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thirty-fourCAMELS AND RUBBER DUCKIES

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2004

You've just released your latest photo-organizing software. Through some mechanism that will be left as an exercise to the reader, you've managed to actually let people know about it. Maybe you have a popular blog or something. Maybe Walt Mossberg wrote a rave review in the Wall Street Journal.

One of the biggest questions you're going to be asking now is, "How much should I charge for my software?" When you ask the experts, they don't seem to know. Pricing is a deep, dark mystery, they tell you. The biggest mistake software companies make is charging too little, so they don't get enough income, and they have to go out of business. An even bigger mistake, yes, even bigger than ...

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