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.