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    Really cheap software

    I recently went to purchase Babylon's translation-in-a-click software but was dissuaded by the price of $89, especially since I am used to just going into a computer store and buying language cd-roms for under $20. So I did an online search to find a cheaper version and came across http://www.minskoldnew.com/download-..._7.0.3.r26.php, which offers the same program for $15, as well as many other premium programs offered at enormous discounts. Indesign is offered for $15 (http://www.minskoldnew.com/search-Indesign.php) and Adobe Acrobat is at $40 (http://www.minskoldnew.com/search-Acrobat.php).

    Does anyone know how this web site is able to get these prices? Is this software safe to download? Is it legitimate? Is it legal to purchase?

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    JMT

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    Re: Really cheap software

    They are operating out of Minsk, Belarus. That doesn't inspire confidence, to put it mildly. You might get a duplicate or 'cracked' registration key, and don't count on service or a refund in case of problems.

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    Re: Really cheap software

    I absolutely do not trust this site. But I am wary of too-good-to-be-legal deals and cautious doing business on networks based in Russia.

    <pre>inetnum: 194.58.78.0 - 194.58.78.255
    netname: relcom
    descr: Provider Local Registry
    descr: "RELCOM.BUSINESS NETWORK" Ltd.
    country: RU
    admin-c: AP6123-RIPE
    tech-c: AP6123-RIPE
    status: ASSIGNED PA
    mnt-by: AS2118-MNT
    remarks: INFRA-AW
    source: RIPE # Filtered

    person: Alexander Philippov
    address: "RELCOM.BUSINESS NETWORK" Ltd.
    address: Kurchatov sq. 1
    address: Moscow
    remarks: phone: +7 095 1967515
    phone: +7 495 1967515
    e-mail: advt@relcom.ru
    nic-hdl: AP6123-RIPE
    source: RIPE # Filtered
    remarks: modified for Russian phone area changes</pre>


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    Re: Really cheap software

    I suppose the worse that can happen is that it would turn out to be a fraudulent web site that would deliver either defective software or no software at all, in which case I could just dispute the charge on my credit card (and would certainly win, given the pro-consumer laws). Or I could just pay full price and avoid any such hassle.

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    Re: Really cheap software

    >> I suppose the worse that can happen is that it would turn out to be a fraudulent web site that would deliver either defective software or no software at all...

    Or clone your credit card, or unload a virus on you when you try and use the download, or.....

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    Re: Really cheap software

    Let's not go down the road of "the worst that can happen"...

    There are many highly rated and reputable online stores that offer good prices on software, from Amazon to NewEgg. You can research a store's reputation using CNET and ResellerRatings.com.

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