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Article:
  The Do's and Don'ts of Shareware, Part 1
Subject:   Sales Data
Date:   2002-10-01 07:20:21
From:   sanford
Response to: Sales Data

Hi Jason,
The data was collected from both personal experience and from hundreds of conversations over the years with fellow shareware authors. Of course, sales figures are completely dependent on the product and its market. While many shareware titles will sell moderately well, some may never sell at all.
There isn't very much hard data out there. I think the best place to get this data would be from the payment processing services, and, well, they've got some pretty good reasons not to share it. (Confidentiality and Competition come to mind.)
And you're absolutely right! There's no rule that says that your idea has to be unique. Lots of shareware titles have competition.
Thanks for the feedback!