The dangers of buying cheap software!

Close-up of front of the box
Robert Ian Hawdon

January 18, 2010

  • JC

    It’s a well made fake, tbh, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was virused to the gills.

  • JC

    It’s a well made fake, tbh, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was virused to the gills.

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  • http://www.wparkinson.com/ Wendy Parkinson

    I am currently awaiting delivery of my purchase from bigsoftsale.com. I have been very uneasy since I realised it was coming from China and in a way relieved to have my suspicions confirmed. I found bigsoftsale via a sponsored link on amazon.co.uk and felt sure that they would not be advertising questionable merchants.

    I had already taken the precaution of looking at Microsoft’s “How to tell” pages so that I knew what to look for when it arrived.

    Thanks for publishing this information

  • http://www.wparkinson.com Wendy Parkinson

    I am currently awaiting delivery of my purchase from bigsoftsale.com. I have been very uneasy since I realised it was coming from China and in a way relieved to have my suspicions confirmed. I found bigsoftsale via a sponsored link on amazon.co.uk and felt sure that they would not be advertising questionable merchants.

    I had already taken the precaution of looking at Microsoft’s “How to tell” pages so that I knew what to look for when it arrived.

    Thanks for publishing this information

  • Ceri Davies

    I am so glad that I happened upon this blog – thank you for posting and raising awareness of this issue. Like Wendy, I am awaiting my purchase from BigSoftSale.com and will be sending to Microsoft for checking. This site seemed to be legit, but as you say Ian, there’s no such thing as a free lunch!!

  • Ceri Davies

    I am so glad that I happened upon this blog – thank you for posting and raising awareness of this issue. Like Wendy, I am awaiting my purchase from BigSoftSale.com and will be sending to Microsoft for checking. This site seemed to be legit, but as you say Ian, there’s no such thing as a free lunch!!

  • http://retail-guru.com/ Retail Guru

    Nicely written! Can I use this post for my blog? I will put a link back ofcourse. Thanks :)

  • http://retail-guru.com/ Retail Guru

    Nicely written! Can I use this post for my blog? I will put a link back ofcourse. Thanks :)

  • http://www.op-ezy.co.uk/ Dave

    Sure, please do :-)

  • http://www.op-ezy.co.uk/ Dave

    Sure, please do :-)

  • Lautaro

    I too fell for the scam but there is an interesting twist. It took four days to arrive which was surprising. I decided not to install and phoned Microsoft to ask if it was a genuine copy. They confirmed it is but that I had to be an MSD registered user to install and use! I am not. They suggested I got in touch with the seller and asked for a replacemnt retail copy! Interesting suggestion. I wonder if it would work?!?

  • Lautaro

    I too fell for the scam but there is an interesting twist. It took four days to arrive which was surprising. I decided not to install and phoned Microsoft to ask if it was a genuine copy. They confirmed it is but that I had to be an MSD registered user to install and use! I am not. They suggested I got in touch with the seller and asked for a replacemnt retail copy! Interesting suggestion. I wonder if it would work?!?

  • Sid Oliver

    Hello there
    Thanks for the information I then bought “Ultimate” from a UK retailer. ,However, “Professional” arrived from China. I installed it on my laptop entered the product key OK. Activate was OK and the whole system worked. I did the validation check successfully a complete scan was ok. It seems that I’ve been very lucky and I wish others the best of luck
    Regards
    Sid Oliver

  • Sid Oliver

    Hello there
    Thanks for the information I then bought “Ultimate” from a UK retailer. ,However, “Professional” arrived from China. I installed it on my laptop entered the product key OK. Activate was OK and the whole system worked. I did the validation check successfully a complete scan was ok. It seems that I’ve been very lucky and I wish others the best of luck
    Regards
    Sid Oliver

  • Robert Minton-Taylor

    Don’t touch this company! The software that they sell is at best not licensed for use in the UK and secondly I have been caught out by buying Microsoft Office Professional 2007 software from them only to find out from Microsoft UK that it is not genuine. My advice go to a reliable reseller based in your own country or if you want to buy online go to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. At least you will have some recompense if everything goes pear shaped.

    See my Microsft Counterfeit Report:

    How did you acquire Office 97 Professional?
    Where did you make this purchase?: Web site
    Was your product pre-installed on your computer?: No
    Reseller’s Information
    Company Name: Big Soft
    Country: China
    Reseller’s Phone: +86-18939704773
    Reseller’s E-Mail: ecpss@ecpss.cc
    Reseller’s URL: Microsoft Office 2007 Professional | BigSoftSale.com | Buy Discount Software | Discount Software
    Website Name:
    Auction Website:
    Reseller Username:

    Software Information
    Did you receive a CD with the purchase?: Yes
    Was the CD a hologram CD?: Yes
    Did you recieve a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) with the purchase?: Yes
    Was the COA affixed to the outside of your PC case?: No
    Price Paid: £89.95
    Purchase Date: 2/3/2010
    Counterfeit Description: This company appeared to be genuine. It had what looked like a properly constituted website. It came up at the top of the page on a Google search option – see below – website with a number of authentications e.g. BBB accredited business the VeriSign secured website etc. Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Full Version Microsoft Office Professional 2007 FULL VERSION [Office Profeesional 2007] – £89.95 : Microsoft Office 2007 Professional | BigSoftSale.com | Buy Discount Software | Discount Software

    However, it was only after I purchased the order that I realised that something might be wrong, the tone of language used etc.

