Thanks for the clarification. I took a look at their eBay site, and the big clue to their scam-ness is how much space they take up explaining that they are legit. A sure sign of trouble...
Greg KO6TH (a big fan of gpredict, by the way. Thanks for the excellent work!)
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 00:59:18 +0100 From: [email protected] To: [email protected] CC: [email protected]; [email protected] Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Selling "free" software.
On Sun, 30 Nov 2008 22:53:09 +0000 Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF [email protected] wrote:
I realise the legal aspect but have been to several times by software authors not to charge more than, say, $5 to cover media costs. I guess anyone who pays $20+ for something he can get free is a bit of a fool.
Just a clarification... these ebay sellers are NOT the software authors. I am the author of several GPL software that has ended in the claws of these ebay scammers. I have never charged for my ham radio software and I will never do. It has always been available for free download.
While what these ebay scammers do is not illegal I strongly question their motives and business moral. The "product description" is a complete ripoff from my websites. This includes the screen shots. The only difference is that they have been altered to remove any traces of the original software name and authors. These scammers don't contribute anything back to the software development. They don't even provide proper customer support as they promise on ebay; people end up sending me emails requesting my help since they paid for the software... Very encouraging...
The reason that people are willing to pay $20+ is because they don't know what they are buying and they don't know that they can download it for free. What makes it even more pathetic is that it would take much less time to download the software than to to complete an ebay transaction.
What's puzzling me is all these 99.9% AAAAA++++++ feedback the ebay scammers receive. Surely something is not right on ebay.
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