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violentlyknits
« on: September 07, 2006 02:40:34 AM »

I'm thinking of buying software for my husqvarna embroiderymachine from someone in vietnam and pay about 10% of the price. But I'm afraid to get fooled. you hear so much about fraud and things.

What do you think. has anyone here bought software like that?
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2006 07:24:03 AM »

I would absolutely NOT buy that.  Many of the foreign purchases are scams.

There is one crazy site that posts all over and lists litterly a hundred or better top-name software brands.  Some of the things they list aren't even up to date.  I asked the seller one time if they were sold in the box with their dongles (keys).  He said, "No", I wouldn't need the dongles because they were CRACKED (pirated) software! 

Many of these software packages need dongles to work.  If you upgrade your software (which is much cheaper than buying out right), you take the information from the first dongle and then load a second dongle.  The first dongle opens the software to a certain point then the second dongle unlocks the software.  When this is done, the first dongle no longer works.  It is destroyed in the process.  To operate the software you use the dongle each time to open it.  Many people will sell old software and dongles to unsuspecting customers. When the customer tries install it, the software will ask for a vaild dongle but the dongle (which you do have) is dead and will no longer open the software.  Also, you need codes from the companies to activate the good dongles.  You'll get neither from your seller.   

So...here's the bottom line....there is a better than even chance that either the software is illegal, the software may not even exist, or you may get legal software that no longer works.  Buying software from individuals is not a very safe bet unless you have a sealed box from the mfg and you know that it is sealed.  Many people will even sell the old drained dongles and old software not realizing they are no good. 

If you are looking for an inexpensive software, I'd look at Embird online.  Many people use this and buy the plug ins, even digitize and sell the results on reputable embroidery sites.  It is decent, afordable software.  This is a much better option for you and you can get it legally online!
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