Before you succumb to the temptation, read my article on how to spot, avoid, and report Internet software piracy scams and illegal warez. The article will also point you to several ways you can get inexpensive or free software the legal way.
• How to Spot and Avoid Software Piracy and Scams
Here are some additional pointers for spotting piracy, directly from Adobe:
If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Check a reputable retailer site to look up the market price for the software. If there is more than a 20% discount on the MSRP without Adobe rebates, then there is a significant risk that the seller is:
- Trying to resell OEM bundle copies without the required hardware,
- Trying to resell products unbundled from an Adobe Collection or Suite,
- Trying to pass off an educational version of software as a full retail version,
- Trying to sell a counterfeit or illegal product (usually provided on CD-R) with a cracked or bogus serial number,
- Trying to provide an upgrade version with a counterfeit previous version as a "full" version of the current software, or
- Trying to resell a product stolen from a reseller or retailer.
If Photoshop is priced out of your budget, it could be that you really don't need it. Photoshop Elements offers much of the same functionality of Photoshop, for a fraction of the price.
• A Comparison of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
• Photoshop Review
• Photoshop Elements Review
• Check Prices on Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Lastly, here are links to some of my favorite sites for finding legitimate deals on software and more:
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