Yeah, it is pretty amazing. I knew a lot of people were holding back because TextMate wasn’t in the pot yet, but that was a lot more than I expected. The graphs went vertical.
Even if that $3 rumour is true, that is not all that uncommon – in fact that is a pretty good profit margin for a company that is currently engaged in heavy marketing, which they are. Many businesses operate with around that, or even less of a margin, all of the time.
It is untrue, in fact. Most, if not all, of the developers get a flat feeâ€”gus mueller, developer of voodoopad, was offered $5,000â€”with no percentage. That’s why most people are upset, actually; the more copies they sell, the worse a deal it is for the devs, because all the extra profit is going right to the MacHeist folks. Which makes the “we want to do something nice for the developers” bit a touch disingenuous.