So, I’ve talked about it in a few places — Adamant’s sales being about 40% down from this time last year. A drastic drop that started in September.
I’m sure some of that is the economy, and some is the fact that our release schedule isn’t as aggressive as it was last year….but now I’ve found another contributing factor to our sales slump — Apparently, someone has created a bittorrent of a bunch of our stuff, uploaded (you guessed it), about 2 months ago.
According to a couple of the torrent sites, the torrent has been downloaded more than 200 times in the past 2 months, which I’m sure has contributed to the downturn in actual sales. I’m sure that most of those folks were never going to be customers — they just like free stuff — but a few of them might have been.
This is the first time in the 5 years that Adamant has been in operation that I’ve found our stuff being pirated. I guess that means that we’ve “made it.”
Tell you what: If you’re reading this, and you’re one of the folks who downloaded the torrent, and you liked the stuff you got, feel free to drop a donation in the tip jar (if you didn’t download, but feel like tipping anyway, that’s cool too):