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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 07:20 AM

I have need of some very expensive software (Adobe Creative Suite Premium) and am looking for a more affordable way to buy it. Quite frankly, I don't have $1800 to spend.

I'm submitting some paperwork to Adobe to see if I can qualify for the academic version (and so far, it looks good) but as I understand it, the academic versions are one time shots and I would not be able to purchase upgraded versions later. It makes sense: I'd just buy another academic version if it came to that. The academic version (from Adobe) is about $600.

I found some sites online that are selling this package for considerably less.

Software Surplus has it for $730 and a place called Z Tech Software has it for $660.

http://www.ztechsoftware.com/servlet/the-1...-Suite-4/Detail

That's quite a savings, and I'm wondering how they can do that. I want a factory-sealed retail package, that I can register with Adobe and receive updates, and the sort of service I would have if I bought it from them directly.

What's the deal with these people who sell software so far below retail? Is it safe?

I've searched around the internet a bit about ZTech and they seem to be a little slow in responding. I found a thread where a few people complained about slow service and absolutely no response from the company. I wrote them days ago and haven't heard back. I suppose that should be a red flag for me.

Can anybody recommend a cheaper source for software that is fully reliable and sells only top quality software?

I'm debating whether to go with a cheap software dealer, or continue pursuing the academic version. I definitely cannot go the route of buying it for retail price. I just don't have that kind of money to spare.

The reason I need to do this is for years I've been trying to do the job with cheaper programs and right now my CorelDraw X4 is so not working. It's a long story and I've been having trouble with it since their version 12. Corel has no solutions. I have purchased MANY upgrades from them over the past 12 or so years. And I use Paint Shop Pro for photo editing. I am writing a book and need some publishing software. And I do a lot with PDF files. The Adobe Suite has the software I need.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:38 AM

Hi littlegreendots, Adobe does sell their software cheaper to certain groups or individuals. The ways I know that are legitimate are:

Charities and Not for Profit Organisations, Museums and Libraries
Schools and Students
Colleges and Universities
Academic Staff
How much cheaper, I have no idea but its worth checking if you can even loosely fit into any of those categories.

Another option is to check to see if you might fit the criteria for any available funding for writers/publishers/a particular area which is covered in the book you are writing. Good luck!
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 12:14 PM

I have used this site a few times
http://www.viosoftware.com/adobe.php
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:01 PM

Thanks. However, this issue is resolved. I worked through Adobe and sent them verification of my status as a teacher and they sold me the software with the academic discount. It was shipped yesterday.




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