Re: Software clueless - Posted by Jeff
Posted by Jeff on November 14, 1998 at 14:34:07:
I read the comments on this post and saw suggestings for Word, Excel, and Access, all of which are part of Microsoft Office Pro (It also comes with a PIM). You stated though that it costs around $300 if you are not upgrading. If you are paying more than $20 you’re paying too much. I recently bought 3 copies for my church for $17.50 apiece, and it’s completely legal! The only difference between this and the product that you buy in the store is that this is only the CD; not any books/documentation whatsoever. Go to your local bookstore and buy a $20 book about office and you will probably be getting better documentation anyway.
Microsoft doesn’t sell it directly for that, nor do the normal channels of distribution sell it for that price, but Microsoft is smart enough that they realize that once the software is no longer ‘new’, that they can’t expect the number of sales to stay high. Not only that, they also know that the more people use their product, the more people AREN’T using Wordperfect, etc. Not to mention, once people start using a particular software, they are less likely to change.
Think of it as a not so current movie. If you are willing to wait until after a movie’s initial popular release you can see the same movie for a dollar.
Go to http://www.ebay.com and do a search for office 97. You will probably have a choice of 20 or 30 different people selling office for around that price. (don’t forget to compare the price including shipping costs) NOTE: A way to protect yourself from fly-by-night distributors that will take your money, (yes, you must pay first and then they send you the product) is to look at the number that is the feedback indicator. The higher the number, the more positive feedbacks that they have. Click on the number and you can read the feedback. Anyone who has a high feedback, even one that is as low as 20 or 30, has more at stake than to cheat you. They are making more money than your deal off of that auction. If it can be proved that they are cheating you, they get banned from the auction and will lose a lot of income.