As of today, we are no longer allowing the trade of used software licenses and 'bundle splitting' in our community.
We get that many of you guys are here to save some money hunting down deals on cool software, but after taking a hard look at these two methods in particular, we strongly feel they are not in line with what this community is about.
Many of you have used the forums to set up trades with other members for used software licenses. Most of you have been careful to keep these trades legitimate, and involve the developers in transferring licenses. However, there have been incidents where members have been exploited or conned by others who are not interested in an honest transaction, and only interested in snagging free licenses. Beyond that, most developers don't have a system set up for transferring licenses or to protect against people using multiple copies of the same license. In short? It's super messy.
There is simply no way for us to effectively regulate all trades going on here, and a lot of potential for damage – from members getting screwed, to developers getting bamboozled, and MacHeist being perceived as a haven for casual piracy etc, so yeah. No more license trading in these forums.
Another popular activity in these forums is 'splitting bundles' between members by going in on one purchase together for individual apps.
Listen, there's nothing criminal about that. If you go ahead and organize that with some friends because you can't afford the bundle, no problems by us. But please do so outside of the community. We support the gifting of individual licenses in our bundles for the purpose of gifting – otherwise, we work really hard to pack a TON of value into our software packages, and it's not hard to feel like many bundle splitters are exploiting the idea of a bundle and its participating developers to purchase individual apps à la carte at 90%+ off.
And similar to the license trading situation, most bundles don't offer individualized gifting options, and so you're left sharing individualized software licenses registered to someone else, which developers aren't really prepared to deal with.
Here's the awkward part, you guys have treated us really well here before in regards to bundle splitting. I don't even remember many threads going on during MacHeist 3 where people were organizing bundle splits. But I do remember many similar threads for competing bundles, and when I see those threads, I don't think it casts our community in the positive light it deserves.
So we're going to see what happens with this new policy.
Again, I know that many of you have been legitimately trading licenses or splitting bundles with real reason to do so – and I hope this policy change doesn't prevent you from carrying on with your legitimate trades and such with people you trust. But it's one of those cases where the bad apples are ruining the barrel, and clearly the highest priority here is serving the community as a whole, so in the end this was a fairly straightforward decision for us.
And as a side note, coming after canceling Christmas I feel very grinch-like... but I promise we will make it up to you guys over the year.
Feel free to discuss.
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