Thank you for writing the Do's and Don't's of Shareware Part I. As a shareware buyer, may I submit some relevent Do's and Don't's
that I impose upon myself? If so, I'll get straight to them:
I will buy from a developer I can communicate with.
I prefer to buy from a Macintosh-Only or a Macintosh-First developer.
I will "skip upgrade" to avoid too-frequent upgrade fees.
I will buy from a developer who will make it easy for me to pay him.
I will buy from a developer who will describe his product in one sentence.
I will buy software that comes with good documentation.
I will recommend good software to other Mackers.
I will consider properly beta testing a product if I am invited to do so.
I will ask questions about a developer and his products before I buy.
I will not buy from a developer who demands payment only thru a 3rd party payment firm.
I will not endure convoluted steps and requirements to pay a developer.
I will not buy from a developer who has ever abandoned a product.*
I will not buy from a developer whose product does not work.
I will not have demos on my Mac. Give me an adequate product description and I'll buy, give me a demo or crippleware and you'll never hear from me.
I will not buy products that require troubleshooting.
I will not buy a product that requires a dongle.
I will think twice before buying from a developer who puts IBM first (ie. "Windows and Mac")
I will not buy a product with an installer that modifies my system files (ie. the Finder Prefs file)
I will not buy a product with a deceptive installer.
I will not buy a product that has been inadequately beta tested.
I will not knowingly buy from a dishonest or unethical developer.
* Regretably, Apple is the only exception since Apple abandoned Hypercard and Claris Emailer.
Hope this is useful to you.