"Belayed" response to the original thread- as I just now saw this..
Please don't tweak the forum, participation of various levels is not possible by everyone, surely you must understand that many factors, time zones being a huge one, have an effect on who gets the clues first and what not. Some of us still work our way through this stuff and posting later would be repetitious and a waste of time.
I fear that this is taking the way of the cell phone company mentality.
Put the screws to your existing, loyal customers and reward new ones in a better way.
To come to me with a message that says "day one only", buy this or else you don't get htis bonus, when you are running the thing for 15 days is kinda absurd.
Some folks can budget the money in later. With your bundle costing under an average tank of gas anymore, there's certainly some consideration that needs to be taken.
Marketplaces change. This one sure has.
This most recently bundle blew chunks. So did the MacUpdate one. Guess it went hand in hand.
Parallel's is a stellar deal, only it would have been 10 times as much had it been offered at a time when it didn't suck so much. 3.0 has been a major nightmare.
It's almost like it's Parallel's /// .. remember the Apple ///? Ahead of it's time, and rushed to market.
Another thing that is perceived to be is you are buying an app that is about to be deadlined. Replaced, upgrade, etc. By seeing the app in the bundle it means that the next revision will most likely be pay, if that means the customer is primarily buying this because of a certain app or two, they'll be spending more money again real soon.
GarageSale was one of those.
In closing, penalizing customers, turning the forum into a status zone and duplication of offerings. Not a good combination.
Rewarding continued support is another thing, nothing wrong there. IE, throw a bone to existing customers who keep on supporting, like say - those of the last bundle, etc. The MacRumors deal where thats it, and now if you happen to still have the link it 404's, not good. At least put up a page saying why and what you 'missed'. That was the basis for my first point, I couldn't then- now I sorta still wanted to but it just seemed kinda weak to leap at, thus.. I didn't.