Veeam Sucks and Is Bad for Everyone: The Unjust Anti-Competitive Nature of Freemium Models

In this post let me vent a bit about how unjust the anti-competitive nature of the freemium model really is. You don’t have to be a Marxist or socialist to agree that the freemium model can be abused by large companies in a way that creates disservice to society. In a functioning capitalist system it’s important to ensure that there is a level playing field and that large companies don’t suppress the small companies unfairly.

Alright, let’s break it down like a 23-year-old uni student might, diving into why the whole “free now, pay later” vibe in tech and services is kinda sus:

What’s the Deal with Freemium?

So, everyone loves free stuff, right? And that’s exactly what a bunch of app and service makers bank on with this thing called a freemium model. It’s like, “Hey, get hooked on our basic version without spending a dime, and when you’re all in, BAM, hit ’em with the premium fees.” At first glance, you’re thinking, “Sweet, free stuff!” But then you start to see the cracks. It’s like there’s this whole dark side to the freebies that doesn’t quite sit right, especially when you think about what it does to the little guys trying to make it in the market.

Big Fish Eating the Small

Imagine this: You’ve got these massive companies throwing out their services for free. How’s a small startup supposed to compete with that? It’s like showing up to a potluck with homemade brownies and finding out the person before you brought free pizza for everyone. The big companies basically use their deep pockets to play king of the hill, making it super tough for newer, possibly cooler startups to get any attention.

Choices Getting Slim

And here’s the thing – when the big names dominate with their freebies, we kind of get funneled into choosing them by default. It’s like going to a music festival and only the main stage has free water. Even if there’s a better band playing on a smaller stage, you’re gonna think twice because, well, free water. This means smaller companies with potentially better stuff might not even get noticed.

Innovation? What Innovation?

The whole rush to rack up users with free stuff means companies might not bother to actually innovate. Why create something groundbreaking when you can just lure more users with the basics for free? It’s like if all musicians just stuck to playing cover songs because that’s what gets the crowd. Where’s the new, exciting stuff gonna come from?

Feeling Stuck

Ever tried switching from an app you’ve been using for ages because you found something better, but it felt like breaking up with a long-term partner? That’s the lock-in effect. Freemium models often make it a pain to switch, kinda trapping you because moving all your stuff over to a new platform is just… ugh.

The “It’s Free! Psych, It’s Not” Thing

The worst part is getting comfy with a free service and then finding out that sticking with it is gonna cost you big time. Like, surprise, that free app now wants your firstborn because you need one more feature that’s behind a paywall. It’s not just annoying; it feels like betrayal.

When Free Isn’t Really Free

Think about it: if everyone’s giving away stuff for free, how do the smaller players who charge reasonable prices stay afloat? It’s like if every other cafe started giving away free coffee. How’s the little local spot that makes the best hand-drip gonna survive?

So, What Now?

Despite the initial allure of freemium models, they’ve got a bunch of issues, from squashing competition to stifling real innovation. It’s all about drawing a line between getting users on board and keeping the marketplace fair and exciting.

The real deal is to question the freebies: Why are they free? What’s the catch? It’s not just about the instant gratification of getting something for nothing. We’ve got to consider the bigger picture, like what it means for competition, innovation, and value. So, is freemium bad for the economy? Well, it’s complicated. It kind of depends on how it’s used and who’s playing the game. But one thing’s for sure: nothing’s ever truly free.

The solution is simply to reflect on and investigate, for yourself, the hidden agenda behind the “free” offering: why would a company give out free things? It’s not just the free publicity that may be gained. So then, is the freemium strategy generally bad for the economy? I think it depends on how it’s being used and by whom.

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