value = price
I agree with both of you, actually, but the problem with so much app store software out there is that the user is deluged with so many similar products that distinguishing the wheat from the chaff is almost impossible.
And for the developer, even if a product is reviewed on a top review site or tech podcast, those numbers might not even be enough to pay the developer's electric bill.
But as a consumer, I've purchased and tried out hundreds of dollars of apps that are now sitting in binary limbo. It's like buying that fabulous pair of heels that go with that slinky thing you've only worn once - and they go with nothing else. There they sit on the shelf.
So these days I really have to have a dramatic need for a piece of productivity (or other) software - something that fills a specific niche - to spend more than a couple of dollars. I have no problem paying for software I value.
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