Standard Plan Pricing Confusion
bdrunrev at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 18:21:30 EDT 2021
I haven't looked into it as I have nothing to do with education. But
doesn't the University plan give you all 7 platforms + additional features
for about $950?
On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 9:50 PM Timothy Bleiler via use-livecode <
use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> The pricing for the standard plan looks confusing and inconsistent when
> first encountered. It’s also further complicated by the "add on" options.
> There are 2 add ons:
> email support
> Pro Package (Device Debugging, code optimization tool, the network layer
> (tsNet library), iOS accessory access, pdf library). The info box on this
> still references the Community and Indy licenses which supposedly don’t
> Hopefully I have this figured out right. If I’m wrong it could reflect
> poorly on me or the plans ;-)
> Here’s the rounded-off pricing if you just buy deployment options. After
> the first platform you can substitute 1 of the 2 add on options for
> platform in each of these tiers.
> 1 platform = $300
> 2 platforms = $500 ($200 more)
> 3 platforms = $900 ($400 more)
> 4 platforms = $1000 ($100 more)
> 5 platforms = $1500 ($500 more)
> 6 platforms = $1800 ($300 more)
> All 7 platforms = $2000 ($200 more)
> Here’s the rounded off per platform/options pricing for each tier.
> This looks like it makes slightly more sense than when it’s listed the
> other way.
> 1 platform = $300
> 2 platforms = $250
> 3 platforms = $300
> 4 platforms = $250
> 5 platforms = $300
> 6 platforms = $300
> All 7 platforms + the 2 add ons = $222
> This issue was brought up previously by Sean Cole. Jacqueline Landman Gay
> suggested that it might be tied to the popularity of specific platforms.
> Here’s how she explained it. "The way I figure it, each platform is $300.
> But since many of us build for the two major ones (Mac and Windows) you get
> a $100 discount for that bundle. After that it's $300 each except for
> 4 and 7 platforms, where there's also a discount.” Yes, apparently, but
> why? The popular desktops/ mobile bundle? Why then are the add ons priced
> the same? Is there really equivalent value there? Number 7 is obviously
> discounted for a buy everything tier. That’s OK, I guess.
> The problem with Jacqueline’s explanation is that it doesn’t matter which
> platforms or add ons you select, the same pricing pattern persists. I can
> justify different prices for different platform deployments and different
> options, but this inconsistent pattern could be hard to explain to
> prospective users and business accountants to whom we have to justify
> purchases. Jacqueline may be right about the reasons but these are “hidden”
> bundle options based on an assumption of what the user is likely to want.
> It also can make some combinations that are probably much harder to
> justify/explain than others.
> While I can come up with some other explanations for this and a case could
> be made that it has a lot of flexibility, I wonder if a more transparent
> pricing/bundling/discount structure might be better.
> Any chance we can get some clarification on the rationale behind the
> pricing to help us with our purchasing requests?
> Tim Bleiler, Ph.D.
> Instructional Designer, HSIT
> University at Buffalo
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