Recently I came across two sites that help programmers sell source code - binpress and codecanyon. Anyone have experience/success with sites like these?
Would you use them again? What was good about them? What was bad about them?
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I think the problem with purchasing random snippets of code is that you really have NO idea what you're getting; you could be buying a complete piece of crap.
Programming is not like design or photography, and I do not see an iStockPhoto-type solution working in our industry. With iStockPhoto, You get what you preview, and that is that. With programming however, you cannot preview the source, nor do you have much of a guarantee on the functionality of the code.
I've seen way to many horrible pieces of code floating around the net for me to think I would use such a system.
The prices that the software is being sold at only makes sense (for the seller) if you live in a third world country OR if you think your component will sell thousands of copies. Just look at the prices...the ones I've seen are between $10 and $100. If your component only sells a handful of copies you're losing money, guaranteed.