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I recently received some junk mail from an online store that sells OEM software.

They state they have MS Visual Studio .NET Architect for under $100  (normally thousands of dollars).

Is this kind of thing legitimate?

Since it's OEM you don't get the box, the manuals, or tech support, nor can you register the product.
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by:Éric Moreau
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I never saw OEM version of MS developpers tools!
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surely not legal.

If you are looking for a free way of doing C#, have a look at http://www.mono-project.com/about/index.html
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Thanks.

I work for a Windows shop, but at home it might be fun.

Tom
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> Since it's OEM you don't get the box, the manuals, or tech support, nor can you register the product.

An important note is that with OEM software you can still register the product, or in the case of Product Activation, you must activate it.  Also, techinical support should still be provided regardless if the software is OEM.  If you were told otherwise by your salesperson, that should definately increase your level of suspicion.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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I haven't ordered anything yet.

Don't want to get ripped off.
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by:gregoryyoung
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the last thing you want is the BSA at your door ... 100,000 per incident.
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Even for private individuals?

Yikes!
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