Cheap MS software - maybe?

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Has anyone else received e-mails from a company calling itself "SoftwareBuy" recently? They are advertising stuff like Office 2002 for $40 and XP Pro for $25. Their website looks legit and they seem to have a full range of apps. Are they on the level and is it registerable, (I would hate to upset Uncle Bill)? They do say that all of their software comes with only a backup CD, no packaging or docs. It seems too good to be true to me, can anyone offer any info or explanation?

(Incidentally this is not a sneaky free ad as I am nothing to do with them personally, just interested in buying!)
 
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There are 2 companies on www.resellerratings.com with the a variance of the name that you list. Provide a link to the website and then we can tell if either are them.


Just checked out the 2 links at resellerratings and one is dead the other has XP for $99 so I would assume that this is a new company or maybe operated under another name in the past.

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Looks pretty fly by night to me. I wouldn't send them any of my hard earned cash but you can always fight stop the charge to your credit card.

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That's what I'd thought, but I just wondered if anyone had had experience. Can you suggest anyone else who can supply legitimate MS software cheaply? particularly Office stuff. Doesn't have to be latest versions but must be for XP. I'm based in UK so posting there from US must be ok.
 
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As of 9:45AM central time, that site is already offline. Didn't take Yahoo long to shut them down.
 
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Newegg is highly rated and sells about as cheap as anyone. 9software is ok rated and a little ($1) cheaper.

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Have you checked eBay? I've seen Office 97 on there. Don't go for the academics unless you qualify tho.
 

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That student/teacher price seems a bit of a joke to me. I can understand why academics could be given a discount, lack of income and all that, but you could buy it one day as a student and not be a student the next. Does that mean you're defrauding them?

I will end up going for something like Office97 I suspect. I have seen copies of it myself on eBay in the past. Thanks again
 
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AlbertB - yes, you would be in breach of your EULA if you continued to use the Teacher/Student software when you are no longer a Teacher/Student.

That's why Dreamboat made the distinction.
 

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Ah ha! Thanks for making that clear. So, in truth, Micro$oft's academic discount price isn't a discount at all, only a deferred full price purchase.

"Discount - to deduct a percentage or amount from the price."

According to my Collins dictionary a discount means that the price has been reduced permanently - full stop. Anyone have enough spare cash to take them on under trade description or truthful advertising conflicts . Here in the UK at least they are in breach of our Trade Descriptions Act which insists that any description of a product or service given by the manufacturer or vendor is truthful and clear to the purchaser. I wonder if that use of the word "discount" is in the spirit of the act?
 
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Just an update here, in case anyone has ever considered using one 9software to buy anything.

There phone number on the site is bogus, and the ones listed in the Who Is database is out of service. There is no way to validate these guys, so I would not recommend ever purchasing anything off them.
 
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Also a hint that they are a less than reputable company is that they are hosted on Geocities and don't even have there own domain name.
 
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Some reliably good ones I found while searching Yesterday are:

Ebuyer for UK and US only (but allows Irish buyers!;))

Vios Software heavy shipping charges for Internatioanl. but still good.
 
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