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    Would you pay for a screensaver

    Hi,

    I am running a screensaver site and are trying to figure out how big percentage that would be willing to pay for a screensaver.

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    I doubt people would unless the screensavers were specifically tailored for them.

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    It's diffenetly not something i would pay for. The only time my screen saver is on is when I'm out of the house, and most of the time, I turn the monitor off anyway. And this screen saver is the United Devices, fight against Cancer thing for SitePoint

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    same answer as dhtml, i use the UD screen saver, i couldnt care less about it... just as a side note and very off topic... i got 187 hits on ud 2 days ago!!!

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    I never use a Screensaver, I think they're anoying =)

    I just turn my monitor of as well, saves power too =)
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    I wouldn't pay for a screen saver but I think that some companies would if they could get one designed for them.

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    I turn off my monitor... and when I don't my computer does it for me.

    Once thing you might offer is a sorta cafe press like service... If you could possibly allow people to custom tailor a screen saver as a promotional tool I can see you selling that service.

    Don't sell the screen saver... sell the customization and design service.
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    my monitor is set to power down before the ss kicks in...besides, 3d flower box rules
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    Same here. I keep my monitor off when I am not using it.

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    Screensavers are not high on my priority list.
    Besides, there are many free ones in addition to the ones that come with the OS.

    Maybe some people would pay for a customized one with their kids photo
    for their office pc for example, or as Marina said custom-made
    screen savers to promote corporate identity.

    Johan, since you run a screensaver site why don't you poll your visitors?
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    hilda,

    I will post a poll on my site, but I my visitors is very targeted so I don't think their oppinions would give me a good picture on how large percentage of the internet users that actually would be willing to pay for a screensaver.

    Most of you (allmost 90%) wouldn't pay for a screensaver. But the 10% who would pay for a screensaver (if it is good enough) is enough for making an income selling screensaver.

    Thanks for you replies!

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    Originally posted by Johan Malmberg
    hilda,

    I will post a poll on my site, but I my visitors is very targeted so I don't think their oppinions would give me a good picture on how large percentage of the internet users that actually would be willing to pay for a screensaver.
    Your visitors are all that matter. Probably nobody here would buy one, it doesn't interest us. The majority of us can create our own screen saver, so why in the world would we buy one?

    Once you ask a group of people who are interested in that sort of thing, you'll get a much better response.

    I ran into the same situation with desktop wallpaper. About 15% of my traffic would buy a membership. That 15% is enough to pay the bills and make some profit.
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    Agree ...

    I would have to agree with Marina. There are too many really good free screensavers out there, but, if I were a big company with oodles of cash, I may pay out to have a company screensaver made.

    Screensavers, themes, wallpapers and other desktop enhancements should remain freeware in my opinion. You never though! Some people have more money than they know what to do with!
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    Re: Agree ...

    Originally posted by MediaOhgr
    I would have to agree with Marina. There are too many really good free screensavers out there, but, if I were a big company with oodles of cash, I may pay out to have a company screensaver made.

    Screensavers, themes, wallpapers and other desktop enhancements should remain freeware in my opinion. You never though! Some people have more money than they know what to do with!
    They cost somebody money for production and distribution. Everything isn't free. I'm losing money from my wallpaper website.
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    I wouldn't pay for one, when I can knock one up myself

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    No offense, but the screensaver we publish are much more advanced than photo slideshow screensaver thta anyone can create. Our developers has 20 years of programming experience and have spent weeks on each screensaver. For example, our Mountains screensaver (can be found at www.liscreensavers.com )is more advanced than many games.

    Our niche is more advanced screensaver and we beleive there is a market for them.

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    Sure, the screensavers are cool, but who looks at a screensaver?

    The idea is that the screensaver is on while you are away from your computer. Personally, I wouldn't pay for something that I see for a few seconds a day, if that.

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    I usually have two computers running, so I like to have a catchy screen saver on them. The one's that come with Linux distro's or even a full screen winamp visualization do the job for the moment and are free.

    It would really have to be an amazing screen saver.. I like things that look hi-tech, if I ever saw one that appeared to have come from the year 4000 I might just buy it!
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    Obviously the keyword here is NOPE. Escpecially since there are tons of FREEBIE ones.

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    Originally posted by Johan Malmberg
    No offense, but the screensaver we publish are much more advanced than photo slideshow screensaver thta anyone can create. Our developers has 20 years of programming experience and have spent weeks on each screensaver. For example, our Mountains screensaver (can be found at www.liscreensavers.com )is more advanced than many games.

    Our niche is more advanced screensaver and we beleive there is a market for them.
    Johan, I'm not doubting your ability, I'm sorry if it came across that way. I can make screensavers to suit my needs, and therefore wouldn't pay for one. I imagine the ones you create are a hell of a lot better than what ever I can do.

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    Anyone remember the flying toasters screen saver? In the old days you did have to pay for a decent screensaver but now there are so many good free ones available.
    I agree though, there must be a market for corporate screensavers out there.


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    I don't even use a screen saver, I just have my monitor shut off after 15 minutes of the screen being idle.

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    I don't know.

    If it was something really great I might, but my instincts tell me no.

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    There once was a company that came up with the idea to sell advertising with screensavers.

    The deal was that you get paid for letting these screen savers run on your computer. The ads would contain a link to the advertising site so you could click if you were interested.

    To get back to the computer, you just pushed ESC or clicked the X.

    You'd cycle through the diferent ads and when you were finished, you could download the next screen saver. This ensured that you didn't need to be connected to the net all the time.

    Not sure why they never followed through, but I think it would be easier to make money selling ads on screensavers than to try to get people to buy them.

    Just a thought.

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    In my mind, screensavers are for when you are not at your computer for long peroids of time. I think I would look at selling accessories that fit around, or sit on the monitor. Post-it notes, toys, pictures... How many monitors have you seen that do not have anything on them? Sell them something that will hold these items instead.
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