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Buying Cheap PC Software

written by: Ravneet Kaur•edited by: Bill Fulks•updated: 1/30/2011

Being a tech-savvy individual, you are always on the lookout for cheap PC software. Learn how to be careful buying discounted software online in these hard economic times.

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    Available Options to Buy Cheap PC Software

    Most of us are always seeking an answer to the question where can I buy cheap PC software. Finding sources where you can buy cheap pc software has become the need of the hour for most of us in these times of recession. There is no dearth of pc software in the market. The market of cheap software is vast. You can find several wholesale computer outlets or online stores selling software at cheap rates. Several retail outlets and stores also sell software at less than their market price. Newegg, eBay, Amazon are some of the online stores that offer software products at discounted rates. Students, parents, teachers, and academicians can explore JourneyEd, Gradware, AcademicSuperstore, and TechSoup websites for some great deals on software products.

    Various known and less known websites offer some great deals on software. You would find all kinds of software, from older versions to the latest, at discounted prices on such websites. No doubt, you would find several alluring software deals on most of the websites, but to prevent yourself from being scammed, always look for consumer reviews about them so that you realize their authenticity levels. The Better Business Bureau is your best recourse to learning about the authenticity and popularity of the website. You can also verify the veracity of the website on consumerist.org. Besides, it is important to know that the discounted software is not a duplicated copy of a licensed product, which is copyright infringement.

    Keep looking for exciting offers from the software makers or manufacturers. If you are lucky enough, you might get the best bargain. Buying from the source would ensure that you have an authentic copy in your hands.

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    Practice Caution While Buying Cheap Software

    It is easy to be swayed by some of the attractive offers in some retail stores claiming to be selling authentic software, but caution must be practiced so that you do not fall for pirated or unlicensed versions.

    • If the seller is offering you the required software at 20 percent or more discount than the market price, something is surely wrong. In most of such cases, such dealers sell pirated or duplicated copies of software products.
    • Avoid sellers that claim they are selling OEM software. If that is the case, understand that nobody is authorized to sell OEM software without the required hardware.
    • If the seller tells you to download the software from an external source which is not authorized by the maker of the product, then it is highly likely that, to save a few bucks, you are actually wasting your money on a product that is illegally produced.
    • If you get a spam message in your mailbox from a company claiming to be selling software at discounted rates, do not respond.
    • If the seller claims the product does not come with a case, box, or user manual, it is highly likely that he is selling a duplicated copy. Authentic software products always come with the appropriate packaging.

    Being a computer user, I am always exploring authentic sources where I can buy cheap PC software. There are plenty of places to buy cheap but authentic and licensed versions of software. Explore all your options to ensure the product you buy is authentic and licensed.

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    References

    Digital Inspiration: How to Buy Software Online for a Discount