ConversionThingy2: What does this cost?
There's no fixed price for ConversionThingy 2; as per the license, if you're using this exclusively for personal purposes, there's no cost at all. If you're using it for evaluation purposes only, there's no cost. But if you're
employing the software as part of an institutional shift to Moodle, and are deploying in a production environment
the files that were generated by ConversionThingy 2, you must make a
payment according to what the conversions are worth to you.
There's little out there to provide an absolute on what a conversion service should cost, but I'd
be happy to offer a couple of recommendations...
- $25/$15 per course - these figures represent a proposed fee for
conversion and my cut of that fee, respectively, according to a commercial
buy-out offer that I rejected in September 2010.
- $500 per K12 school - a flat rate
- $1000 per University Campus - a flat rate
- $1286.40 flat rate - this is the "doughnut rate"--what you would have paid had you bought me a coffee and a doughnut (@$2.68) for every hour of programming time
I put in during the first ten months of development.
If you're working with a per-course
valuation, enter the number of courses and the price per conversion. If you're
aiming for a flat rate, just put the number "1" in the number of courses and the
entire flat rate amount into the price per conversion field.
In the "Invoice Details" area, you should be entering the information that will
allow the program to generate an invoice.
Your Name - Enter your name so we can get in touch with you regarding the
Your E-mail - Enter your email so we can get in touch with you regarding
Your Telephone number - Your work phone number, please, so that we can
get in touch with you regarding the invoice
Billing telephone number - The phone number of your accounts
School or University name - The full, standard name of the institution on
behalf of which the invoice is being generated
Billing Address: The address of your purchasing/accounts payable office
Tax Exemption ID: If you've got one (and you should), please include it in the approrpiate field,
so that I don't find myself having to make up for taxes I've no particular
interest in collecting
Purchase Order #: If there's a purchase order number that you can tie to
the invoice it'll usually speed things up considerably and cut down on a whole
lot of telephone volleying.
And, finally, just beneath the summary of the billing rate you've selected,
there's a checkbox that you'll have to check in which you assert that you
understand that there are no guarantees that future conversions will work and,
moreover, that you have reviewed the conversions that have already been
Once everything is in order, click on the Generate Invoice button.
That will have the effect of constructing an invoice based on the option(s)
you've selected. Print a copy off and run it over to your purchasing office.