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Purchasing VS.NET on eBay


I think this should be on topic. Many of us here may have considered
purchasing Visual Studio.NET on eBay or other web auction sites. However, I
would like to issue a warning that there are some sellers who will list the
2003 promotional upgrade (for sale by Microsoft for $29), evaluation copies
or other limited license versions for $200 - $600. In many cases, there will
be nothing in the item description, other than the 'part number', that would
hint of it's identity. The seller will then argue that the buyer should have
verified the part number and will not issue a refund or exchange. The seller
will also maintain that the item photo is not required to match the actual
product shipped. I thought this would be good advice for potential buyers to
have before making a purchase.
Jul 21 '05 #1
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John wrote:
I think this should be on topic. Many of us here may have considered
purchasing Visual Studio.NET on eBay or other web auction sites. However, I
would like to issue a warning that there are some sellers who will list the
2003 promotional upgrade (for sale by Microsoft for $29), evaluation copies
or other limited license versions for $200 - $600. In many cases, there will
be nothing in the item description, other than the 'part number', that would
hint of it's identity. The seller will then argue that the buyer should have
verified the part number and will not issue a refund or exchange. The seller
will also maintain that the item photo is not required to match the actual
product shipped. I thought this would be good advice for potential buyers to
have before making a purchase.


If this happened to you, you should file a complaint with eBay. That's
a misrepresentation of the item.

Eyal

Jul 21 '05 #2
I bought the full version of Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect
(PN #G77-00049) for just under $400 on E-Bay, then bought the $29 upgrade to
2003 from Microsoft. I feel like it was a great deal.

- carl

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I think this should be on topic. Many of us here may have considered
purchasing Visual Studio.NET on eBay or other web auction sites. However, I would like to issue a warning that there are some sellers who will list the 2003 promotional upgrade (for sale by Microsoft for $29), evaluation copies or other limited license versions for $200 - $600. In many cases, there will be nothing in the item description, other than the 'part number', that would hint of it's identity. The seller will then argue that the buyer should have verified the part number and will not issue a refund or exchange. The seller will also maintain that the item photo is not required to match the actual
product shipped. I thought this would be good advice for potential buyers to have before making a purchase.

Jul 21 '05 #3
> I bought the full version of Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect
(PN #G77-00049) for just under $400 on E-Bay, then bought the $29 upgrade to 2003 from Microsoft. I feel like it was a great deal.


Great deal for you and many others but I've never understood this myself. A
package that retails for $2500 is frequently sold for these ridiculously low
prices and nobody questions it? Um, use your imagination.
Jul 21 '05 #4
I figure the seller stole it from his employer or perhaps the seller also
bought the upgrade and made illegal copies of the old version, then sold the
originals to me. I wouldn't knowingly purchase illegal merchandise, but
there are a number of legitimate reasons for fire-selling hardware and
software. So, I can't figure out what else I'm supposed to question.

- carl

"John Almer" <_n******@nospam.com> wrote in message
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I bought the full version of Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect (PN #G77-00049) for just under $400 on E-Bay, then bought the $29
upgrade to
2003 from Microsoft. I feel like it was a great deal.
Great deal for you and many others but I've never understood this myself.

A package that retails for $2500 is frequently sold for these ridiculously low prices and nobody questions it? Um, use your imagination.

Jul 21 '05 #5
> I figure the seller stole it from his employer or perhaps the seller also
bought the upgrade and made illegal copies of the old version, then sold the originals to me. I wouldn't knowingly purchase illegal merchandise, but
there are a number of legitimate reasons for fire-selling hardware and
software. So, I can't figure out what else I'm supposed to question.


rotflmao
Jul 21 '05 #6
Carl,

some are legit - e.g. west coast startup company with lots of investment
captial, buys lots of "everything" then goes out of business, and
creditors or past employees sell residuals.

that's part of the source. the other is scam-related. tough thing is
to know which is which..

regards
roy fine

"Carl Fenley" <cfenley1-X-@-X-san.rr.com> wrote in message
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I figure the seller stole it from his employer or perhaps the seller also bought the upgrade and made illegal copies of the old version, then sold the originals to me. I wouldn't knowingly purchase illegal merchandise, but there are a number of legitimate reasons for fire-selling hardware and
software. So, I can't figure out what else I'm supposed to question.

- carl

"John Almer" <_n******@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:OL*************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
I bought the full version of Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect (PN #G77-00049) for just under $400 on E-Bay, then bought the $29
upgrade
to
2003 from Microsoft. I feel like it was a great deal.


Great deal for you and many others but I've never understood this

myself. A
package that retails for $2500 is frequently sold for these
ridiculously low
prices and nobody questions it? Um, use your imagination.



Jul 21 '05 #7
I sold a copy of VS 6 Pro that I won for cheap (compared to new) on ebay. I
had no need for the software, since I already had it thru my MSDN
subscription. That was very legit. You just have to check out the seller
carefully before you buy.

Scott
"Carl Fenley" <cfenley1-X-@-X-san.rr.com> wrote in message
news:%2****************@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
I figure the seller stole it from his employer or perhaps the seller also
bought the upgrade and made illegal copies of the old version, then sold the originals to me. I wouldn't knowingly purchase illegal merchandise, but
there are a number of legitimate reasons for fire-selling hardware and
software. So, I can't figure out what else I'm supposed to question.

- carl

"John Almer" <_n******@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:OL*************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
I bought the full version of Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect (PN #G77-00049) for just under $400 on E-Bay, then bought the $29
upgrade
to
2003 from Microsoft. I feel like it was a great deal.


Great deal for you and many others but I've never understood this

myself. A
package that retails for $2500 is frequently sold for these ridiculously

low
prices and nobody questions it? Um, use your imagination.


Jul 21 '05 #8

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