Do you donated for something good that was for free?

Posted Dec 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm in Threads > Opinions

We all know that some apps are totally for free. But sometimes there is a option to donate to the developer of this app. This is a way to show your support and appreciation towards the developers.

Personally I think this is one of the greatest funding systems of all. Since the user decides what to pay for it. So you never pay to much and you will never be disappointed.

The downside of this funding system is that the developer is taking a huge risk. This has two reasons:
- The developer has no kickstart funding.
- The developer is not sure of any profit (this is up to the users).

My question to you is:
Have you ever donated to some free development?
And how do you feel about donating in opposite to kickstart-funding or pay after trial?

  • christiaangombert

    My opinion:

    We should be more giving to people who make great stuff for us. It is great to see developers that let you decide what to pay. But be fare and don’t make abuse of the free stuff when you really like it. Developers love to get some appreciation for there work.

    PS.: I don’t have a project running that needs to be donated.

    • scottryan78

      There probably would be a much smaller number who wouldn’t donate anything but those that would, would like be more generous. Seems to be the way those thing work.

  • orangestrat

    I usually buy the set-price donate versions of apps. I feel awkward when I have to pick a price, I just know I’ll pick the wrong price and either look crazy or like some kind of cheapscate, and obviously somebody is watching closely while the donations pour :/

  • Laurel laurel25

    If I really like an app or get really awesome response/curstomer service from a developer I will buy the paid version of an app. I have never actually donated to a developer because I guess I haven’t run across any apps that didin’t have a paid version that I could just purchase. I like that model better I guess than just donating to a developer.

  • mattplaybass

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m as a cheap as the next guy, but I agree with the previous comments encouraging donations or paid for apps. I often purchase the app even if the free one gives me what I wanted (of course I try before I buy). I remember the days when the argument was, “there just aren’t any apps for Android.” We all want something for free, but its hard to sit here and expect free and want the Android ecosystem to develop as much as the iOS system (according to the views of some). Android wouldn’t be what it is today with out these developers and we owe them at least a buck or two.

    • mattplaybass

      Of course on the other side of it, Rovio made a killing on the ad-supported version of Angry Birds when it released on Android. I for one hate ads on the web and on my phone, so I use an ad-blocker, but I could see where some would rather this than pay.