“Great game…please make it free.”
“Lots of amazing features…I will rate it 5 stars if you make it free again.”
Check out the reviews of any paid application or game in your Windows/Android/Apple app store and you’ll notice one thing in common. Yes, you guessed that right. The irksome ‘please make it free’ comments. Want proof? Just type in “please make it free” in your browser and hit search. (As of today, Google returns approximately 24,00,000 results).
I wonder what goes through the minds of the people who write these comments. Would they say the same thing in person in a brick and mortar store? And if they want an app or game for free, why don’t they browse the free section? Developing any piece of software often entails blood, toil, tears, and sweat. It is certainly reasonable if the people behind it want to be paid for it, right?
How would you feel if you were asked to give your work away for free? I know how I feel because I frequently get unpaid writing “opportunities” in my inbox. Here’s one LinkedIn message which I got recently:
Do you think I replied to this person? You know I did, even though it was after a lot of back and forth. I wondered if it was worth it, but I simply had to.
Of course, they didn’t agree with anything I said. And although I expected that, I still felt majorly let down. Why can’t people treat others just as they would like to be treated…at least in the professional world? It isn’t that hard, is it?
Have you had a similar experience? How did you deal with it? Do share your story.