I’ve pulled together a short list of the absolute best bundle sites for those of you interested in finding great deals on software, creative assets, games, and music. Specifically, these bundle sites have been chosen because they offer either deeply discounted bundles that are not average or a pay what you want sort of pricing structure that allows bundled packages to be purchased on a sliding scale according to what you think is fair. It’s a bit unorthodox and much more hard to come by than your standard price slashing deal sites, so they indeed are worthy of their own list…regardless of how short a list it makes.
Just to clarify: “pay what you want” or “name your price” means that you are able to purchase goods on a sliding scale rather than at a fixed price. Sometimes this can mean literally choosing your own price mark. Other times it means choosing from a set of pre-selected price points that will often each offer a slightly differing content package. Precisely how such a pricing structure works may vary depending on the site, the product contributors, promotions, and other factors in play. So, understand that the following list contains a number of sites that offer bundled content that meets some form of sliding scale structure on select packages. You’ll find different offerings on each site, but their similarity is in bundle offerings that are often posted for a limited time as some form of pay what you want price scale.
If you prefer free, some of these sites also offer terrific limited time freebies – so look for those! And – See my long list of the Ultimate Creator’s List of the Best CC0 Download Sites if you Really like free stuff.
Find awesome “Pay What You Want” digital bundles here – just navigate to the “Bundles” section and browse. Once you find a bundle you like, you’ll be presented with options – depending on what you choose to pay, from only a dollar to $15 or more, you’ll unlock and gain access to a certain number of pre-selected bundle content.
From the site: “Humble Bundle sells games, eBooks, software, and other digital content. Our mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices.” Navigate to the “About” section of their site to learn more about how purchases support charity, humble partners, and the history of Humble Bundle.
Stack Social is an online store that deals in physical as well as digital goods in a variety of categories – including software, gadgets, lifestyle products, and courses. What is most interesting about stack social is not just their variety of shopping content, but their bundles. In navigation, hover over “Shop” and then click on “Pay what you want.” Here you will find a number of interesting finds, including software bundles and subscription based content, available for any price – starting at just $1. In the navigation, you will also find sections for Course Bundles, Freebies, and Giveaways. In the free section you’ll find a number of instantly available free bundles – all you have to do to gain access is give a share on social media. Very cool.
Note: There are a number of identical stores to this one online. You may know them by SourceForge, PC World, and others.
At Story Bundle you will discover quality indie books written by indie authors. They offer a number of limited time bundles that contain pre-selected indie authored books within a common theme. You can purchase these bundles on a “pay what you want” scale. To get any bonus offerings, you must meet the current payment threshold on the bundle. There’s no DRM on any of the books purchased here and you have the option of donating a portion of your purchase price to charity. Sweet!
Gamers will love the bundle selections on this site. At navigation, click on Bundles – you’ll find a number of themed groupings starting anywhere from a dollar. Some will be pay what you want by choosing a tier while others will be deep percentage discounts (up to 99%). You can even build your own bundle here.
Bundles, courses, software, themes, graphics, and more. Though it’s not exactly a “pay what you want, sliding scale” sort of system on this site, it still qualifies to be on this list because of the deep discount offers on bundles and more. You’ll find bundles worth hundreds of dollars for as low as $5 – so it’s worth a look, especially for creatives. Also, they offer a completely free download section where you can grab free elements such as fonts and mockups for use in personal and perhaps even commercial projects. Be sure to always check license details.
Note: For sites similar to Mighty Deals, be sure to see my rundown for Where to Find High Quality Limited Time Free Creative Elements.
Here you can find limited time bundles of various digital media provided by community collaborators. Each bundle has a minimum purchase price, some as low as only $1.
From the site, “Groupees is a unique online and mobile platform for distribution of digital media, including games, comics, eBooks and music, with real-time social features so users can share their passions with like-minded people from around the World. ”
I hope you’ve found this list useful and that you are able to snag some fantastic deals. Let me know in the comments if you know of any other name your price or limited time bundle sites that are worth mentioning here. And be sure to share the list so others can find great deals on software, games, books, and more!
You may also want to check out this list of Where to Find High Quality Limited Time Free Creative Elements.