OK, this is awkward
First of all, its a tricky thing asking for donations - so if you are easily offended by requests for donations, please look away now.
Lets get some things out in the open - Posted has a free version and a paid version. I make money from sales of the paid version. I make zero money from the free version.
In fact, it costs me money!
Every time you open Posted or Posted Lite to refresh your parcels, and for every push notification sent, there is a sizable back-end infrastructure required to bring you this service. These servers cost money to upkeep in any sort of reliable manner.
"But that's all OK. You make money right?"
Well yeah, I do.... if you don't take into account the hundreds (no, probably thousands) of hours I have spent on Posted over the past few years.
The "problem" (for developers, anyway) with the App Store is that you pay once for the app ($1 or $2), and get all future updates for free, for as many years as the app is alive. Even Apple themselves don't follow that model - they charge for every new OSX version! But on the App Store, there are two ways I could help this:
- Release a new version of the app each year (e.g. Posted Pro 2012). But ofcourse, this means you would start with a 0 star reputation each time, and would be very difficult to maintain any sort of momentum with sales and revenue.
- Use in app purchases and charge for every addiitonal feature I add. However, in app purchases did not even exist when I started Posted, and it would be impossible for me to convert to it without requiring all exisitng paid version users to pay again for things like push notifications - which would make me very unpopular indeed! I am also not a fan of charging everyone for every new little feature added - I feel the overall experience of the app is hampered by needing to purchase new features all the time.
I guess the message I am trying to get across is that the $1 or $2 you spent on the app last year, is likely to have quickly been absorbed by the cost of the servers and the time I spend on adding new features, fixing bugs and providing quick-turnaround support.
So, what can I do about it? Well not a whole lot - except put up this donation page and ask kind folks like yourself to consider donating (only if you love the app ofcourse). I would never ever ever expect casual or one-off users to donate, as the purchase price of Posted is enough of a burden. However, if you are a "heavy/regular/longtime/business" user of Posted
, I would really appreciate flipping me a couple of bucks donation. No pressure, no obligation, if you can't afford it, no problem. Life will go on.
- It would totally make my day and put a smile on my face
- It will literally go towards the server costs for Posted's infrastructure
- It will motivate me to keep going with Posted, and keep improving it
How can I donate?
Via Paypal - no paypal account required - pay by credit card - it's secure and easy. Contact me if you would like to donate via another method and I will try to accommodate.