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A friend of mine recently attended a 'Champaign Lunch', where he was compelled drink as much fizzy stuff as he could between the first and last courses. In an ideal world we'd ask restaurant staff to tell us stories about fatties stuffing themselves at All You Can Eat places, but we recognise that our members don't all work in the catering trade, so for the rest of you - tell us something about abusing freebies. BTW: Bee puns = you fail.

(, Thu 8 Nov 2007, 14:16)
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How to build a software empire
Not me, but the MD of a moderately sucessful, mid-sized PC/console games publisher that I used to work for:
The cunning bloke worked out that people wouldn't take free shareware disks from computer fairs, because they thought "free = crap". So he loaded up on shareware disks and put adverts in the back of PC / Amiga / Mac mags, selling these disks for a couple of quid each.

He made litterally millions of pounds selling stuff that people wouldn't take as freebees, using some of his money to set up the afore mentioned software publisher.
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 13:28, 8 replies)
I'm going to show myself up as a real geek here...
We're talking Team 17 here aren't we?
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 13:30, closed)
not in this case
Nope, although we did publish one of their games...
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 13:32, closed)
Sensible Software?
If it was, nice one getting a job with one of the best!
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 14:16, closed)
I remember
an outfit called "Public Domain" that did exactly that, sold disks for £1 - £2 each of stuff that was free anyway. More paying for the disk than anything I suppose.
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 14:28, closed)
not sensi either
I'm going to stop saying yes or no to these, in case it's considered libelous...
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 14:31, closed)
It's only libel if it's not true
which calls your story into doubt.
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 15:18, closed)
Good point
Guess away. Winner gets one of my pubes in the post...

Though by the sounds of things, there's lots of companies that started this way...
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 15:23, closed)
on a semi-related issue
I once saw a guy on Smith St in Collingwood (or "Junkie Town" as we affectionately call it) walking down the street *trying* to give people money - a $50 note, I think. People were crossing the street to get away from him. (I didn't take the money either, keeping in mind that "if it seems too good to be true it probably is, and you're in Junkie Town so it's probably very dodgy".)
(, Mon 12 Nov 2007, 23:31, closed)

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