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  • is it possible to check a partial or full product key for authenticity before installing ? i ask because before i decide to buy online i would like a little assurance.

    Garry.

    Friday, June 4, 2010 12:10 PM

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  • Hello Gazzer0007,

    If you post a link to your candidate, people can offer opinions (totally unofficial, of course).

    When buying online, from whom you are buying is IMHO the best indicator of whether you will get Genuine product. Afterall, that's the only thing you know before the physical product shows up on your doorstep.


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    Friday, June 4, 2010 12:12 PM
  • http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120575905295&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    i have read through the forums here and iam aware that ebay is the worst possible place to buy software, but sometimes somebody gets luck and finds a genuine seller.... but how can i tell if i dont ask the relevant questions first ?

    the DREADED ebay :(

     

     

    Friday, June 4, 2010 12:20 PM
  • Hello Gazzer0007,

    Looking at the feedback for each item this person has sold, they only first began offering software in mid-May 2010.  Up until then they were selling the kind of stuff that you'd find in anyone's home, garage, or at a yard sale.

    Then all of a sudden in mid-May they became "software dealers" selling two of the most widely pirated items on eBay, Windows 7 Professional and Office 2007 Professional.  It's clear that the seller does not know their own product because they make the same mistake that all of the fast-buck guys do, they copy the auction write up of the other fast-buck guys selling the same thing.  The give-away is that they claim that the license allows three installatons---it does NOT.

    You cannot go by their feedback score because most of that was gained selling household items, and with only three weeks gone by on their software sales, there has not been time for their customers to have their most-likely-nongenuine product blow up in their faces.

    Although the picture is of an open box item, the write-up says these are "sealed" packages, so the seller would have you believe he is on the same footing as any major electronics or general merchandise retailer selling the same product, Office Professional 2007 full retail, factory fresh and sealed.  Microsoft's retail price at their UK online store for this product is £449...trusted major retailers are probably selling this item somewhat less than that.  This eBay guy is selling at £99.  The price is too good to be true.

    If I had to guess, this is probably one of the counterfeits that will in reality install a nongenuine volume licensing Office Professional Plus 2007.

    Here's the final catch:  If you buy this from any eBay seller, even if it is genuine, you DO NOT qualify for the free download of Office 2010 when it's released in the near future.  Follow the link to the eligibility requirements FAQ here http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-faq-HA101812304.aspx  and read the 18th item.


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    Friday, June 4, 2010 1:18 PM
  • does this look genuine, the seller says it an academic version the seller offers a money back guarantee if not genuine

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190402042413&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Friday, June 4, 2010 3:10 PM
  • Hello Gazzer0007,

    Do you meet the qualifications to use Academic Software?


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    Friday, June 4, 2010 3:51 PM
  • i think so iam currently at college, but the course ends after the summer break. so i think so but am unsure if i am allowed to legally use the software after......

     

    Garry.

    Friday, June 4, 2010 4:01 PM
  • "Gazzer0007" wrote in message news:215c9fb5-935b-46bd-952a-911816fe7031...

    i think so iam currently at college, but the course ends after the summer break. so i think so but am unsure if i am allowed to legally use the software after......

     

    Garry.


    Instead of buying at ebay I would recommend that you contact your college bookstore and see what their prices are. 
     
    There are also valid online retailers (and this seller is probably not) that ensure that you have the proper credentials from your college prior to sale.   
     
    Search for the Ultimate Steal on Microsoft's UK site where you would apparently qualify as you are a student.  The prices there can't be beat for any Office or Windows purchases.  The licenses obtained there are valid forever and do qualify for free upgrades to Office 2010 when available.
    Friday, June 4, 2010 4:19 PM
  • Hello Gazzer0007,

    In college??????????  You most likely qualify for THE best deal on Office ever, directly from Microsoft via their digital delivery partner Digital River:

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-uk/default.aspx

     


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    Friday, June 4, 2010 4:21 PM