The Shareware on Sale website looks similar on first glance to established Internet services such as Giveaway of the Day or Glarysoft Giveaway. When you look closer, you will notice differences between those services though. The first is that Shareware on Sale lists multiple programs per day instead of just one like most other sites in the vertical do.
The second that not all software listed by it is free. You find free offers here usually, but also discounted shareware offers. Those are not the only differences though. If you dig deeper, you will notice that limitations that are imposed on users on other sites are not as strict.
Offers are for instance available for a prolonged period of time and not only 24 hours. Other benefits may include that the software may be used in a business environment, that free tech support is offered, or that updates are included as well as part of the deal.
The details page of each offer lists the terms and conditions clearly so that you know what each offer includes and what it does not include.
As far as offers go: the site lists eight offers today for instance. Two of the offers are free, while the remaining six offers are discounted and available for a price of $2.99 or $3.99. The two free programs on offer today are a video converter (which has been offered for free before in several occasions) and a program to create your own movies.
The past sales listing provides information about programs that have been on offer previously. This includes popular applications such as Wise Care 365 Pro, Ashampoo Movie Studio 2013, or FileMinimizer suite.
You do need to create an account before you can download free offers or purchase discounted ones. As far as information go, you are only required to enter your name, country, email address and password to do so. Free offers do not require you to enter any billing information such as credit card numbers which many users will certainly appreciate.
The order page lists the download link and serial number if required, so that you can go ahead and install the application on your system right away.
The service does not appear to use a wrapper installer of sorts it seems, at least not for the test downloads that I made.
You can subscribe to a newsletter or RSS feed to stay up to date and be notified about new offers when they go live on the site.
Shareware on Sale pushes the whole free software a day idea to the next level. Not only do you get more free and discounted offers as on other services of its kind, you also tend to get favorable conditions and terms more often than not.
The site could use a better layout, but that is not really something that most users will be too worried about as the content matters at the end of the day.
It remains to be seen how successful the concept will be, and how it will fare against the established sites that are out there.
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