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Re: [SLE] Upgrade worth it?
  • From: daubery@xxxxxxxxxx (Des Aubery)
  • Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 07:56:37 +0200
  • Message-id: <39D97515.E754B8FE@xxxxxxxxxx>



Hi Tim,

Are the few $ you are talking about really worth all your literary
effort?


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Des Aubery...
(adTherm Technologies, East London, E.Cape, South Africa)

"Timothy R. Butler" wrote:
>
> Hi again,
> I know, I know, I'm posting about the Upgrade pricing (again), but I was
> wondering if the Upgrade situation will improve. I noticed that on the web site,
> SuSE Pro 7.0 Upgrade is $49.95 plus Shipping and Handling, however I've seen the
> full release for only ten bucks more ($59). As you can figure, if you buy the full
> one for $59 at the store, you aren't going to save much (if any) buying the
> upgrade for $49 + S&H. So my question is, once SuSE realizes that the upgrade's
> price isn't saving anybody anything, and comes with _less_ than the full release,
> will they make the price more sensible?
> Before when I asked about prices, I know it was my opinion vs. someone else's,
> but I don't understand this. I'm sure SuSE _knew_ that most stores would charge at
> least $10 less than MSRP (as usual), and yet they priced the upgrade high enough
> that it is virtually useless to even offer here. Did anyone else notice this?
>
> I might add, usually upgrades are a substantial price difference. If nothing
> else, it would be nice if each version came with a coupon to upgrade for $30-$40
> to the next release (when released). That way new customers would pay the full
> price, but loyal buy-every-version customers would get a deal.
>
> Case and point:
>
> MS Windows Millenium Edition ARP (Average Retail Pricing): $189
> MS Windows Millenium Edition Upgrade ARP: $89.95
> MS Windows Millenium Edition Quick Jump ARP: $49.95
>
> As you can see, since Windows 98 to ME's features were nearly the same (similar
> to how SuSE 6.4 and 7.0 are nearly the same, from what I hear), Microsoft offered
> Windows 98 users (loyal buy-every-version customers) a really cheap version. Quick
> Jump retails for 1/4 of the full version's price, and nearly 1/2 of even the
> upgrade's price.
> While it can be said this is different, it is not. Microsoft sees that the
> difference between 98 and ME isn't enough to get everyone to pay even $89 for it,
> so they offer customers who have bought 98 or 98 SE a cheaper version. To me, this
> is ideal for Linux distros too, since generally there is little version-to-version
> change, but slow accumulative change. Enclosing an offer, as I said before,
> allowing say 6.4 users-only to go to 7.0 for say $29-$39 would be great.
>
> Just my $0.02, adding up to over $1.00 since I've already thown in a lot of
> $0.02 on the issue...
>
> -Tim
>
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