Why does a T-shirt cost 2000 points when a $50.00 program costs only 300 points? Is it just due to shipping and handling costs?
MakeUseOf probably makes deals with the software developers, giving them a reduced wholesale price. In exchange for an article about the software/publicity.
That means that every point's worth 10 cents? Many would have been quite richer if that was so, isn't it Susendeep?
Well, points are not something you can compare with any form of currency. It is just a unit to show how much a user have contributed to the website. It is totally up to the admins to decide how much worth a reward is.
Another thing here is that a $50 program doesn't get shipped to your doorstep. It is practically quite expensive to send a T-Shirt to someone anywhere on the planet without shelling out more dollars. So that is pretty obvious that they would be more expensive.
But at the end of the day, earning points have become quite much difficult. So their 'value' should also increase, although it would be quite a great deal for those who joined earlier.
Typically,if you see and assume,150 points is equivalent to $15.Moreover,Makeuseof promises that it would ship to any part of the world.This costs money and they have to assume maximum cost they have to incur.
Partially it's that, yes. We also tend to treat out physical rewards as a special extra. With a software reward we just send you a key, but when we do a physical reward item like a T-Shirt, tablet or USB drive, it's something you can have in-hand in exchange for your contributions online.
So we think that's worth more points that normal, and it serves as a thank-you to our most active community members, who rack up so many points they've already grabbed all the software rewards they want!