    I work as a national freelance journalist. Also the promised delivery time of 48 hrs was never met – the software arrived after 14 working days – the link that it gave to its courier company was broken and then on further investigation I found out from an IT blog Issues with softatlantic / softwarediscountzone – Page 18 – AVForums.com that BigSoft Microsoft Office 2007 Professional | BigSoftSale.com | Buy Discount Software | Discount Software was a China-based company and that there were reported suspicions that it was selling pirated software.

  • Robert Minton-Taylor

    Don’t touch this company! The software that they sell is at best not licensed for use in the UK and secondly I have been caught out by buying Microsoft Office Professional 2007 software from them only to find out from Microsoft UK that it is not genuine. My advice go to a reliable reseller based in your own country or if you want to buy online go to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. At least you will have some recompense if everything goes pear shaped.

    See my Microsft Counterfeit Report:

    How did you acquire Office 97 Professional?
    Where did you make this purchase?: Web site
    Was your product pre-installed on your computer?: No
    Reseller’s Information
    Company Name: Big Soft
    Country: China
    Reseller’s Phone: +86-18939704773
    Reseller’s E-Mail: ecpss@ecpss.cc
    Reseller’s URL: Microsoft Office 2007 Professional | BigSoftSale.com | Buy Discount Software | Discount Software
    Website Name:
    Auction Website:
    Reseller Username:

    Software Information
    Did you receive a CD with the purchase?: Yes
    Was the CD a hologram CD?: Yes
    Did you recieve a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) with the purchase?: Yes
    Was the COA affixed to the outside of your PC case?: No
    Price Paid: £89.95
    Purchase Date: 2/3/2010
    Counterfeit Description: This company appeared to be genuine. It had what looked like a properly constituted website. It came up at the top of the page on a Google search option – see below – website with a number of authentications e.g. BBB accredited business the VeriSign secured website etc. Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Full Version Microsoft Office Professional 2007 FULL VERSION [Office Profeesional 2007] – £89.95 : Microsoft Office 2007 Professional | BigSoftSale.com | Buy Discount Software | Discount Software

    However, it was only after I purchased the order that I realised that something might be wrong, the tone of language used etc.

    I work as a national freelance journalist. Also the promised delivery time of 48 hrs was never met – the software arrived after 14 working days – the link that it gave to its courier company was broken and then on further investigation I found out from an IT blog Issues with softatlantic / softwarediscountzone – Page 18 – AVForums.com that BigSoft Microsoft Office 2007 Professional | BigSoftSale.com | Buy Discount Software | Discount Software was a China-based company and that there were reported suspicions that it was selling pirated software.

  • Orangefish0313

    I bought something on that website through their ECPSS payment gateway.
    In my opionion, they ECPSS have a good customer service, and they responded me in time and at the same time they helped you to get my refund.
    I appreiated it very much.

    They ECPSS also protect customer's personal information.
    I will go on pay money via their company.
    It is very convenient to use.

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  • ‘Dave’ is a fuckwit

    There’s no such thing as fake, counterfeit pirated software you brainwashed idiot. It’s all a copy made in a factory – whether it’s by a factory in China of Microsoft’s own production. The only difference is because you have been brainwashed by these corporate monopolies you think their copies are worth their disgusting retail prices. Software companies love gullible idiots like you, as they want people to be terrifed of ‘counterfeit’ goods, in order to stop them losing their profits. 99% of the time so-called fake or OEM software is as good as the so-called real thing but for a fraction of retail price – in my open-minded educated book that’s a great deal. Anyone who’s name is Ian, but calls themselves Dave need psychiatric help!

  • http://www.op-ezy.co.uk/~ian/ Dave

    Thanks for your views, but ask yourself, who runs these Chinese factories, and what else do they run? That drug dealer in your local neighbourhood, might be using a Chinese supplier who gains the majority of their income off illegal software.
    Microsoft are in no way a perfect company, and I don’t totally agree with some of their business tactics, but at the end of the day, others are benefiting from something they created, and it’s understandable that they get upset.
    And as for my psychiatric status, aren’t we all just a little crazy?
    Merry Christmas!

  • Tired Badger

    Dave
    I have today (15th September 2011) been searching for new MS Office software and came across what looked like a marvellous deal via SoftAtlantic. Being an inherently suspicious person I firstly checked to see if the site had a UK address (as all UK companies are required to state, in accordance with the Companies Act) – it didn’t state any address (surprise, surprise)! 
    A quick ‘google’ led me to your excellent blog.  So it appears despite Microsoft’s attempts, these guys are still producing bootleg versions.  

    P. S. With regards the ‘Dave is a fuckwit’ comments (for the sake of balance), I agree that Microsoft have manipulated the market over the years, to create a massive dominance, so that they can charge obscene prices for new software.  However the answer isn’t piracy, but competition.  If that position can ever be reached it would force Microsoft to be competitive with their pricing.  There are a number of opensource systems out there (I’m no expert), so the more people who begin to use them, then the weaker Microsoft’s stranglehold becomes…wishful thinking I know!

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