WheresTheDog wrote:o.k. I know I'm not a current RetailEdge customer, but I've just got to ask because I really, really, really dislike dongles of either the hardware or software variety.
The software variety invariable mess up something major with the OS itself or have major conflicts with other software as it tries to be "hardware".
With the hardware variety, I'm more concerned about if they die, we're out of business until a replacement is received.
Why can't there be some sort of activation code, much like most software makers have gone to? I understand you've got to figure out the problem of how do you prove someone is just doing a re-install on an existing or replacement computer instead of adding a new computer with the same code.
Maybe make it so two or more copies of RetailEdge that are networked together will not function if they have the same code? Also, you could have the code tied to specific information about the company who purchased the software so if someone does "share" their code with a "friend" they have to enter the same company info at their store which would end up printing out on their receipts.
Well, that solves 2 of the 3 problems I can think of. Now what to do with those businesses who have more than 1 store, but only need 1, un-networked register at each store? I think that likelihood is pretty low. I would think if someone has more than 1 store they would want to network the registers together instead of having to enter every item and bit of information over and over.
I don't see why anyone would want to rip you guys off and pirate RetailEdge as your software is quite affordable.
Anyway, just an idea. I don't think the dongle will be something that prevents me from choosing to go with RetailEdge, if that's ultimately what we end up doing, but it will be something in the back of my mind that I'll worry about.
These are some of the reasons we implemented it this way. And most people have not had a problem with it. The few that I am aware of that had a problem with it, did not understand how it worked, were trying to run multiple copies without paying for them, or philosophically did not agree with the dongles.
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