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08/06/2007 09:37:38 AM · #1
i tried searching for this because I know its been discussed, but i couldn't find it through the many threads.

Where is the best place to buy CS3 and cheapest? Im looking for my brother who is a student so places like academic superstore are fine. Any other good academic places to buy it cheap?

Thanks.
08/06/2007 09:52:27 AM · #2
Buying it at the student price is what you'll get the un-pirated version for. Why not just buy from the Adobe site? I don't know what kind of proof they need to be able to buy the student version.
08/06/2007 10:14:12 AM · #3
Academic Superstore is where I got mine. Great price and good service. I could not find the student version any cheaper than at academicsuperstore.com.
08/06/2007 10:38:19 AM · #4
I don't want to buy it from Adobe because it costs $650. I can get it from Academicsuperstore.com for $299 for the extended version. My brother is a student so he has whatever credentials he needs.
08/06/2007 11:26:49 AM · #5
Your local college bookstore should be able to get the academic version for you.
08/06/2007 11:32:55 AM · #6
You can get the same educational pricing through Adobe.
08/06/2007 11:51:40 AM · #7
Just as a side-note:

The educational pricing is a bit of a catch-22. As a student, you can purchase it at the lower price -- because you are using it as a learning tool. However, as soon as you graduate, you are supposed to "upgrade" to a non-educational version because now, it's no longer a learning tool.

This is important if you intend to use that educational version for any kind of professional work. For example, selling prints from a site like dpchallenge. (Even if you're still a student.)

Will Adobe go after you if you don't upgrade and you use it professionally? Probably not -- I suspect it depends on the scale of your professional operations. But it is something to be aware of.
08/06/2007 12:25:11 PM · #8
not that this worries me in any way, but how would adobe know what I use this for? How would they know if I sell prints or not?

You are also supposed to claim all income on your taxes...
08/06/2007 12:50:18 PM · #9
Originally posted by Jmnuggy:

not that this worries me in any way, but how would adobe know what I use this for? How would they know if I sell prints or not?


To your first question. There could be something written into the resulting files that includes the serial number you used in registering your copy of Photoshop. This could be easily checked in a database to confirm whether or not the number was an "Academic" version of a "unhindered" version. The other way they could figure this would be to have your software regularly "phone home" to tell them that it is still being used. How many people remain students for more than 8 years, in art?

To your second question. This isn't incredibly likely, unless they feel it is possible that they could garner more money than it would cost to pay someone to check images posted to "for sale" sites.

Originally posted by Jmnuggy:


You are also supposed to claim all income on your taxes...


...and if you don't and subsequently are audited and need to explain how certain things came into your possession and are unable to provide receipts regarding the costs. They will hit you for what they estimate the cost is/was, tack on late-fee penalties and suddenly you are looking at tens of thousands in back taxes, instead of paying a few hundred to a few thousand over a few years.
08/09/2007 02:06:38 PM · #10
slickchik,
When you ordered from Academic Superstore, did you do the instant verification where they ask for your SSN# and email address? If so and it was approved, is there anything else you needed to do?

I ordered it yesterday and the email confirmation was kind of confusing.

08/09/2007 02:18:56 PM · #11

I called Academic Superstore and asked how I can prove my academic status. I am a middle/high school teacher...

Since there is a picture of me on the school's website, they simply went to the website while I was on the phone with them, approved my academic status and processed the order right then.

This doesn't help you though...

Message edited by author 2007-08-09 14:19:14.
08/09/2007 02:56:43 PM · #12
it may. When I did it, I did the instant verification which just asks for an email address, name and SSN#. Obviously if the SSN match the name w/ a .edu email than its approved.

When I got confirmation emails, the first one said that credentials would need to be mailed/faxed in to be verified, but the second email said it should be all set.

Nice thing is my brother is in the sciences so grad school/medical school is in his future. He will be a student till hes 40.
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