of customers:

  1. undertaxed corporations which can pay higher prices but usually do so to other corporations,
  2. overtaxed people cheated out of a decent salary and a decent education for whom $24.95 is unaffordable - so they cheat back and get the crack from the web,
  3. less than 1% in between, to which I think we belong because we have the time and resources to write blogs.

The software pricing problem is just another consequence of thinking it is ok to allow 3.10^2 people to have more money than 3.10^9 others.

I think we need to keep in mind that we are not a representative sample of the world's population.

Have a nice day.

PS: By the way, yes it is true. The top 300 people are worth more than the lower 3 billion people. If you think it's fair, it's because nobody you know is in the lower 3 billion.


Ian Bicking said...

How Marxist of you ;) But then, people seem to overlook his economic analysis of capitalism these days, even though it seems as relevent as ever, especially when you take into account the global economy and third world nations.

Andres said...

Anything pushed to extremes is a Bad Thing.

What I think is inherently bad is that whether it's capitalism, communism or anything else, the system is routinely abused to concentrate wealth and power.

Our software pricing issue is just a minor consequence.

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