Below are some pointers to assist you in buying legal software specifically on an auction site:
- Prior to buying software on any auction site, know more about the software you want to buy by simply visiting the software publisher’s website. Familiarize yourself properly with the product and learn how the product is typically sold, with the price included, so you can easily recognize whenever a seller is trying to sell an illegal software to you. Normally, whenever someone is attempting to sell a $500 software for just $20 then that software is definitely pirated.
- Do not purchase any software from a seller that has just popped up and is selling large amounts of similar pieces or a set of legal software products.
- Do not purchase software from any seller that has already placed several auctions for that same piece of legal software.
- Do not purchase software that is being offered from a different region of the globe. Adding to the relevance for piracy, you might be buying software which might be incompatible with your personal computer or could be unlicensed for distribution in the United States.
- Do not purchase software from any seller that is outside the auction.
- Do not purchase software from any auction that lasted for one day or for about three days. Typically, auctions can last for about six to seven days. Auctions lasting lesser than that are mostly advertised by those individuals selling and distributing illegal software who are attempting to have a quick sale prior to when the copyright owner shuts down their auction.
- Do not purchase software that has “OEM” identified, and that isn’t jam-packed with several authorized hardware.
- Do not purchase software which is being sold as “backup copies”.
- Do not purchase software which is being sold as a “brand new CD in a sleeve” or which does not come in a box from the manufacturer or with original documentation or packaging.
- Do not purchase “beta,” not for resale (NFR), or pre-release versions of any software
- Do not purchase an upgraded version of any software in case you do not have a licensed copy of the software underlying version.
- Do not purchase software from any seller that does not give you the opportunity to make use of PayPal to make payment for the software.
- Don’t purchase any software from a seller that provides a unique number or process for registering or activating your software before you can utilize it.
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