Online Software Purchases - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


Businesses understandably want to reduce both the time spent shopping for software licenses and the amount to be paid to acquire those licenses. However, efforts to minimize license spends online can have negative unintended consequences. If you are shopping at a software publisher’s own online marketplace (such as Adobe’s or Autodesk’s stores), then you usually can rest assured that you at least have the tools available to purchase the correct kind and quantity of genuine licenses. However, the pricing available at those stores often is higher than the pricing available through third-party resellers.

Unfortunately, the further you stray from the publishers’ stores in a search for lower prices, the more likely it is that you may make a costly error in your purchasing decisions.

It is a good, general rule of thumb that the further you get from full MSRP for a software license offered on the Internet, the more cautious you should be before proceeding. Read why.

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