How to Find Software if You Don’t Want to Pay a Monthly Fee (BONUS: And, My Secret for Finding High-Demand Products During a Pandemic)

How to Find Software if You Don’t Want to Pay a Monthly Fee (BONUS: And, My Secret for Finding High-Demand Products During a Pandemic)

When Microsoft, Adobe, and other firms starting offering their software in download-only format, and for a monthly or annual fee, I got really, REALLY mad! At the time, for some of my software programs (like Photoshop), I’d been using the same version for years. For my needs, those programs still worked just fine!

And, the good thing about those old disks (that I keep in a special waterproof container here) was that, after killing one laptop, I could simply re-load them onto a new one I’d bought. I still had the original serial numbers so the software kept working!

Awhile back, I considered upgrading a couple of my programs but I was astounded to learn that the “current” versions were only available for download (no disk!!) and that I’d have to pay a monthly or annual fee to keep using them. WHAT A RIP-OFF!!! Needless to say, I just kept using the older versions which, again, still work just fine.

Recently, one of our employees needed a new laptop. (We each wear out our laptops in about two years from heavy usage.) He needed a new graphics program as well but, following the rules for the original software, I couldn’t let him load my copy onto his computer. We are sticklers about copyrights!

So, I did what I’ve been doing for a few years now. I got on Ebay, and found disks of older versions of programs, and bought those. Yes, there are unused versions of older software for sale online, complete with the serial numbers you need to load them.

On the same note, if you need toilet paper for your home office in a pandemic, I have a trick for you on that, too. Amazon and other sites sell “cases” of toilet paper where each individual roll is wrapped in paper (like you see in hotel rooms). These are used by office buildings, hotels, and other large organizations. It’s not Charmin but it beats the heck out of the Sears catalog! Right now at Staples, you can get 48 rolls for only $35! Google “case of toilet paper” and you’ll find tons of it for sale.

Also, if you’re in need of something else that’s sold out locally, try the trick I used to find flour and facemasks a few months ago. Go to Google, type what you’re looking for, and then click the “shopping” button at the top of the screen. Then, go to the very last entry (click the right-hand arrow repeatedly). Those are the very last sites people are going to click on. I found facemasks at a woodworking supply company, and flour at a bakery supply company. I had to buy a 10-lb bag of flour but, when you’re making your own bread, that doesn’t last long at all!

For meat, skip the grocery store, and head to your local meat market. They’ll be very happy to have your business! And, local farms who used to attend local farmer’s markets are now selling directly to the public. So, get in touch with some of them. One near us was letting customers shoot their own turkeys. We did NOT do that. Another option for meat is online meat sellers that ship using dry ice. It’s more expensive, for sure, but you CAN find plenty of cold products (not just meat!) for sale online as well.

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2 Responses to "How to Find Software if You Don’t Want to Pay a Monthly Fee (BONUS: And, My Secret for Finding High-Demand Products During a Pandemic)"

  1. william adams, pe, phd  December 7, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Those new disks with serial numbers are often scams. Maybe you can find a legit copy that actually works, but the chances say you are as likely to also get one infected with scumware. I agree with the renting of software at high prices is a ripoff. So switch to linux and get libre office for free. Gimp for graphics, also free. You do not have to stick with windoze and all the problems it causes while also renting applications.

  2. Its Outlet  November 25, 2020 at 9:15 pm

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