Yet, if we take this to its logical - yet ridiculous - conclusion, virtually all software development would cease instantly. Not just 3D programs either. There would be only one of each app/utility ever created and that is it because “it is just too expensive to make things better.”.
Yes, that is a ridiculous conclusion. But it has nothing whatsoever to do with reality, nor the point I’m making.
People here can’t seem to comprehend this, and I can’t understand why. It’s simple. And I know if I state it a different way, or try to explain it further, people still won’t get it.
But I’ll try once more…
Let’s say you own a candy store. You do a good business selling candy, people like your candy, sometimes you have a line of people waiting to buy candy. It costs you $1,000 every week to make the candy to sell, and keep the store going. But your sales every week are $1,500. So you make a profit of $500 every week. Not bad.
However, you also like to bake. In fact, you like to bake cupcakes a lot more than you like to sell candy. So in your store you also have a display case over to the side where you sell cupcakes you’ve made. But for some reason those aren’t very popular. People buy the candy, but very few people buy the cupcakes. And it costs you $300 every week for the ingredients and stuff you need to make the cupcakes. But you only sell, at most, $100 worth of cupcakes every week. So every week you lose $200 on the cupcakes.
And on top of that, there are 3 very popular bakeries in town, and they sell much better cupcakes, with different flavors, at a fraction of the price, and everyone goes there.
Now, someone tells you that you should invest $5,000 to improve your display case, and the ingredients, and make them into super cupcakes. And have a bunch of different flavors. And then everyone will buy your cupcakes.
As a store owner, what do you do? Nobody buys your cupcakes now, they all buy cheaper and better cupcakes at the other stores. So do you take a risk and invest a lot of money in the hopes that suddenly everyone will want your cupcakes? And if you fail, you’ve not only lost the $5,000, but now you’ll be losing $400 every week on the cupcakes because you’re using more expensive ingredients.
It’s the exact same situation with DAZ and Carrara. The candy is the content they sell in their store. The cupcakes is Carrara.
You guys are telling DAZ, “spend $5,000 to make your cupcakes better, even though nobody buys them now”.
Now, on the other hand, IF you can figure out a way to make better cupcakes than the other bakeries, and sell them cheaper than the other bakeries, or provide something the other bakeries aren’t providing, then you might have an opportunity to find a niche market where people will buy yours over the bakeries. And in that case it might make sense to invest a lot of money in building that market. But can DAZ do that? Personally, I really, really doubt it. Though I’m sure you guys disagree.