Another Broken Link in the Wall

Chris Rolliston recently blogged that the Mobile Pack for Delphi Pro is being discounted 50% until the end of March, so I thought I would check it out.  A percentage  doesn’t tell you anything because retailers sometimes mark up the product so they can discount it by 70% to attract buyers.

I went to Embarcadero’s site and clicked on the store link, thinking why would you ever buy from a reseller?  Then I clicked on the Buy Now link for XE5 and got a contact page.  I tried the Buy Now links for C++ Builder and RAD Studio and both of those work…

It just dawned on me….perhaps you buy from a reseller because they don’t have a tendency to have broken links ;-)

I finally found the pricing page for the offer and it might be tempting except that your require XE5.  I still don’t understand how EMBT can sell the Mobile Pack as a separate product when it is so tightly coupled to the version of Delphi.  What good is buying support for the Mobile Pack alone when the next version will likely require XE6 if the trend to date continues?  If you need to upgrade or buy both items and buy SA on both to keep a usable environment, then they are a single product IMHO.

2 Responses to “Another Broken Link in the Wall”

  1. Shane Holmes Says:

    Do yourself a favor and stay away from Mobile development with XE5. It is not the greatest. I think FireMonkey and/or mobile development in Delphi has a long way to go!

  2. Joseph Says:

    > I still don’t understand how EMBT can sell the Mobile Pack as a separate product when it is
    >so tightly coupled to the version of Delphi. … If you need to upgrade or buy both items and
    >buy SA on both to keep a usable environment, then they are a single product IMHO.

    Of course they’re organically a single product. In fact, they *were* a single product with XE2. Embarcadero chose to consider it a separate product so that they could charge $500 more for it and not give a mobile upgrade to those who owned XE2 plus SA. It was just a legal/accounting trick to maximize what they could charge.

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