Is buying "brand new" software with no box/manual legit?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by switcher3365, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. switcher3365 macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2008
    I am looking to find the best deal on iWork '08.

    On Amazon and Ebay ("Buy Now" option), the software is listed for as low as $44 (while it retails for $68 on Amazon itself), but it is from an individual seller on Amazon. The sellers have high ratings and good reviews, but the software doesn't come with a manual or box. It will just come with a shrink-wrapped CD. I don't really read manuals and such, but how could selling software that cheap make the seller a profit if it is legit?

    BTW, this is not OEM software and not an upgrade version.
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    if the software needs a serial and the serial is either written on the CD or on the reciept its fine. the documentation is probably on the CD or online. you probably wont read it anyway… am i right? hehe
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    It depends on if it's been installed and is still installed, or if it is not currently installed on a computer right now.

    If I sold my Leopard DVD, even though it comes in a box, it would be illegal because I used it to install Leopard on my MBP, and am still running leopard.

    If I put Tiger back on my MBP and sold you the leopard DVD without the case, that would be legal because I'm not using the Leopard license anymore.

  4. switcher3365 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2008
    Apparently, the serial numbers are included on the CD case. I'd love to save the money (because I'm already saving $60 by not getting MS Office 08), but a part of me thinks this $44 deal is too good to be true.

    I don't need the manuals. I never read them anyway. I search online for the things I need help with. I downloaded the Apple trial and just need a serial number anyway. I won't even need to actually install the software once I get it.
  5. Mo Tiggas macrumors member

    May 5, 2005
    Oregon, USA
    Why don't you just ask them. But if it sounds too good, it probably is...
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I would ask the seller how they obtained these copies and why the company released the software like this. You could even contact the company, I assume you are buying an MS Office alternative, so the company might even be willing to match the price so they can have a legit sale and make some money.
  7. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
  8. MacHipster macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    I don't believe that iWork even comes with a manual. I can't think of an Apple software product that comes with one.
  9. closeupman macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2008
    I'm not sure about Iworks, but I know it is possible. I have a chance as a student to get a great price on the Adobe Master collection. However, it only includes the MEDIA(CD) & Activation/Serial Number.

    I would buy it with paypal(use AMEX as the CC, they're great with disputes). If anything is amiss when you buy it then you can dispute it, if not then you got a great deal :D

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