Whether you buy your software from a physical store or an online store, stay away from shady companies offering too-good-to-be-true deals. For instance, don’t even bother responding to e-mails offering Photoshop for an unrealistic low price. In all likelihood, the software is pirated, which means it’s illegal to purchase, it won’t come with support from the manufacturer, and it may not work properly-not to mention that it’s unethical and illegal to use bootlegged software.
You could purchase the software used from an individual or another business, although you’ll want to find out from the manufacturer if they allow a license transfer. Without the license, you may not be able to get tech support or software upgrades-the latter of which is extremely important, as suppliers frequently offer new versions with powerful features and compatibility with the latest computer hardware and software.
—Great Dane Graphics