This may be nothing more than Apple pushing their App Store by saying, "buy here, it's cheaper," but there are a handful of Mac Apps going for a good deal less than they typically do when you buy them by a traditional means, such as Apple's website or a retailer like Best Buy.
Let's take a look at some of those Apps right now:
1) iWork Suite
iWork contains Pages, Numbers and Keynote. The package will set you back $79 if you buy from Apple's website. You can also opt to buy the Family Pack, which is $99.
Now, if you look at the App Store pricing, each of those Apps will set you back $20 ($19.99) on the Mac for a total of $60 if you want to buy all three of the applications that make up the suite. Furthermore, we read earlier today that Apple's licensing agreement seems to say that you can use your software on any computer you own. That can eliminate the need for a family pack, but it's not completely clear how that works right now. Pages, Keynote and Numbers
Aperture runs for $199 on the App Store. iPhoto and Preview are enough for what we do, but some users need more out of their software, so they get Aperture. It's iPhoto on steroids, and only costs $79.99 on the App Store. A good chunk of change less than what you would have to pay for it in the past. Link
3) iLife '11
This one isn't a significant discount, but it's something. iLife used to run you $49, for a single user. The family pack was $79. Buying the three Apps that make it up here will set you back $45. A little less than the single user license and a nicer bit less than the family pack. iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band
4) Remote Desktop
If you are running a network of Macs this is definitely an App worth looking into. It's great for distributing software throughout your computers or helping someone who is having trouble on one of their systems. It's all done directly from your own Mac. The software usually runs $299 for a 10-user license. An unlimited system will cost $499, but that's probably way more than any one person needs at home (we'd hope!). Even 10 users sounds like a lot for the average household. Either way, the application runs $80 on the Mac App Store. You can then install it on the various computers throughout your home. Link
This App is only on sale for a limited time, but it's worth checking out for anyone who has been looking for an affordable, but powerful, alternative to Adobe's bloatware package known as Photoshop. Typically, the software runs around $60 (last time we checked). Right now, you can download it for $30, and the upgrade to version 2.0 later this year will be free for those who purchase this one. Truly a great App for someone looking for a photo editor. Link
Software at a great price
The Mac App Store is going to be an excellent place to buy applications. Some seem ridiculously priced right now, but who needs to buy those? Then there are Apps that make for excellent deals compared to buying it on a disc from a retailer.
We just hope to see it grow more and more in the coming months.