For me, it all kinda goes back to what Ben originally had an issue with in similar thread:
Currently, I have one STANDARD license (3.7). I was in the process of selling SF 4.0 to another client (for the STANDARD edition). At the time of my selling the client on the $2000 STANDARD license, I was mostly banking on the statement on the pricing comparison page about "50% Discount for multiple domains"...which specifically is worded as "The discount applies for purchases of additional domains of the same license type for the same organization. ". Now, with the current license that I have IN MY ACCOUNT
that I SOLD
for Telerik, I assumed that meant that any additional licenses I purchase for the STANDARD edition could be had for the 50% discount....well, apparently that assumption is wrong according to Telerik. It doesn't seem to matter that I PURCHASED
the license...the license resides IN MY
account...and that I take full ownership and responsibility
for the license.
Developers/Resellers don't get credit and is not eligible for the 50% discount in this case... bummer.
Anyway, getting back to the price tag of $2000... is that a lot for SF 4.0 Standard edition? Well, it might be a little on the high side, but that doesn't bother me too much to list it at that. Will client's pay that amount?? Not everybody (and I would venture to say not many). Will SOME pay that amount? SURE. Some will. Here is the underlying problem though.... THAT IS ABOUT ALL THEY WILL PAY. There is NO ROOM for developers to make any money for the majority of projects in this space. Yes, there will be the occasional deep pocketed client that can fund a large dev project, but those are far and few between and certainly not what the average developer using Telerik controls/Sitefinity runs their business banking on. I'm not sure who Telerik is actually targeting with SF 4.0. Maybe they think they can get the marketing folks at companies to spend $2000 and SF 4.0 turns them into .NET gurus overnight with the ability to customize their site in the same way seasoned developers could....I'm not sure. But, it sure doesn't seem like the developers are at the forefront in the model.
The other issue that developers (especially news ones to the platform) will have is the "trial license" model. A lot of developers (again, especially new ones), will take much longer than 30 days to become familar with SF from a technical standpoint. Yet, if they looking to hone their skills for a client demo of some customization, or just to contribute to the SF Marketplace with some controls... they are NOT able to when their trial license expires (assuming they are doing something that cannot be had in the most basic community edition). I know that is a big frustration point. I just don't understand why developers would be cut off in this regard. It seems Telerik should find a way to embrace new developers to their platform (and keep them more than a couple weeks).
I'm sure Telerik reads our comments and takes things into consideration, but I don't know how much of a difference it is really going to make. They seem pretty set in stone on a lot of these problems. I have said this to some of the Telerik folks before... "Developers drive the business (ANY software platform related business). Telerik OF ALL people should know this."