where do you buy software?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jelloshotsrule, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    what is your preferred place (online, in store, and specifics) to buy software? i'm think specifically of graphics/design/video software, but also games and other stuff.

    also, does anyone buy generation old software? e.g. buying adobe CS1 when CS2 is out? are there stores that sell these? or do you have to go through ebay or something (which i'd imagine would be sketchy)...?
  2. mortey macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2005
    so cal
    I would have to say I either buy my software from Amazon or from Best Buy. Amazon is typically cheaper for a lot of things but I have a Best Buy near me so when I need something _now_ I drop by.

    For games I usually go to EB or Gamestop. Most of the time they know their stuff and are pretty helpful.

    As for your second question I would think Amazon would carry products like this.

    Hope this helps
  3. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Academic Superstore for me. Education discounts all the time.:D Of course, you must be a student.
  4. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    Amazon usually. Occaisonally best buy, but that's usually a spontaneous versus a planned purchase

    for older verions, amazon as well. There's a good chance they'll have it
  5. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    These days mostly the Apple Store on Regent St., unless it's something where you download it, like OmniGraffle or WireTap Pro.

    Before the Apple Store, I used to go to Micro Anvika on Chenies St. a lot.
  6. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Yep same here or my girlfriend is a college professor and gets deals when vendors come in and want "extra" sales during the slow times. When I went to buy Studio 8 last year I got an excellent buy from Academic Superstore and free shipping if I could wait a week which I did. I guess that's where going to be an art teacher will pay off, getting a discount on SW but somethings on that site will say everyone can buy with no proof of ID. Just gotta watch for those sales ;)
  7. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    usually studica for big things and if theyre downloads the company's website. though i've bought a couple things from newegg.
  8. jelloshotsrule thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    just as a test i checked for photoshop cs1 on amazon... i can get it for 540 (vs. 699 for the new one)... not as big a discount as i'd like, though it makes sense to sell it for more than the new one minus the upgrade price.

    but what i don't get, is how some people are charging 50-100 bucks MORE than the new one! haha. and i bet some sad sucker will buy it too

    most of the software i buy is apple, so i get it online or in one of the apple stores. trying to gauge what all software i need to buy and how much i can expect to spend.... ahhhhhhh
  9. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    i'm generally buying direct from the software company's web site these days
  10. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Either there or from apple for me

    Got my wacom from academic superstore
  11. nnick macrumors regular


    May 17, 2006
    I bought Studio 8 and Creative Suite from atomicpark.com

    prices were good and I love free shipping
  12. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I think I've bought a total of maybe four pieces of software that weren't downloadable in the past two years. Two from my University bookstore, one from Apple direct, and one from CDW.

    Now, this doesn't mean I don't buy software--I've bought at least four different things just this month... but every single one all I did was pay for the registration code for the download. Seems really silly to have to deal with a physical piece of media in this day and age for anything that isn't HUGE (say, iLife, which is several gigs with all the iDVD and Garageband stuff). Heck, even for CD-sized software, I'd rather buy a download and burn it myself if necessary than wasting time and resources on a box and shipping.

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