Marco Arment on users not buying apps:
It’s a very common user mindset: they tolerate a lot of limitations, ads, and nags to avoid paying. It’s not that they’re cheap, per se: they just really don’t believe that apps are worth paying for, and they feel cheated or defeated if they end up needing to pay for one.
I tend to go towards free versions, not because I am cheap though, more paranoid than anything. If an app isn’t recommended to me by someone, meaning I just found it on by own, the first thing I look at is when and how often has the app been updated. If the app isn’t from an established developer and hasn’t been update frequently or recently, I generally pause.
I take the free option when I am worried the paid option is a bad investment. I don’t feel that way about Instapaper1, but that’s my logic.
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