Buying CS3 Design Premium Suite Online

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dslynch, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. dslynch macrumors newbie

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    Hi...for various reasons, I need to bite the bullet and buy CS3. I know that CS4 is now current, and if I were a hardcore user, CS4 may be the right way for me to go. But I'm not proficient enough to need CS4 - CS3 will do just fine. Specifically, I'm going to get CS3 design premium for mac.

    My question is...is it "safe" to buy CS3 from places like saveintheusa.com, estockware.com, or softwaresurplus.com? They're all selling it between $800 and $900.

    I ask whether it's safe b/c when I go to amazon, the cheapest I see is $1799.

    Am I missing something? None of the other sites' versions were upgrade versions. I'm just nervous I'm overlooking something, or going to get hack software that doesn't work, or blows up my mac, or something crazy.
     
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Well, this an interesting question as I have read quite a bit about discount software houses of this type- with most of the articles warning people away from them. There is a reason that the price is consistently roughly $1800 at well known reputable merchants such as you noticed at Amazon. Other major merchants have it for roughly the same price- places like Mac Connection, Mac Zone, Mac Mall etc. and retail establishments like Staples, etc. Do some more checking and you will see what I mean- and think of the old saying that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    I checked out all three of these sites online, and on a site called resellerratings.com which I refer to alot. On resellerratings the one that had the most reports on it was softwaresurplus.com in which all 7 ratings were "very dissatisfied". You can see that at http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Software_Surplus

    estockware.com had no ratings yet, and saveintheusa.com had only two- and a rating of 5/10.

    One thing I would be doing is checking with Adobe ahead to find out if any of these are authorized resellers of Adobe products and I doubt they will be. Keep in mind that no matter what these sites say the return policies are, once they have your money they can do what they want- and failure to live up to site promises is one of the most common complaints. If you do wind up trying to purchase here, make sure it is with a credit card to have any hope of having any leverage (but at the same time, giving a questionable site credit card info is a risk in itself as you will note in a couple of reading resources I will give you below including some fine print on some of the sites that by purchasing with a credit card you agree to give up your right to do a chargeback if you are not satisfied! :()

    Anyhow, none of these sites have all of the common tipoffs that they are fraudulent (such as noting that you cannot register your programs online, noting that the software is OEM, or that the software will be provided in non boxed sets, etc.) but all fail badly on one of the common tipoffs in most of the articles below- that being the vast difference in price between their prices and the prices for the products from reputable, authorized sellers. Please be suspicious and take the time to carefully read the short articles below before sending that kind of money to them! It will be worth the time investment I am sure!

    Simply put from MY perspective- there is no way I would try it. ;)

    Anyway, to read more about the phenomenon of cheap software sites check out:

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/cheap-software-spam.html
    http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/faq/a/softwarescams.htm
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/oem_software_scams/
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Software-Scams---To-Cheap-To-Be-True?&id=279679
     
  3. dslynch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's great info, and confirms my suspicions, in a very articulate way. Thanks much, much, much.
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Thanks- glad it helped you. It just makes my blood boil to think of these guys getting people's hard earned dough and making the whole operation seem so legitimate! :( Good choice in my opinion! :)
     

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