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    Discounted OEM Software

    Does anyone have any thoughts and / or experience with discounted OEM software? I have an ad for Windows XP Professional that says retail: $270.00 and discounted: $39.95. How can this be? Is this legal? Any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated. (This particular ad is from www.everyday.com - Garland's SoftShop.)
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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    Gosh! That's even cheaper than the price quoted in a Spam message I got this morning, which wanted $50 for the same product, but no manuals, no warranty, no box, no nothing bar the CDs!

    I thought "OEM" meant that it had to be pre-installed on a new computer, or, at least, on a new hard disk? No doubt someone will post the Licence Agreement, or some such.

    I am reminded of the olde motto: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is..."

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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    I would guess not legal.
    If in doubt, contact MSFT's piracy group.

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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    It's a <img src=/S/pirate.gif border=0 alt=pirate width=22 height=18> copy, not even OEM.
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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    The last few days I have been getting Spam (What an under-statement!) offering all sorts of software Cheap.

    $2000 for $20 and the like. No box, no manuals etc.

    It has all been coming from the orient.

    I have a feeling that even if I was the type to try such, I bet ya I would never see my software nor my $20 again......
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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    I started to edit your post to make your link live, but after I tested it, it looks like some kind of Scandanavian site as it's NOT in English. I guess I too would be suspicious of this one. However, I have seen a number of INTERNET businesses who sell what they call "OEM" software which does mean (as indicated by John Gray) that you get no pretty box, user manual, etc. - only the bare bones CD. I've bought from one or two of them in the past. I think I'd stay away from this one.

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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    AtomicPark.com, a low-cost vendor I trust, has this information:
    <hr>What is OEM??

    OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, software is completely electronic, there are no manuals or retail boxes to manufacture and distribute - All you recieve is the CD-ROM of the software, except in the case of operating systems - where you recieve a small start-up guide. Keep in mind that the entire users manual is installed onto your computer during the software's installation process. This electronic manual is stored in the "Help" section, just as you see along the drop down menus of the Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator browser you are using right now. It has a complete index, searchable index, and sections that you can print out. The help menus have been so descriptive that customers who have purchased the software with manuals, end up hardly using them.

    Our OEM products are sold with hardware, in order to abide with the license agreements established by the software manufacturers. Technical support for OEM products are on a pay-per-incident basis. The cost of this hardware is already included in the price of your product, so there are no additional charges that you will incur by receiving this software/hardware package. Those customers that are registered at http://www.microsoft.com/oem are not required to have their OEM product accompanied with hardware. Because of this, the prices on those packages can be obtained at a slightly lower cost. Please call our customer service center on 888.322.4250 and a representative will be happy to assist you.<hr>
    I don't know what kind of hardware is included. I suspect it's pretty darned inexpensive. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Incidentally, AtomicPark's price for Windows XP Professional, OEM version, is $159 US.

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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    Talking about cheap "OEM" software - check out this site that showed up in my spam box today. Really seems too good to be true.

    http://best-oem-sellers.biz/

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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    Jon,

    I think a Clue might be the sale of Microsoft XP LONGHORN at $49.95.

    When was Longhorn released? <img src=/S/cop.gif border=0 alt=cop width=15 height=24>
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    Re: Discounted OEM Software

    Hi, Bob.
    I guess I didn't do too a good a job of trying to state the obvious! <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

    Seeing Longhorn advertised raised the old <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18> for me as well!

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