Name your own price for a Mac software bundle

For as little as a buck, you can get six handy Mac apps. Beat the average, however, and you'll get three more. And 10 percent goes to charity!

Pay as little as buck to get six apps, or beat the average to get all nine.
Pay as little as buck to get six apps, or beat the average to get all nine. StackSocial

Here's something you don't see every day: a Mac software bundle.

Here's something you don't see, well, ever: a Mac software bundle that lets you choose how much you want to pay.

The StackSocial Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle includes nine Mac apps with a combined value of $340. It's up to you whether you want to pay a buck, $10, $39.23, or something else entirely.

There is, however, a slight catch: If you pay less than the average buy-in price ($11.92 as of this writing), you'll get only six of the programs. To get all nine, you'll have to beat the average (i.e. pay at least $11.93). I should note that in the time I spent writing about this deal, the average jumped twice, and by over a dollar total. You Mac folks really do like to pay for stuff!

One other catch: you must register with StackSocial if you want access to the bundle. That means providing your name, e-mail address, and a password -- or signing in via your Facebook account. Of course, you have to supply most of the same information when you buy anything from anywhere, so that's hardly a deal-breaker. I just find it a bit annoying that you have to register before you can even look at the bundle.

The NYOPMB comes with Web-design app MacFlux 4, auto-text tool Typinator, file manager ForkLift 2, file-recovery utility MacCleanse 3, and various other apps you can read about on the site.

Like all good bundles, this one donates a portion of its proceeds to charity -- in this case 10 percent of your purchase price. And you can choose which organization gets that 10 percent: Charity:Water, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or Stand Up to Cancer.

It's worth noting that there are no refunds on this bundle, which will be available for the next 15 days.

Personally, I think this is a slam-dunk no-brainer must-buy, especially if you pony up the $12 or so to get the full bundle. Even at $20, this would be a steal on some worthwhile Mac apps.

 

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