Has anyone used these guys (http://www.softbuy-download.net/)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hermes Monster, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    I was looking for somewhere to buy Photoshop as cheap as possible, and these guys seem ridiculously cheap.


    Too good to be true? Probably :( has anyone ever downloaded from them?
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's always a good idea to check the domain info:
    Domain: softbuy-download.net
    Status: Active


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    Can you say SCAM?
  3. macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    If it looks too good to be true then it probably is. I'd guess that if you bought from them you would get an actual download but it would be a cracked version, which if you want that there is no point in paying for it in the first place.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2009
    Where can you get all that information?
  5. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2009
    Thanks, it'll come in handy.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    My thoughts too really, blinded by the price! I can't help but think that if adobe and the like would get many more sales if they sold their software at these sorts of prices - but that's another argument for another day
  8. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    If you are a student, that's the pretty much the only to buy Photoshop cheap.

    Otherwise, you can scour for a cheap used copy of a previous version of Photoshop and just buy an upgrade. All you need to a copy of Photoshop CS2 or newer.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    Hit the nail on the head kramer... just for kicks I read their "terms and conditions page"... check this out:

    Sounds like cracked software to me! :)

  10. macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    I recently bought Windows 7 from these guys to install in bootcamp. The copies of Windows they sell are OEM versions (see this article http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/what-microsoft-wont-tell-you-about-windows-7-licensing/1514?pg=2). However, I don't know whether they are System builder OEM versions or the ones that are only supposed to be used by major PC manufacturers.

    The software installed perfectly and was already activated with Microsoft when it had finished installing (that is I didn't have to manually enter a serial number at any stage). I later checked the software with Microsoft's validation tool and it came up as genuine.

    I was charged the correct amount on my credit card, so don't feel as though I was scammed.

    However, there are many dodgy things about this company, which I wasn't aware of until after I ordered the software. Firstly, as has been noted, although the website claims to be based in the US, the company doesn't seem to be American. The transaction has appeared on my credit card statement as coming from Latvia. The emails I received immediately after paying for the software were in very poor English. The serial number that appeared next to my download information bore no resemblance to the OEM serial number (Product ID) in the installed system.

    It's possible that the product ID is being mass-used in breach of MS licensing agreements and if so, I guess at some point my copy of Windows may fail the validation test, but for the moment I'll assume it's OK.
  11. macrumors 601

    Phil A.

    Apr 2, 2006
    Telford, UK
    I'd also keep a very close eye on your credit card statement in the near future: These guys are clearly selling software illegally so possibly wouldn't have any qualms over "creative" use of credit card info they get during the course of the dodgy business...

    By the way, the building they show so proudly on their website is actually Fidelity Investments...
  12. macrumors 68040

    Nov 7, 2004
    Depends upon what you received for the amount charged on your card as to whether you were scammed or not. For OEM installs to work without inserting a serial number, the validation for activation should normally be embedded in the bios. This is how Dell usually does things. It also often requires a specific OEM build of Windows to install properly, hence recovery media and partitions.

    From the looks of things, you seem to have got a volume licence install. You have basically paid for not having to torrent this from the usual pirate trackers.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2003

    Getting software from that site is as legal as downloading it from BitTorrent - I'm certain that the original software publishers won't see a penny of the money you paid.
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2012
    Hermes - did you end up buying from them and if so, any problems?

  15. Mal
    macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Don't even think about it. There's nothing remotely legitimate about that site.

  16. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    I placed an order off this site http://shopsoftwares.net/ and had no immediate email confirmation of receipt. It suggested a reply within 24 hours once they'd had my debit card details for payment (no mention of that on the website) and then in their Policy Page it suggested activation links etc within the hour. One hour later nothing so I got worried, found and joined this forum to comment on.

    I immediately found she was in Latvia via this forum and thought oh dear a bit risky with my debit card details (the golden rule here which I didn't do was see if the site had an address on....NO!)
    I have called my bank and cancelled the debit card so nothing can be taken out. Better to be safe than sorry. There is a reason why things are cheap! In my view it's way too risky.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2013
    another one

    along these same lines I was given a website with the URL jet-customer.com and the site seems to be called Soft Store. I bought and downloaded the Adobe Master Suite for a very cheap price. When I couldn't figure out how to get back to my download page that had the installation instructions I tried to find a phone number and couldn't which definitely sparked suspicion but they had a help desk so I emailed them. The response was to tell me that my order had been canceled and I should be refunded the money. 1. Weird because I had already downloaded the product 2. I checked my account immediately assuming i'd been scammed and they had never charged me for the initial purpose or refunded me, no money has been taken out of my account 3. I tried to google search them and research them and couldn't find anything, no scam warnings or anything the actual website didn't even appear in a google search!
    I'm just super confused and was wondering if anyone had heard of them or what to do....if these people were trying to scam me they definitely didn't do a very good job of it!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2014
    Thanks you all, I wanted to buy software from one site, but I wasn't sure about it. You gave here useful informations, and now I know that site is maybe one of SoftBuy-sites family you referred to.

    Domain of site is: appsroyalstore.com
    (registered January 2014 by Kelly Lundgren, Sweden)

    But I came there from Google with these .edu links: http://www.etcs.ipfw.edu/~fcc/2013/regional/tmp/disk/mine.php?id=1882

    When I was looking for "appsroyalstore" on google, I found nothing. But in the section "Policy" on that site was "By placing an order at SoftBuy" and so I found this thread on MacRumors.
    Btw. in section "faq", there is not "SoftBuy", but "Software Store".

    Because of these 3 different names, I was looking for some informations about that.

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