How can VB Justify the $170 Upgrade Costs for V4?

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  1. Fergal

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    Please see a copy of a post below that I posted here on the official VB forums - Click here to view.
    I'd be interested in members' opinions on this issue.
     
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    vBulletin 4.0 classic upgrade is free* and new license $195

    (*Until current license expires)

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    vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite upgrade is $160 and new license $235

    http://www.vbulletin.com/

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    Ya ...this is very stupid .....for upgrade and new purchase difference of $25
    i think ....there should be difference of ...! at lest $100 or $75
     
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    That's not good just difference of $25, I also think it should be something more $100 or more then that.
     
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    I can only assume that the marketing team at VB have taken the gamble that most people will just upgrade (as is the way of the world, most people will not complain) as the hassle to change a board to a complete new software package is too big a job for 90% of forum owners.
     
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    When I purchased lifetime owned licences I understood that they were exactly that and that the only future costs I would have would be the annual membership fees. To charge a $170 upgrade fee now, is a rip-off in my opinion. As Sean said they are banking on their customers remaining with them because of the work associated with switching forums to new software.
     
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    I think its ridiculous that they charge this much. phpBB is free isn't that much worse. VB is a great piece of software but to spend $200 or what ever it is just crazy when forums cost the amount they do to run.
     
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    I personally think its not that bad. Phpbb has a lot to catch up to vb and as its paid VB is always constantly to make sure its software's security up to date. Besides, the less people who can buy the software the lesser the forum the more quality a forum can be I suppose.
     
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    Well phpBB do many updates for security and bugs too, FREE:eek:. I do agree VB is better but not $200 better.
     
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    there are thousand of things...! which phpbb don't have ...which VB has
    if u buying new license ...for $200

    it think...that's not expensive compare to its features
     
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    I actually wouldn't have a problem with buying a brand new VB licence for $195. What I find difficult to stomach is having to pay $175 for an upgrade on a lifetime owned licence.
     

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