Two Popular Mac Bundles Drawing to a Close

Mac software bundles are big business these days, and new ones seem to be cropping up on a regular basis. Spawned by the still-popular MacHeist in 2006, bundle software sales always generate a stir in the Mac user community.

Whether this is down to the excitement of gaining a bunch of software for a really low price, or in kickback to the often poor deals given to the developers, most Mac users have an opinion on the issue in one form or another.

Whichever camp you fall into, you’ll be interested to know that two popular Mac bundles are drawing to a close over the next few days.

The first is the MacUpdate September 2010 Bundle. This costs $49.99, and gives you twelve Mac applications including Toast, Concentrate, Espionage, Voila, and ShareTool.

The second is Bundleecious 2, a considerable cheaper alternative at only $9.99. The quality of applications of course also takes a slight hit, but there are some handy utilities on offer such as Cinch, Awaken, and Punakea.

Personally, I fall largely into the thought category of “It’s not a bargain if you don’t need it”. If you’re going to find almost all the apps in a bundle worthwhile, it’s a no-brainer purchase. On the other hand, if you only see yourself using one or two, head over to the developer’s site and buy them directly. You’ll give them a better deal, and support the software you really care about.

Which camp do you fall into? Are you a compulsive bundle purchaser, or do you tend to have second thoughts when your finger is hovering over the “Purchase” button? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!


  • IBeMe

    Being on a limited budget, I regularly check out what’s available at a discount from sites like MacUpdate and MacZot, and I’ve purchased bundles when software I’m interested in acquiring is available at a substantial discount. I’m definitely in agreement with the “it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it” position; however, sometimes getting one of two apps I can really use at a steep discount is worth it (and a significant savings) even if I won’t ever use most of the other stuff. The other benefit I can see from bundles is that it has introduced me to other products available from a developer–some of which I’ve gone on purchase at their usual price.

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      I suppose that’s a great benefit that people often overlook. Developers get people interested in their other apps, and also benefit from users paying to upgrade to new versions once they’re a regular user!

  • Jenny

    I bought 3 bundles recently, which felt like a good deal, because I was thinking about buying one or two of the apps anyway, and yes, I am on a tight budget as well.

    But what I really enjoyed about this was discovering apps that I would have never bought – or ever thought I would need or like them – otherwise, like the simple, but to me very useful Cinch, which comes with Bundleecious 2.

  • http://nataliaventre.com Natalia Ventre

    I have second thoughts, all the bundles I’ve seen around have only 1 product that I’m slightly interested. I rather spend more money on something I really need.

    IBeMe and Jenny mentioned they like the bundles to discover new apps, but I think it’s a waste of time, using the apps to see what they do… I prefer to read a review, I discover new apps here at appstorm. Installing/unistalling is very easy on Mac OS, but nevertheless, I feel it’s a waste of time.

  • http://twitter.com/kemsiro kemsiro

    same thing to me. but i found macupdate bundle ($49.99) is worth it since I found no better alternative for Toast which is normally $99. the rest of the bundle are worthless to me.

    • fractalfrog

      I agree that Toast is the only app worth while in the latest MU bundle and I was actually thinking about getting it until I realized that I can’t even remember the last time I actually needed to burn a disk ;-)

  • MJ

    Some bundles are worth buying as some apps are more expensive if bought alone. I bought bundleecious because I wanted cinch and adding $2 to get 6 more apps is worth it.

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      My argument would be that if you’re rarely going to use the six extra apps, it’d be worth channelling all your money to the two developers who have designed the apps that you’re really after. Gives them more of a reward for creating something you really value!

  • Victoria Long

    The way i view it is that the bundle sellers are providing the developers a marketing service, so when i purchase from a bundle 3 things happen; I am paying a developer, I am paying a marketer, and I am paying myself with the savings.

    Just spotted another new bundle kid on the block, so once again i see no argument strong enough to convince me not to once again support the big 3 (developer,marketer,me). :)

  • Christopher Anderton

    It’s not always cheaper per se. Most of the time the bundle versions don’t include updates, while buying from the developer and pay full price does.

    • Kat

      Exactly right. I have a few old apps from the last MacHeist. While a few of the developers included the updates, most didn’t so I pretty much have the latest build for a two year old version.

      I’d get really tempted to buy the bundle, especially if there’s one or two apps that I know I’ll really use. However, I usually try to look for a free or open source alternative. If I find one to my liking, then I stick with that. I guess I’m more practical.

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