From Each According to His Ability, to Each According to His Whim Let's End The War Right now the Apple users are in a state of confusion. Looking at all the new software that is on the market, with the boom in home computers, and seeing the prices on programs makes us wonder what's going on. We have to make a decision between saving our hard earned cash and paying the ridiculous high prices for these programs or being illegal and getting black market programs at a more affordable price; neither is a good choice. I have noticed in recent ads in other computer magazines that certain companies have more or less declared war on those that are making these copies. Granted software companies should #a S ( U I A I V make a profit on the work and effort of what they have done. But how much of a profit and for how long? That's what it gets down to. Most companies need at the most 6 percent profit to put back into the company. The prices we see have to be more than that, figuring they can't be paying over $2 for the diskette, and that leaves the remainder for the printed matter, which can't be more than $5 (basing this on the price of similar material on the market), which comes to a total of $7. Most software listed in Softalk sells from $26.95 on up. If these manufacturers would bring the price down, these so-called pirates couldn't afford to buy the copy programs, take the time to copy, and still figure that they are coming out ahead I am not for copying copyrighted programs because these companies have earned the rights to them and it is against the law. However if these same companies would wake up to the fact that they Could all but eliminate these pirates by cutting their prices (in some cases by more than half) , it would make a simple compromise.
Steven Straughn, Omaha, NE - V2N5