SolidWorks Subscription Brainwave

Matt Lombard’s recent post got me wondering. According to a SolidWorks reseller, if a SolidWorks user lapses a maintenance contract for a year or more, he needs to pay a penalty equal to (Total Years Missed x $850) + Annual Subscription.

So if SolidWorks is penalizing customers who do not renew their subscription, it would make wonderful sense for them to reward those who see great value in their subscription program. Moments ago I was hit by a brainwave. Why not allow customers to purchase subscription in advance for future years. Applying similar logic used in the formula above, if a customer wants to purchase future subscription renewals he would get a fantastic discount equal to (Annual Subscription – $850) x Total Years Purchased. Sounds fair to me. What do you think?

Note: For those who haven’t got it yet, this post has sarcasm oozing from every word, punctuation mark and whitespace character.

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, SolidWorks does offer a 3 year subscription renewal at a discount.

    While not as steep a discount as you outlined (3 yr = $3,395 for std SW vs. 1 yr @ $1,295), but still a benefit for a multi year commitment.

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, SolidWorks does offer a 3 year subscription renewal at a discount.While not as steep a discount as you outlined (3 yr = $3,395 for std SW vs. 1 yr @ $1,295), but still a benefit for a multi year commitment.

  • Deelip Menezes

    I use the same “steep” discount as the “steep” fine that they are imposing on their customers.

    Anyways, sarcasm apart, I believe now is probably the worst time for them to piss their customers off. And it looks like they have realized that.

  • Deelip Menezes

    I use the same “steep” discount as the “steep” fine that they are imposing on their customers.Anyways, sarcasm apart, I believe now is probably the worst time for them to piss their customers off. And it looks like they have realized that.

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, are you aware that through the efforts of Matt Lombard and others, that SolidWorks has rescind their plan to impose increased fines for missed versions and lapsed subscription?

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, are you aware that through the efforts of Matt Lombard and others, that SolidWorks has rescind their plan to impose increased fines for missed versions and lapsed subscription?

  • Deelip Menezes

    Sure I am. And some people say that blogging is just a waste of time.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Sure I am. And some people say that blogging is just a waste of time.