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How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

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Are These Websites Legitimate For Purchasing Software?

By Matthew Silva · Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 · Tagged in General Discussion

I found these two websites:



The first is selling Office 365 for $59 and the second is selling Windows 10 Professional for $15.22

Every other place I have looked is selling these products for $100+. Has anyone used either of these sites? Are they legitimate? I'm wondering if the price is too good to be true, and I won't get the products as advertised.

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James Murphy from Real Wisconsin Website Design
18 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Not to put too fine a point on it but if it looks too good to be true....IT IS! Just using Google and asking Who's first two postings are saying they are a scam and not to buy from them.....

If you are looking for Free or Almost Free Software then you need to do your homework by googling open source software! Again Do Your Own Homework! There are good Open Source Software Packages Available. For Example if you are not able to afford Adobe PhotoShop no big deal. Unless you are hung up on the Adobe Name (Then you Pay For It)... (more)

Don Belmore from Hamilton Maker Space
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, May 1, 2017

I'm going to enthusiastically endorse James' comment. You will NOT find a legal version of windows for $15.

About the only way to do so, and it's perfectly legal, is to buy a used computer that comes with a legitimate installation of the OS. Some caveats though: If you buy a 'brand' name (i.e. Lenovo or HP) you will have a hard time trying to use that version of Windows on a system that is NOT the original one. They are specifically licensed for those brands and have a good chance of not authenticating to any other machine when you run your first windows... (more)

Stephen Thomas from Elygantthings
10 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I am glad that you mentioned Gimp. I actually have the app. I admit that I haven't used it to the best of my abilities or at all. I just wanted to say that you are spot on with your assesment about Gimp. I recently updated to the next version. It is very cool. A lot of features and if you have the time to learn. You can create some amazing content.

Patrick Sweeney from PrintBidz: Print Marketing Partners
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, July 24, 2017

I'm local here in La Mesa... I have an unlimited installation license... for Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise Edition ( business version originally valued @ over $700 )... consisting of all 11 Office Applications... not 3, not 5, not 7, but all 11 office applications... WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, POWER POINT, PROJECT, PUBLISHER, GROOVE, INFO PATH, ONE NOTE, PICTURE MGR, ETC... and NO annual subscription renewal fees... a one time install - good forever... I install it all the time on clients who bring me their laptops and desktops for troubleshooting, upgrading,... (more)

6 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

DITTO to all of the above. Microsoft full biz package is so much cheaper now than it used to be, and with 365 you get the updates included. The more folks use the legit buying platforms, the cheaper it gets. I not only am weary of extreme discounted sites for the potential of worms etc, I have no time for their follow up sales plan if this deal is just to get you in the door.

Donna Shearer from Shearer Insurance Services, LLC
5 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Friday, August 18, 2017

Thank you so much for your valuable information. I don't mind purchasing good software. However, if I can find the same or almost the same software by another brand at a lesser amount, I am all for it. Work smarter not harder. Thanks again James Murphy!

Jeff Applegate from Applegate Computer Technology & Security
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, September 7, 2017

James I would normally concur with you. This is the exception to the rule for It is a site that actually gives you 100% valid licenses for an incredibly low cost. It doesn't give you the software it sells product keys. Then you can get the software from Microsoft, both Windows 10 and Office 2016, for free.

George Katsinis from Freedom Spending Plans, LLC
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 22, 2017

Yup, sounds too good to be true!

I use OpenOffice

Free (donations accepted). Compatible with MS Office Suite stuff. Works well for me.

Kelly LeBoeuf from Seabrook Travel Center
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 22, 2017

We love and they offer a subscription.

Kam Salisbury from Small Biz IT
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 22, 2017

Hi Matthew, no, sorry. Those websites are not offering legal copies of that software. You "can" save some money by purchasing just the license key card from a reputable merchant (like Amazon That key card allows you to download the product directly from Microsoft.

Mike Bennyhoff from Bennyhoff Products And Services LLC
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nope and Nope: Go to Microsoft directly to purchase Office 365. If you need help call me I specialize in moving companies to the cloud Mike xxx-xxx-xxxx

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