You Get What You Pay For? What Bollocks! Or Why Cash Doesn’t Equal Quality

I’m deliberately not weighing in on the entire Thesis Vs WordPress GPL debate, but while reading some of the commentary on it, I came across this statement made by Dave of “Think Dave”.

I’d like every single plugin and theme developer to release their work outside the GPL, and charge money for it. This would instantly get rid of 90% of the crap plugins, themes and add-ons that don’t work and aren’t supported. And it would leave behind a core product offering that is easily robust enough to be used for any Enterprise web project.

Sorry Dave, but that is a very misguided and naive statement. Want proof? Look at Apples App store. The vast majority of apps are crap and you pay for them.

When everybody charges for everything, the vast majority of people end up trying to charge you for crap and a lot of folks operating in that environment attempt to charge you for stuff that normally they would be embarrassed to give away for free.

It doesn’t get rid of crap plugins (or crap apps) it encourages people to attempt to make a quick buck on the back of crap product.

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