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Tony Thomas | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 1 2014 1:28 PM

Bob said that only .1% of all Logos users are paying users, why doesn't Logos offer more low cost package options?  At almost $300, Starter isn't that cheap for a lot of people.  And there is a big gap between that and Bronze.  There is no original language package to compete with Bible Works (mid $300 range).  I think that Logos could gain more paying users if they allow more options at the bottom of the scale.  For example, I started with Logos via a MacArthur package (Libronix) that cost under $30 at Sam's Club.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 1:37 PM

Tony Thomas:
why doesn't Logos offer more low cost package options?

My guess would be that at a low cost package level there is too much variety in what people want. Logos is open to affordable custom packages for small groups.

If I recall correctly, my first base package was under $100 ... which says a great deal about how long I have been a customer.

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Erik | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 1:51 PM

Tony Thomas:

Bob said that only .1% of all Logos users are paying users, why doesn't Logos offer more low cost package options?  At almost $300, Starter isn't that cheap for a lot of people.  And there is a big gap between that and Bronze.  There is no original language package to compete with Bible Works (mid $300 range).  I think that Logos could gain more paying users if they allow more options at the bottom of the scale.  For example, I started with Logos via a MacArthur package (Libronix) that cost under $30 at Sam's Club.

Tony, there is a Biblical Languages package but you must be a student on academic pricing to have it available to you. https://www.logos.com/product/27551/biblical-languages

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 1:51 PM

Variety of needs is part of it.  Personally I sort of started with eBible Discover edition--sort of because I installed that first, but had ordered ABD already...  I do wonder if I would have become a user today with current offerings.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 2:18 PM

Bob's answered that question here: http://community.logos.com/forums/p/9906/83901.aspx#83901 

Bob Pritchett:

Offering $20 products identifies people who'll spend $20. Few (if any) of these people ever upgrade.

Offering a $250+ package identifies people who care enough to invest "real money", and they come back and upgrade, buy more books, etc. at a much higher rate.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 2:45 PM

As I mentioned before another company offers there program a modern bible dictionary and modern one volume commentary and the ESV tied to greek/ hebrew with a few dozen other older works for $49. I wish logos would do the same.. one person pointed out that faithlife is sort of Logos entry Bible, but it is not an ideal thing for a starter package. I also wonder if there are many people like me out there. I signed up to Logos with 3 emails purposely to see what one can get for base Verbum mobile and faith life mobile. So while i may have a large library I account for 2 other logos accounts which never purchased anything. I still feel Logos could offer such a starter pack, like the above to gain new users. A lot of people would be content just having the New Bible Commentary and Eerdmans Bible Dictionary and the ESV tied to hebrew greek with basic lexicons.  But most would add things on, even if it is just the odd resource here and there it can add up.

I am not going to mention the company because anyone wanting it can locate it fast enough. This is not about saying X has a great value, but in saying Logos needs something like this.

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Now I realize that there is there a lot of classic items with little value but my guess is while half the people who buy that may say it is enough, I would bet most end up at least buying their favourite translation (assuming it is not the ESV or KJV) and possible a devotional work or two, maybe even their favourite Study Bible. Logos is a beautiful gem, but while it is not too hard to convince someone of making a $50 investment, it can be very hard to convince them to spend $250 even if it has a money back guarantee.

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 2:46 PM

Tony Thomas:

Bob said that only .1% of all Logos users are paying users, why doesn't Logos offer more low cost package options?  At almost $300, Starter isn't that cheap for a lot of people.  And there is a big gap between that and Bronze.  There is no original language package to compete with Bible Works (mid $300 range).  I think that Logos could gain more paying users if they allow more options at the bottom of the scale.  For example, I started with Logos via a MacArthur package (Libronix) that cost under $30 at Sam's Club.

(You misunderstood the 1% comment but the point is made)

There are still a few Nelson eBible titles being sold that will get you into entry level Libronix that can be upgraded to Logos 5.  I don't mean out of print stuff but current offerings. Then there are the free FaithLife Bible and other free stuff that Bob is probably referring to as the unpaid customers' choice. If I were advising someone on a restricted budget to buy into Logos I would suggest they get the free stuff and add the AMG Bible Essentials and add-on Bible versions of their choice.

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Robert Harner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 2:48 PM

In the '90s I had 3 Logos Library System 2 products. They were bought separately and I never linked them to a company called Logos. Eleven or twelve years ago I saw a Bible software program in a Christian bookstore, seems like it was titled "Family . . . " something or another. It cost somewhere around $125. I decided to take a chance. Logos Bible Software Series X Libronix. Without that package I probably would not have bought another Logos product except the few eBooks collections I found at Sams a long time ago. I now have 15.7K+ resources. Seems to me the "Family . . . " in the store paid dividends for Logos.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 2:49 PM

Mark Barnes:

Bob's answered that question here: http://community.logos.com/forums/p/9906/83901.aspx#83901 

Bob Pritchett:

Offering $20 products identifies people who'll spend $20. Few (if any) of these people ever upgrade.

