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I was searching the internet to buy a replacement for our aged MS Office professional. (I don’t want to buy the subscription versions.) popped up at the top of the search results (without any warnings from the various malware checkers I have) and offered very very very cheap software. This immediately made me suspicious. I couldn’t find much independent information about it apart from a number of negative reviews.

Beware. It does not seem to be a legitimate retailer.

Edit: I’ve found more that seem sus. Call me a cynic, but when they are selling at 90%+ off, I am wary. They just seem too cheap to be legitimate. Could be wrong. In Kuala Lumpur too cheap This one has a Canadian address.


An update -

I purchased a “NEW” copy of MS Office Professional through eBay hoping that there was a bit more security after all of eBay’s assurances about cleaning its act up.

Well guess what? The product key sent to me would not activate the product as it had been used too many times according to the MS message. Not only that, the installation mangled my existing Office installation, so I spent ½ a day uninstalling, reinstalling, and reconfiguring my existing version.

Next step, claim back the cost from eBay.


How frustrating @meltam. Good luck getting your refund sorted, let us know if you need any assistance.


https:// I had purchased a Windows 7 ultimate, Win10 and Microsoft office keys sadly this store is no longer available.
Microsoft for anyone who has not bothered to read through all their conditions basically they do not guarantee that what you are using will work in a manner you may expect. So an OS may not work so why are they allowed to charge for a product they knowingly disclaim it’s ability to do what you expect it to?

Anyway I was forced to get new keys due to their failed updates corrupting my OS’s and software then their refusal to fix so forced me to buy new ones.

Yes they were cheep less than $40 for all three and they all worked and fixed the issues Microsoft wanted me for fork over $400+ for new office and OS keys but refused to provide Win 7 cheaper as they were discontinuing it at the time so would only offer a substandard overpriced key for Home version.

My advise do your research as best you can on the site, or trader try forum sites like whirlpool on any site for cheep software keys etc.
Use a credit card or PayPal linked to credit card so if a transaction should be fraudulent have them investigate you may need to provide details regarding the purchase and issues and you may get a refund.

People knocking some sites just because they are cheep with no basis on fact are trolls you have to make the choice so use your brains and deal with facts by people whom have dealt with the seller.

If you have not dealt with the trader but offering an opinion without facts you have an obligation to state that the opinion is given not knowing the trader or their dealings.

I have looked at so called scam sites that offer a range of complaints but have found after further research the good and bad comments virtually cancel each other out and a lot claiming scam have not dealt with the site/trader they are abusing they are posting for site rankings for their own status in most cases.
Also some scam sites also remove negative posts about some traders while promoting others and yes eBay even do that.

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Thanks for your advice @GI-in-OZ.

The site I purchase had good ratings from lots of people. Maybe the keys that they sold to those people hadn’t at that stage been use more than the permissible amount?

Did this :smiley: and ended up getting my money back from eBay.


Buying a Win 10 key + an office key (if for latest versions) for $40 means you are buying “illegal” keys, they may work once, they may not work, they may work several times. It is a risk and MS do block keys they become aware of that are being misused.

That said there is still a way to get legal Win 10 keys both Home & Pro versions without paying. Once you get the legal keys make sure you (if you don’t already have) create a MS account. Then using the PC log into that account at least once and MS will associate that key with that machine. If in the future you have to upgrade that PC to the point that it is no longer recognised as a licenced machine, you reinstall Win 10 then log into the MS account and transfer the licence to the upgraded PC. My licenced (free) PCs