I wrote this as a response in a different post but I feel like if its buried in an older unrelated post everyone may not be able to express their opinions…so I am sorry for the double posting I will remove the comment in the other post…
I noticed that 90% of the time now if someone has an update for a file they release â€œversion 2â€ rather than please redownload the file it is now updated. I think this mainly happens because the user wants to get their file back up front and back in the lime-light.
Lets say I make a file and 20 people buy it. 2 months later I come out with an updated version that is now XML drivenâ€¦I could:
- Update the file and notify people in the comments, but since the file is so old, unless people search for it, noone is ever going to see that comment and notice the update, if people do it will be a small margin of people that browse that far back.
In my opinion this drives people to make a â€œversion 2â€ which is pretty much a duplicate of the original with, usually, some small changes. I originally thought people did this for the plain reason to have more files on here to get ahead in the competition. But now that it is over and people are still doing it, I dont see any real benefit from a new version other than putting it back in that â€œnew fileâ€ spotlight. Plus who is really going to buy the 2 month old file when theres a new updated version at or around the same price.
My idea to fix this would be to let people update their files in the same fashion its already done, and then if acceptedâ€¦move the file back to the top of the listâ€¦This way all of the previous buyers will be able to actually, easily, see that there is an update available. It will be back in front which could lead to NEW sales.
All in all, this will push authors to keep working/improving their old files. And for the authors that do it, will prevent old and good files from becoming obsolete just because they are buried!
The only negative factor would be the artists that release the version 2 with no motive other than making buyer have to pay twice for the file just because its updatedâ€¦this can be avoided by:
1. Re-pricing the file after its updated 2. Allowing people that have already purchased the file pay either the difference, or a marginal fee to get the updated file. If the price stays the same, they can download it immediatelyâ€¦
Wowzers I wrote a lotâ€¦sorry guys but I think this could help the people that hate that their good files are buried, and could make it easier for buyers to get updated filesâ€¦it also could lead to every file on here being constantly improved, and upping the quality overall!
Let me know what you guys thinkâ€¦
I have mentioned this before.. But anyhow.. as a consumer, I will now totally avoid purchasing files that has got “version 1”.