Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1
Some vendors who sell products on eBay may actually have gone to the trouble and expense of obtaining a license, but I would surmise that most have not. And I think the public pretty well knows that. In any event, I'm sure you've heard the old adage that "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." There is truth to that. The responsibility is on the buyer to make sure he/she is buying a product from a licensed seller, not the other way around. The fact that the OP is merely trying to find out whether or not his/her software is genuine does not take away from the fact that he/she purchased the product from an unlicensed seller and now has no recourse from Microsoft because this is exactly what Microsoft is spending millions of dollars to prevent. This is BIG BUSINESS and these companies are not playing!
Sir you obviously sound like a person who has never been taken advantage of or even been ripped off in your entire life. If this case, you are in a very rare extremely small group of people who have avoided this unpleasant situation.
For the vast number of everyday honest consumers who go about their business of shopping for genuine products at a discount, i.e. like I did with Photoshop, you shouldn’t expect to be ripped off or robbed for doing what is totally legal.... shopping for a discount!
I'll admit I don't shop e-bay because of all the horror stories I hear, but on the other hand I'm not so blind to the fact that there are thousands of sellers there who are totally legal and authorized to see goods and services.
Since e-bay is a legally recognized company, the OP has a legal right to shop there for a discount on goods and services and not expect to be rip-off!
You point is well taken and agreed on that software companies lose millions to piracy/counterfeiting rings. I just think you're putting too much blame on the OP without knowing all the facts.
In short you’re making a presumption that the OP did something wrong by shopping e-bay, and should have expected to be ripped off for shopping there. Wow.
BTW you can get counterfeit software from authorized reputable vendors as well. It’s been known to happen from time to time.
Anyway we'll agree to disagree agreeably and move on