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Buying Software over the Internet

Postby Little_Devil on Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:26 am

Just a note and some instructions as to what to look for, when buying Software over the internet.

There are a number of sites on the net that can look quite good, offering software at quite unbelievable knock-down prices, do not be fooled.

Whenever you view any of these sites, the first thing you should do is to do a quick check on the manufacturers page and check the actual cost of the software from them.

There is an old saying " ACT IN HASTE, REPENT AT LEISURE " , follow these simple rules and you should be alright.

1/ If the price difference looks to be a vast difference, it is more than likely illegal software, with no backup from the manufacturer.
Rule of thumb, anything with a greater than 20% price difference on new software, be careful.

2/ Check the contact details, if there are none, or what looks to be a hotmail/google mail then ignore the site, any reputable business will have their own site and associated mail.
Some sellers can be legitimate with these emails, but it is a good sign that there is something wrong, given the price difference.

3/ Check the site does not make extravagant claims, like 'We will personally guarantee all sales of this and will give free support via our email contact"

4 Contact the seller, and ask them to provide details of their supplier. Most companies will buy direct from the manufacturer or through a wholesaler who will not sell to the public, so will give that information. If the answer comes back that they don't give that information, then ask them to prove it is legal software.

5 Contact the manufacturer and ask them if the site is legal, it is in their, and your best interests to know this.
A number of companies will know through market research who their competitors are, and who is selling software illegally.
Some companies do sell off older versions of their software at cheap prices, so will be able to confirm if the seller is a recognised trader.

Apart from the sites that sell new software at very cheap prices, being obviously ripped off, there are a number of sites that sell software as their own or a packaged set.
Be careful, they will give little or no support, and the packages will just be either old software gathered from a number of sources, and/or freeware/shareware applications, that they will charge what looks like a reasonable price.

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Re: Buying Software over the Internet

Postby Dragon on Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:28 am

Excellent advice.

Will keep that in mind LD, you're reserach is not in vain.
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Re: Buying Software over the Internet

Postby Destroy on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:37 pm

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