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.