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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Results of 99 Cents Software Experiment

I had hoped to spend this weekend posting a complete evaluation of my crazy 99 Cent Software Experiment but the data is still coming in. I can tell you I have thousands of new WinPatrol PLUS members who will now have safer computers.

I regret I under estimated both the server traffic and a high volume of questions in my Inbox. For now, my main priority is to respond to Email. There were some peek times where folks did not receive their PLUS codes. I’ll be spending my time this weekend working to make sure everyone is happy with their WinPatrol experience.

I am very happy with all the positive comments especially from folks who had never heard of WinPatrol. The cost of WinPatrol PLUS will return to normal and I hope our new fans will let people know it’s still a good deal. I’m sure I will have some kind of specials in the future but I can guarantee you’ll never see another 99 cent experiment. :)

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Anonymous Mary said...

Hi Bill, I learned about WinPatrol through Castlecops a few years ago as I had volunteered there myself. I had used the free version for a few years. I think your program is great! I took advantage of the low price as things are kind of tight right now with our family. I know you offer discounts other times and I came close to buying as well. So I am glad I caught your tweets on this deal. Thank you and I hope the best for you and your great little Scotty (WinPatrol).

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully, this experiment will help you sell even more at the regular price.

I already had a Plus subscription on my computer, but the 99 cent experiment allowed me to add a subscription on WinPatrolToGo.

I almost always install the free version of WinPatrol on my client's computers, and encourage them to upgrade to the Plus version. A few do, many more do not, as the free version is so good.

I am convinced showing them the advantage of having your great database a click away is well worth $30. I expect to convert many more clients to the Plus experience.

-Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

12:44 PM  
Anonymous bethel95 said...

As a long-time fan and on-and-off user of WinPatrol, I want to thank you for your special promotion that reminded me to become a registered user. OK, I'm a procrastinator, but now I have the "quicker, faster" Scotty on patrol, and couldn't be happier.

FYI, be sure to check out the review of WP generated by your special on the 4Free site (

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You gave a lot of people who otherwise couldn't afford Winpatrol Plus a chance to get it.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely like the WinPatrol Plus version at 99 cents. I did not have to think at all whether or not to purchase it, that too with a lifetime upgrades/updates license. At $29+, the task would have been much more difficult.

I am interested in the "real" results of your experiment (if at all you prefer to share the same) as that will throw some light on the psychology of users as also percentage increase in registered user numbers.

On the other hand, I am also aware that total sales during an elaborate period like a quarter, half-year or ideally entire year needs to be taken into account for the developers to get proper revenue stream estimates. "Time bound and Event-based" sales like 99 cents may show very good results and even more so if they are highly advertised but may adversely impact longer term prospects. This also needs to be balanced.

2:23 AM  
Blogger jesus cantu said...

Bill, thanks a lot for this experiment, I been using Winpatrol free for over 6 years and save my computer two times, but I could not afford the 30 bucks for plus version, so, when I knew about your offer I was first in line, again, thanks and God bless you.

Saludos desde Mexico !!

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Bill A said...

Bill, I've been a "free" fan for a long time, and bit the bullet to pay for a $29+ version. I'm happy as can be, but am also glad you were able to "spread the wealth" for $.99. I'm really hoping that my $29 really WILL be a lifetime copy, I hope you won't give in to the pressure to make those who've supported you all these years ante up for more...

I've installed the free version as a matter of course in new OS installations, and will absolutely pay the lifetime cost for my family installations... as long as I know they won't be hit up in the future for upgrades at a "low cost".

Can you give us old folks some confidence that lifetime means lifetime?

8:52 PM  

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