Actually the price of software in Japan is quite resonable . Wacom Tablets cost less then half of what they do in the UK. I saw a Wacom Intuos 2 A4 going for £170 brand new in one shop and an A4 intuos 1 going for £100 in another.
I think the reason that it costs more in certain countries is that in general a business will charge as much as for a product as they can (which makes sense since the ultimate goal of any business is to make as much profit as possible). I am sure if we in the UK stopped buying software because we thought it was too expensive the prices would come down. It isn’t fair but it is the way most companies operate.:shrug:
Have you ever checked into OEM software? Some of the websites that sell OEM software have products from Corel. I saw Corel Painter anywhere from $90-$150. It’s the commercial version, however you don’t get the box or manual (you do get access to the online help)
Also try Ebay, I got Corel Painter 8 for $90 including shipping and handling. It’s the full, legal version.
I did a search for OEM software on this forum and couldn’t find anything, including a warning not to post anything about it. If it’s something that shouldn’t be discussed then tell me so and I’ll edit this post. I can’t think of what would be wrong with it though
Software piracy and promoting the use of software piracy is irresponsible, to say nothing of unethical and illegal. It hurts the sotware companies, no matter what your peers tell you. They’re wrong if they say it doesn’t.
If it hurts the software companies, it hurts all of us.
So be responsible and do the right thing. You know what that is.
I’m not sure where you read into my post that I stole anything. I won Corel Painter 8 on ebay for $90. Sealed with its’ own serial number, product autheticity card, and both cd’s. Thanks but no thanks on your little speech there.
In addition, by your own statement, you read the “warning not to post anything about it”, so you obviously…
Know darned well you should not be posting anything about it. Give us a break.
Read it again, I said I could not find anything with regards to oem software. So I’ll just brush off that little sermon you gave.
If it is illegal in any way then I’d sure like to know. This is all I’ve been able to find:
OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM software is a full version of a program used by system builders and computer manufacturers. It is identical to the Retail Box version, but does not include a manual, a box, or installation support from the manufacturer. Support is usually still available on the manufacturers web site or on a paid-per-incident basis. OEM versions will usually include the software in the form of a CD-ROM, the Certificate of Authenticity, the product key code, the license, and a registration card. If you buy a Microsoft OEM or DSP version that does not have all of these items, there is a good chance that the software is not authentic.
I have not purchased any oem software as I’m still checking into it myself. Apparently you know something I don’t since you were so quick to accuse me. Instead of being a jerk about it you could have simply informed me as to why oem is illegal.
The wacom painter upgrade is probably the best way to get painter. I got my tablet about 3 years ago and didn’t take advantage of the upgrade offer until last year and they still honored that price. So in case anyone’s wondering if there’s a time limit on upgrading there doesn’t seem to be.