postcardware


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postcardware

Shareware that borders on freeware, in that the author requests only that satisfied users send a postcard of their home town or something. (This practice, silly as it might seem, serves to remind users that they are otherwise getting something for nothing, and may also be psychologically related to real estate "sales" in which $1 changes hands just to keep the transaction from being a gift.)
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There are several variations-"careware" or "charityware," where the author requests some donation to a favorite worthy cause; "crippleware," which is either time-limited or deliberately has some key functionality left out of the software in order to entice the user to pay; "guiltware," where the user is beseeched with exhortations about how hard the author worked on the program and deserves financial recompense in the form of your payment; "nagware," which usually displays a large screen at the beginning or end reminding you to register, typically requiring some sort of keystroke to continue so you can't use the software in batch mode; and "postcardware," in which the author asks you to send him a postcard in exchange for continued use of the software.