In a market where %90 of people use what a monopoly shoves down their blowholes its hard to avoid such a matter. I use 3 Macs, 2 Linux boxen, and a xp machine in my office. The only reason the xp machine is there is because the company that made the original billing software we use went with winblows instead of Mac, Linux, BSD, therefor attempting to FORCE us to spend $300 on a peice of crap OS. I choose to use a pirated copy because im not wasting $300 of my hard earned money that I could spend on a car payment.
Reloading windows on customers machines is a whole different argument. Win98 is out of support. No more security updates. Do you tell the customer, hey you have to spend $300 on the OS, and I charge $50 to load it... And anothyer $400 for Office 2003.. all on a $150 PIII? Heck no. They will just go down the street to your competitor which WILL load a pirated copy costing the customer $65 instead of $750. Pirating software is only Pirating it if you BELIEVE in capitolism. I believe in making a living, putting food on the table, and fairness for everyone. Not living like a rich bufoon who cares only about himself, and his monopoly. Thats what seperates the saved from the damned.
The previous parent speks of charging 50 cents for a bolt and 500 to fix it. I would actually charge 50 cents for the bolt, and $50 to put it on. That sounds pretty damn fair to me. It doesn't matter if it was on a BMW or a 20yr old Chevy. That means repeat customers wether they are rich or poor. Fairness, and equality. Hopefully one day it will return to society, instead of being outsourced like everything else is now.