Computer software is one of the biggest sellers online, everyone using a computer uses software, don’t they? There can be problems, however, if you try to sell certain kinds of software that auction sites don’t allow. Used software is a minefield, and you could end up buying something dodgy to resell without even realizing it.
Here are the various kinds of software that you’re not allowed to sell on most auction sites, and how to spot them. You should always try installing used software before you sell it, as this might give you a few clues. You can also opt for online computer auctions.
This one is reasonably obvious, but pirate software can be hard to spot. The biggest things to look out for are auctions that don’t have pictures or only have pictures from catalogs, unrealistically low prices and come with no manuals or documentation. Microsoft software comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, which you should check.
Software that is on recordable media such as CD-RWs is usually pirated. If you see software that offered for download only, it is often pirated but not always. Some small software developers allow download licenses for their software to be resold on other auction sites.
Type the name of the software into a search engine, and go to the manufacturer’s site to check. Remember that software you download is very unlikely to come with resale rights, though.
Beta software is pre-release software, issued by companies for testing purposes. Companies generally do not give permission for their beta software to be sold or redistributed, as it won’t be as good as the final product. Do not buy anything that says it is beta, and return anything you receive that says beta or not for resale or distribution anywhere on the CD or during the install.