CAUTION: Re "Buying" Software on E-Bay: Buyer Beware!!!
This is for anyone who is thinking of "purchasing" a "used" version
of software via E-Bay or any other method rather than going directly
to the vendor, thinking that they'll wind up saving a few bucks.
Although it may appear that way by a selling price, it may not work
out that way in the long run, so please be aware of the following:
First, to clarify, you are not *purchasing* the software -- you are
purchasing the license to use that software. The seller must be the
one, true licensed user of that software -- the individual that
purchased the license from the software vendor. To use the product
legally – and this applies to ANY software purchased from ANY
vendor, be it Microsoft, Adobe, Stenograph, Advantage, ProCAT, etc. –
the license for the software must be transferred from the orginal
licensee to the buyer.
Before the seller can transfer and sell their software license to
you, the seller must complete a Software License Transfer and pay
any applicable fees. (Sellers frequently ask the buyers to pay these
fees.) Sellers MUST complete a software license transfer per the
agreement they made with the vendor at the time of purchase, when
they acquired their software license.
FYI, this isn't unique to Stenograph. This policy is held by
virtually every CAT software vendor, and applies to all third-party
vendors as well, such as Stenotech and Acculaw.
Further, before you buy used software, we suggest first getting
answers to these questions:
* What is the cost of executing a Software License Transfer?
* Will I be able to obtain a replacement security device if the
original one fails?
* Will I be able to get technical support?
* Will I be able to get software updates to keep current?
Taking these factors into consideration as the "true" cost, you may
find it's more cost-effective to purchase new software, possibly on
an easy payment plan, without all these concerns.
Training Program Manager
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