The free mindset
When Google displays some popular search completion options to almost any inquiry, it almost always has the word free attached. People who still have hope and optimism in their hearts apparently search for free versions of anything and everything. You might think this applies to software only but on Google, it’s not judging you, presumably.… Read More »

The free mindset

When Google displays some popular search completion options to almost any inquiry, it almost always has the word free attached. People who still have hope and optimism in their hearts apparently search for free versions of anything and everything. You might think this applies to software only but on Google, it’s not judging you, presumably.

People search for free dentistry or free home repair. Free car insurance. Like I said, anything and everything. I do it too. I mean why wouldn’t you search for the possibility of free first. There actually are a lot of free things offered on the Internet. At least there used to be.

The problem is there are a lot of things that are not free online too, but they figured out your habits. Most things are not free, nor should they be. I understand this, but it still doesn’t stop me from having hope. Naturally what happens in this sort of situation is the people making things adapt. They include the word free in their product pages so they don’t get left out of the majority of searches.

Free becomes so over-used, it no longer means free. Hacks like “free to join” or “sign up for free” take over and you can no longer find anything actually free. I understand how and why this happened, but it makes me sad because so often my needs for anything are going to be short term. With a limited budget and attention span I can’t afford to invest in everything, knowing I probably won’t care about it next week.

Free trials exist but their practicality is focused on seeing if the software sucks or suits your needs rather than being functional beyond a few uses. Very few free program trials are actually useable. 

I like to play with discoveries. My interest come and go and I want to try new things. If I had to buy everything, I’d be paying thousands of dollars s month…or a year.

I offer no solutions. Just a rant. Life changes and old people like me grunt and complain. That’s just the way it is… She I fully understand people deserve to be paid

 

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