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Old 1st June 2009 | Show parent
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Quality software is extremely expensive to develop and, like anything else, its price is set by the market forces of supply and demand (not withstanding inefficiencies such as market manipulation, subsidies, piracy/theft, etc).

If someone doesn't like the price of a given piece of software they can always try to write something comparable on their own and see how that goes.

Do you think that a nice high end stereo preamp has $2,000 worth of parts in it? Of course not - you're also paying for the development cost. The difference is with software there's very little material cost, it is cost of developing the intellectual property what you're paying for.