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Why buy software online?


In a previous article, I talked about shareware, programs you can try before buying.  When you plan to buy software, one decision you will make is whether to buy boxed software or download it. Obviously, we editors here at FindApp are believers in the idea of getting software online, and I'd like to explain why.

With apologies to David Letterman, here are the top 4 reasons to get your software online:

  1. Try Before Buying: As I explained in the earlier entry, with downloadable software you have the chance to try it for a while before making your buying decision.
  2. Instant Delivery:  Once you decide what software to use, you can pay for it and be using it within minutes
  3. Selection:  FindApp has over 10,000 programs available.  With downloadable software, you will always have a wider range of choices than you can find any bricks-and-mortar store.
  4. Support Directly From the Publisher:  When you buy downloadable software, you are buying directly from the maker.  Because of this, you have a direct relationship with them, and can get support from the experts who publish the program.  Most shareware has at least email support for all registered users.  If you purchase software in a box, you may have to deal with a retailer for support.

How much do we at FindApp believe in downloadable software? I personally have bought exactly one program in a box in the past 10 years.  When I asked around the office, none of us can remember buying boxed software in the past 5. It's no contest: online is the way to go.

I'd like to wish you all a joyous holiday season, and thank you for using FindApp.

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