Originally Posted by Gazoobee
This is not true at all. This is what Adobe tells you is the cause of the high price so you direct your anger at the pirates and not at them.
Piracy is a problem in general
that *sometimes* raises costs for manufacturers, but it's a minor effect and definitely not
the cause of Adobe's high prices. Adobe's prices are high because they ask for what they know they can get
For example, Apple's "piracy problem" with all
their software is orders of magnitude higher than Adobe's and yet their software is orders of magnitude *lower* in price. Apple doesn't make software as a "loss leader" and they do
make a profit on it.
Adobe is engaging in a classic monopoly position here and all of their behaviours are "textbook" monopolistic behaviours.
Their product is buggy and poorly designed, their "customer" is not the end user but the high end graphics business
, both the organisation itself and the software it produces is bloated and over-wrought, and the prices it charges are based on what the market can bear
, not on any kind of value/cost proposition.
Well I think it's pretty clear that you have a beef with Adobe, which is fine.
However, I wasn't dealing in absolutes which you seem to be trying to stuff down my mouth. Obviously the high price of their software isn't totally to do with piracy, I would never make such an outlandish and obviously stupid claim. I don't get how piracy can only "sometimes" raise costs for software developers if it is happening all the time, but I digress.
Apple's piracy problem is only higher because they don't use activation on their software (at least none that I use) for better or worse. Frankly I think they are trying to copy Microsoft's approach to let (well look the other way anyways) people pirate it so that their market share increases. My guess would be that Snow Leopard at $29 will be a loss leader, if not initially, than over time with support costs, etc. Safari is a loss leader because Apple doesn't charge for it.
Also I contest that Adobe is a monopoly, on the same grounds that many here claim Apple doesn't hold a monopoly: They have competition from Corel, Quark, Open Source, and many others. Those others may not be "as good" or as predominately in use as Adobe's products, but that is enough to disclaim a monopoly at least legally, and one would think, indicate that a good number of people think that Adobe's software has value and is useful in their business.
That being said, if Corel produced software that was better than Adobe's and everyone started using it, we'd drop Adobe in a second.