Offering a $250+ package identifies people who care enough to invest "real money", and they come back and upgrade, buy more books, etc. at a much higher rate.

I do understand that it is just frustrating to have to point people elsewhere when they want a good yet inexpensive way to start into computer Bible study.

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 3:03 PM

Mark Barnes:

Bob Pritchett:

Offering $20 products identifies people who'll spend $20. Few (if any) of these people ever upgrade.

Offering a $250+ package identifies people who care enough to invest "real money", and they come back and upgrade, buy more books, etc. at a much higher rate.

 Makes one wonder why FaithLife came out with the free stuff. I guess we needed to identify the 90% that won't upgrade.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 3:38 PM

Tony Thomas:
Bob said that only .1% of all Logos users are paying users, why doesn't Logos offer more low cost package options?

In a sense they do with Vyrso and Faithlife. 

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Tony Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 3:39 PM

Erik:

Tony, there is a Biblical Languages package but you must be a student on academic pricing to have it available to you. https://www.logos.com/product/27551/biblical-languages

Wow, $750!  Really??  That is 2X the price of Bible Works!  Didn't the old Original Languages package cost less than $450.

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Tony Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 3:54 PM

There doesn't seem to be an effective and economical "bridge" between the free mobile versions and the computer versions of Logos.  In the past, I have encouraged folks to get the cheap Nelson CDs and some of the other Libronix offerings (like MacArthur, etc.) to get started.  Then, they could run it on the free version of Logos 4/5 and get a feel for the platform.  

Today, $295 is the entry point and the Basic package does not look all that compelling to my eyes. Logos should have a the $99 to $199 range with fewer resources.  They could use the Faithlife Study Bible as the centerpiece and fill it out with public domain warhorses and some of their Lexham stuff with some Vyrso books thrown in.  Even if they don't make as much margin on such a package, I believe that it can serve as a magnet to get more people into the platform.

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Erik | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 3:57 PM

Tony Thomas:

Erik:

Tony, there is a Biblical Languages package but you must be a student on academic pricing to have it available to you. https://www.logos.com/product/27551/biblical-languages

Wow, $750!  Really??  That is 2X the price of Bible Works!  Didn't the old Original Languages package cost less than $450.

To be fair, the price for students is actually considerably less once Dynamic or Academic Discount is applied.  I think I ended up paying about $100 for it last year. 

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Tony Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:00 PM

Erik:

Tony Thomas:

Erik:

Tony, there is a Biblical Languages package but you must be a student on academic pricing to have it available to you. https://www.logos.com/product/27551/biblical-languages

Wow, $750!  Really??  That is 2X the price of Bible Works!  Didn't the old Original Languages package cost less than $450.

To be fair, the price for students is actually considerably less once Dynamic or Academic Discount is applied.  I think I ended up paying about $100 for it last year. 

Why the huge difference in price?  I am sure a lot of non-academics would like to have a language tools package for less.

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Erik | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:05 PM

Tony Thomas:

Erik:

Tony Thomas:

Erik:

Tony, there is a Biblical Languages package but you must be a student on academic pricing to have it available to you. https://www.logos.com/product/27551/biblical-languages

Wow, $750!  Really??  That is 2X the price of Bible Works!  Didn't the old Original Languages package cost less than $450.

To be fair, the price for students is actually considerably less once Dynamic or Academic Discount is applied.  I think I ended up paying about $100 for it last year. 

Why the huge difference in price?  I am sure a lot of non-academics would like to have a language tools package for less.

My understanding is that if you are not eligible for the package, that the pricing reflects the full MSRP.  If you are a student and have a base package already and several of the resources, you are bound to pay less.  I already had many of the available volumes, so my cost was much lower. If you are a student and only rely on the Academic Discount, I think the cost is around $524.  It's of course much less if you already own some of the most expensive resources it contains, which I did.

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Tony Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:08 PM

Erik:

My understanding is that if you are not eligible for the package, that the pricing reflects the full MSRP.  If you are a student and have a base package already and several of the resources, you are bound to pay less.  I already had many of the available volumes, so my cost was much lower.

OK, that makes sense, then.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:13 PM

Tony Thomas:
Today, $295 is the entry point and the Basic package does not look all that compelling to my eyes. Logos should have a the $99 to $199 range with fewer resources.  They could use the Faithlife Study Bible as the centerpiece and fill it out with public domain warhorses and some of their Lexham stuff with some Vyrso books thrown in.

I agree. YesSmile

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Erik | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:15 PM

Tony Thomas:

Erik:

My understanding is that if you are not eligible for the package, that the pricing reflects the full MSRP.  If you are a student and have a base package already and several of the resources, you are bound to pay less.  I already had many of the available volumes, so my cost was much lower.

OK, that makes sense, then.

I keep expecting to see that Logos opens this up to non-students. I believe the issue was that the package simply doesn't sell well to non-students.  See Bob Pritchett's post in this thread: http://community.logos.com/forums/p/60280/430475.aspx#430475

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Tony Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:23 PM

I think they need something that competes well with BibleWorks.  They are still around so I think they must be selling something!  Big Smile

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