When Will Alibre’s $99 Offer End?

As Alibre would have liked, there has been quite a bit of noise about their $99 offer. However, everyone can’t help wondering how long this offer will last. It looks like Alibre is keeping its options open by not specifying an expiry date for the $99 promotion.

A user on the Alibre forum wondered, “I guess the offer will end when V12 comes out”. To which Max Freeman, Alibre VP of Marketing replied, “It will not run longer than v12 – it may not run longer than the next 20 days.”

As an aside, in my earlier post I mentioned a tweet by Franco Folini calling Alibre’s $99 offer a “bad idea”. Just so that there are no misunderstandings, I am listing a comment posted by Franco on IntelliCAD.net. This is what Franco wrote:

“I just want to clarify my opinion. I deleted my tweet because it doesn’t properly describe my opinion and can be misleading. I believe that Alibre decision represent a strong change in their way to approach the market. My personal interpretation is that it’s a marketing decision rather than a sales decision. The purpose (I assume) is to attract attention to the Alibre product line. Differently from many other CAD systems in the low price segment, in my opinion Alibre Standard fully deserve every single dollar of the original $999 price. While it may not be easy for resellers to handle a low price product, for sure it is a unique opportunity for customers.”

  • John Williams

    I think Alibre’s gesture is a breath of fresh air in a self induldgent market place that is extremely overpriced. I think this is just exactly what this marked place needs. My only question is why has it taken so long for someone to realize that buying a large user base can benifit you probably more than raping you clients as an opening gesture. If they do this long enough I think that they might eat into some of the marketshare now owned by Autodesk and Bently.
    I use Autocad and Microstation both at various places but I would never pay their price for a personal copy and I don’t think very many others would either. I would however (and probably will) pay $99.00 for a legitimate copy of a full featured 3D package. If the standard version had push-pull editing capabilities I would have jumped at this offer the instant I saw it. Without that feature I am going to have to do a little more research simply because I am not familiar with Alibre’s products. Having said all of that, I know that I am going to take advantage of this offer because it is just too good to pass up.

  • John Williams

    I think Alibre’s gesture is a breath of fresh air in a self induldgent market place that is extremely overpriced. I think this is just exactly what this marked place needs. My only question is why has it taken so long for someone to realize that buying a large user base can benifit you probably more than raping you clients as an opening gesture. If they do this long enough I think that they might eat into some of the marketshare now owned by Autodesk and Bently.
    I use Autocad and Microstation both at various places but I would never pay their price for a personal copy and I don’t think very many others would either. I would however (and probably will) pay $99.00 for a legitimate copy of a full featured 3D package. If the standard version had push-pull editing capabilities I would have jumped at this offer the instant I saw it. Without that feature I am going to have to do a little more research simply because I am not familiar with Alibre’s products. Having said all of that, I know that I am going to take advantage of this offer because it is just too good to pass up.

  • JC

    This seems to be Alibre’s latest marketing ploy…
    It is far less shocking than last time, and should provide them with a much better qualified list of contacts, although smaller.
    It’s been 4 years already, and this time, they don’t hide who they are as part of the stunt.
    For a quick trip down memory lane, Google “X-CAD unmasked”…

    I doubt the rest of the industry sees this latest attempt as a “challenge”…
    -JC

  • JC

    This seems to be Alibre’s latest marketing ploy…
    It is far less shocking than last time, and should provide them with a much better qualified list of contacts, although smaller.
    It’s been 4 years already, and this time, they don’t hide who they are as part of the stunt.
    For a quick trip down memory lane, Google “X-CAD unmasked”…

    I doubt the rest of the industry sees this latest attempt as a “challenge”…
    -JC