Good points for all of you.
Windowblinds has changed into a different kind of product... depending on how you want to look at it.
No longer a group hobby oriented product.
There should be a new product fee design...
Make Windowblinds itself free to the casual user, license the skin creator through a fee if they sell it. If it is a free skin, then no charge Charge the skin creaters, then they can sell their master skin creations to recoup that cost. Windowblinds users would not feel they are being double charged. Master skinners would still get their money that they need, and a whole new generation of WB users would come from the free windowblinds. In fact, this whole model could be tested on only one Stardock product, windowblinds, which has the highest density of master skins. Similar free to play models, but in app purchases for those that want the better stuff. I call it: "Freemium"
Why not think outside the box to get more users. More users would end up with more buyers.
Another idea, would be a half off sale of all master skins every once in a while. Put a product on sale sometime. Increase number of sales might just be a good thing. Low sales now? Maybe... but more volume could over come that.
A free skin everyonce in a while from a master skinner may seem like a waste of time, but the exposure to get someone to try your product out could be just what the doctor ordered. Some do it. Although, they are not quite up to par with the pay ones. Premium skins are untestable, and really don't show the whole picture of what you can get unless you can try it out. "Gee, that skin looks cool!", buy it, but then come to find out that the skin bar edges are too big for your monitor... has some animation that doesn't look good, or something else that the master skinner has no control over for your particular setup. I have heard this one before "that feature isn't supported with your version of Windows". I like some of the master skins, but it's a gamble.
Maybe wincustomize can change things to where upgraded skins are simply upgraded and left where they were, not forced to the front of the skin que.
Thank you all for your work and creations.