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Le 2010-10-31 05:35, Monfort Florian a écrit :

Marc Paré said: retail sales.

However, we do have to be careful not to alienate users who will later
find out that the distro is a free download. They would need some kind
of great value for their money .. as you said support package; clipart;
manual etc. This would obviously require creating a worldwide helpdesk
system. I am not quite sure if this would satisfy this user who would
have paid at the retail level even with all of the perks....
I have another idea. I see on all French distributors in the "magazine"
section magazines specialised with a specific distribution ( Fedora or
OpenSuse or ubuntu etc ... ). These provide one CD or DVD with the
distro, some additional packages. The content of the magazine is always
a basic explanation of the installation, use etc ...

Why couldn't we do the same for LibO ? These magazines costs only about
9€ ... Which I don't know what's the equivalent in dollars sorry !
But if they can do it with distros, maybe we can do it with a CD
containing the libO suite, and some softwares from our future partners ?

This is a way to show some visibility without the "formal" and "usually
expensive" Microsoft way to sell his own suite. I think people could
really be interested about it.

After reading these posts, I thought about OpenOffice-related stuff for sale and there currently is none. For instance, even though there is a book called " for dummies", I have never seen it in stores. - Selling LibreOffice CD in computer stores. It has to be really cheap or people will feel alienated. And if it is too cheap, it will be hard to convince Best Buy, Staples and other chains that they should sell a 10-20 $ CD rather than a 200-800 $ suite. - Magazines. It is probably something to try. 9 € is roughly 15 $, but I think our magazines sell more around 6 - 10 $. The main problem, however, is that I also think that magazines have mostly disappeared off the radar. They are seen by some as an expensive way to get very little information and most people in the know don't read them anymore because they look for information on the net. Or maybe I am simply too old for these magazines. - The glossy card in the computer box might be a very good trick to use. Or what about a poster that could be distributed to student co-ops?

For CDs or DVDs, I would suggest the LibO suite, one or two books (Getting Started and Writer in PDF format, for example) and a ReadMe file with important links.

Michel Gagnon
Montréal (Québec, Canada) --

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