“Why is the Mac version of Family Tree more expensive than the Windows version?” I’ve read the question in the comments here and on Twitter. Here’s the scoop and thanks to GenealogyTools member Roger, the secret to a significant discount:
The Mac version price is higher because in bringing Family Tree Maker back to the Mac, Ancestry have had to pay to convert the program (a process called porting). They’ve got to pay for this expense and let’s face facts, Mac using genealogists are a tiny minority. That means the cost is spread across a much smaller group so the price will be higher.
We can complain, but it won’t do any good. We can refuse to buy it in protest, but that may simply lead to them leaving the market again. I think it’s better for us to have more competition. That’s why I welcome Family Tree Maker to the Mac.
On to the secret to a greater discount.
Using the ad I provided in the previous post will get you a 20% discount. Roger passed along a code in the comments on that post that will get you an additional 20% discount. To combine these discounts, click here, add Family Tree Maker to the shopping cart, click checkout, then enter the coupon code: G5JXTRY. I just tested this and it reduces the price to $44.77 USD.
In the interest of full disclosure and in case it isn’t apparent from the advertisements on this site, I use affiliate relationships to help defray the costs of providing the free services on GenealogyTools.com (so far it merely scratches the surface if you’re interested). If you buy a copy of Family Tree Maker for Mac through the provided link, Ancestry pays a small referral fee. Rest assured, I don’t let this color my impressions nor influence my recommendations.
In fact, I’m not recommending Family Tree Maker for Mac nor am I steering anyone away from it. I’m legally limited in what I can share about it at this time. When it ships I’ll have lots to share, but by then the pre-order price will expire. The discounts are a great way to save if you’re planning to buy anyway. If not, stay tuned for information that will help you decide.
That said, please don’t ever feel pressured to buy any of the products I cover. It’s entirely up to you.