Yeah, it’s that simple. Just because.
Let me back up a little bit here. If you do something awesome and crazily reasonable that takes up plenty of your time, what do you expect? Compensation. You wouldn’t suffer through four hours of washing pressurized dishes and dumping trash that gets all over your clothes for free, would you? Apply it to any other job you take on. What’s in it to give up your free time?
Want to live in a house? Want to buy candy? Want to pick up that cool looking laptop you saw in Best Buy the other day? Here are a few things to consider:
- What’s in it for the firm to give it to you for free? What are they supposed to do about all the costs it took to bring the product to your eye?
- Why do you want people to starve because you’re being a cheapo?
- Karma. No money for them = can’t pay employees = employees can’t pay for anything = no money for you to buy anything if you work somewhere.
People here don’t realize the amount of effort it takes to create an amazing product as FDS has. They listen. They create what the community wants. They consider feedback. And anyone who’s a decent worker and has been involved with other companies in the past knows they are far better than the sleemos who rip you off for something not even worth the money.
Here, it’s a sandwich for a plane or a month of Live. 12 sandwiches for a whole year of Live+. For 3 square meals of burgers a day, that’s epically good for the close to 1,000 you would consume overall. .012% of your sandwich year? Pretty awesome bargain if you ask me. Barely 1/1000th.
Example: Larry the Cable Guy broke his leg. Nobody wants to cough up cash for the insurance pool or his performances. Larry’s leg will forever be broken and he can no longer deliver the trip and fall antics that bring joy to the children of the world. Congrats, you killed childhood dreams. How do you feel now?
The first thing you will learn when you walk into a basic economics class is that everything has a cost. Doesn’t matter. And no, it doesn’t have to be money; people get hung up on that common misconception. Your loss of free time is a cost. Giving up your plane is a cost. Be smart and recognize the optimal ones for yourself and the costs you value.
For that, nobody should ever be complaining about the very fair (in my opinion) prices set for the items offered by FDS. Don’t like it? Recognize the cost you’re willing to give up, mostly applying to the 12 year olds who can’t afford it, and move on. If you think it’s worth it, good for you!
Just my $.02. The whole point of this post is for people to recognize why there has to be cost. If you can somehow figure out and invent an utopia where everyone shares everything for free and lives in familial units, $.03 for you.