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Differentiating the Legitimate from the Illegitimate Software Resellers

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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:

Software King

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?
While all my purchases with Software King seem legitimate, some of their prices seem too good to be true. Take this MS Office 3-install package as an example: http://www.softwareking.com/O2K10PR3-p-office-2010-pro.html
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