Originally Posted by Joshi
I don't quite think you yourself know what you're talking about.
If you're saying that it costs them less to burn a copy of the software onto CD, package it and sell it, then yes, it does cost less than £100, although the price will still range in the £30-£50 mark, but they do still have to make money on their software, otherwise what's the point, and believe it or not, Programmers tend to ask for a hell of a lot of money (it's one of the best paying jobs in the world).
Add marketting to that and we're talking about a lot of money. If you're wondering why games don't charge as much, that's because the game industry are planning on selling a hell of a lot more, they know that more people will actually want to buy their game and so they charge less and still make their money back.
But as for Photoshop, they know they're only going to be selling to the graphics designer crowd, which is and infinately smaller crowd then the gamers market. Therefore their prices go up and they are able to make money. It's not ridiclulous at all, it's business.
This is exactly
the point I'm trying to make, except we both seem to be looking at it differently. In your eyes, it isn't rediculous, it's business. In my eyes, business is
ridiculous. Think about it, if every manufacturer in the world sold their products for much lower, more reasonable prices, and used that money to pay their employees more, the world would be better off (no really, think about it). Obviously, that will never happen.