I regularly purchase software for my largest client. My client imposes two key requirements on my software purchases:
The software is inexpensive as possible.
The software is legitimate.
While both requirements are reasonable, they often conflict. I'll use one of my current vendors as an example:
I've taken the following steps to assure that Software King sells legitimate software:
I called a sales rep at Software King. She provided reasonable answers to all my questions.
Software King is based in Vancouver, BC. I called the Vancouver Better Business Bureau. They assured me that Software King is a legitimate business in Vancouver.
I called Microsoft and inquired if Software King was legitimate. While Software King is not a "Microsoft Authorized Distributor" (few Canadian companies are), the Microsoft rep grudgingly admitted that many legimate resellers are not "Microsoft Authorized Distributors."
Despite these inquiries, I still have concerns:
Software King is not a U.S. based business. My primary client is a U.S. based business. Is this a problem with licensing?