An interesting question... and I don't have an answer. However, I DO know that there's a free program that will unzip .rar files. It's called unzipthemall and can be found here: http://www.herve-thouzard.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=6
Not sure about a program to zip for free, but for those who wish to download and use the rar files you've created can download the free 7-zip program. It will download rar files by using a right click. Hope this helps!
You can download Stuffit trial version. After 30 days, you will be asked to purchase it or lose some of the extras. You can continue to use this program as long as you wish without cost. You don't need any of the features that you would have to pay for to zip and unzip files. I have used it for over a year, now, without problem.
Shawn, I recommend 7-Zip. You can zip/unzip files with that and it's free. (And like someone commented above, it also unzips rar files.)Here's the link: http://www.7-zip.org/
You can still use rar files and let people know that "Extract Now" is a free program that extracts rar and zip files. It's so easy.
Thank you to all of you who took the time to help me out with this. It seems all they have to do is go to one of these sites and download the free program to unzip .rar files. Then they'll be able to unzip other designers stuff that use .rar files. I know there are a few out there.
I'm currently working on 2 new QP's. I'll have those for you this weekend. Until then, here is a new QP from Nana again using her "Sweet n Sassy" kit. Enjoy!
You can download it HERE.