Buying software

Posted by Dennis June 2nd, 2012

Technology has changed a lot in the last couple of decades, and it has changed the way software is sold and delivered.  Nowadays it’s usually cheaper (and more convenient) to buy the DOWNLOAD version of any software you want.  But BUYER BEWARE there are some caveats to this method of purchase; 1)  Be certain it’s legitimate!   There are lots of fly-by-night pirate software companies out there that will sell you stolen or hacked licenses.  Rule of thumb: if the price is too good to be true, then something is wrong.  2) Make sure you keep a copy of the install file and the license key/code in a safe place!  That way you can reinstall if you have any problems or change computers.  3)  Be careful when buying locally at places like Best Buy or Sam’s Club, etc.  Lately the price for a CD/DVD version is grossly inflated.  Don’t get stabbed on price just ‘cuz you’re in a hurry or impulse buying.  A good example is Microsoft Office.  Most new PC’s come with a pre-installed version that will allow you to immediately go online and purchase the version you want.  The cost is less than ANY of the disk versions I’ve seen on the shelf.  If you want nice packaging, try online sellers like Amazon.  They’re more likely to have good deals. 

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