BEWARE so many Fake Office in eBay UK
Unfortunately, there are a number of High Quality Counterfeit versions selling on the Internet today, and some would even fool professionals! While these appear to be legitimate products, they are not - often originating in China and bought cheaply (around £20 )then resold in the UK as genuine for between £89 - £150 - they not only deprive genuine resellers, but for you, the customer, they can be a nightmare and a waste of your hard earned money, and contain viruses and other malware which can compromise your computer system. You may be very happy, having purchased what you thought to be a genuine product at a knock down price. Will you be as happy when Microsoft block the software in a few months time when the Volume License Key is exceeded? Will you be happy if your Bank Account is emptied because there are trojans or keyloggers installed on your system as a result of installing this "Bargain"? The software *will* eventually be Blocked by Microsoft, and cease working.
They will install, and often, do not require activation, as genuine products do. After activation, and as part of normal updates, (even on non activated counterfeits)your PC will download the Office Genuine Advantage Tool from Microsoft. Even if they initially pass Validation (and they may well do so, since the Product Key used by the counterfeiters is a genuine key, but stolen from a large corporation) - When the key exceeds the allowable number of activations, the key will be Blocked by Microsoft. This will result in messages on your screen, telling you that you do not have Genuine Microsoft Office
The sellers of Counterfeit Software are not knowledgable. Often they will state that it is "Licensed for 3 PCs" or "Licensed for non commercial use on up to 3 PCs". This, in fact, is either ignorance or deceit on the part of the seller. The ONLY office Product that is in fact licensed for 3 PC's is "OFFICE HOME AND STUDENT"
The back of the Box, both fakes, and genuine, lists all Office Suites. Office Home & Student has an asterisk (*) before the product name.
At the bottom of the box rear cover, there is a statement "*Licensed for non-commercial use on up to 3 computers"
The asterisk by the product name corresponds to the asterisk on the statement.
After installation, the product, if FILE - HELP is selected on Outlook, it will say OUTLOOK 2010 PART OF MICROSOFT OFFICE PROFESSIONAL PLUS 2010 or PART OF MICROSOFT OFFICE ENTERPRISE 2010, instead of the correct "Part of Office Professional 2010".
So, how can the average person tell, other than the fact that the seller is offering at £95 instead of £360, the RRP? Below is the only method currently of identifying, before purchase, a Genuine Product - the "Certificate of Authenticity", which is on the top of every retail box.
There are pictures, to assist you in determining if your Product is a high quality counterfeit item:
The Part Number for USA Version is 269-14964, and will be made in USA or Puerto Rico
The Part Number for UK Verson is 269-14670, and will state Origin:Ireland
GENUINE: Origin Ireland, Correct Part Number for UK, Holes on far left of CoA Label have indistinct edges and do not appear to be holes.
FAKE: "Made in USA" but Part Number is UK Version 269-14670, and "SKU" preceding the part number. Holes in CoA on far left have edges that are too cleanly cut and are clearly holes.
86 of 89 people found this review helpful.
| No, I wouldn't recommend this product.
I have a note to say that I activated this product on 21st September 2010 after purchasing it after using the trial version for a few months. I activated it on my desktop and laptop, verified by Microsoft, and all seemed well. About nine months later my desktop expired. I tried to activate it on my new desktop several times but got a variety of messages basically saying the key was invalid. I eventually ring Microsoft who confirm this. "But", says I, "I have already activated it on my old desktop and laptop with no problems", to which the reply was that it takes Microsoft a while to determine whether a product is valid or not and it seems they let them through on default for a while. Unfortunately, their inefficiency cost me. The seller I purchased from had built up something of a good track record (over 100 positives) and had remained active for about six months after my purchase, but because my problem didn't arise until after nine months, they had done abunk and Ebay didn't want to know. At least if I had been told that, for whatever reason, the product was 'invalid' straight away I would hopefully have been able to seek some redress from Ebay. The review from davad technology is very useful - thanks. I would add that the product key on my version is slightly different - 269-14870. Given the above I would advise anyone purchasing Microsoft products to activate them by phone rather than via the automated internet route. Ask their representative to double check that your product really is what you think it is and ask them for something in writing to confirm this (so they can't change their mind later). The outer packaging of my product is exactly as I have seen in several stores, complete with the sloped right hand top. The DVD itself looks genuine, it has holograms on the front (which I have tried to pull off, as another reviewer suggested, without success) and it even has holograms in the inner ring on the data side. If it is some sort of volume licence copy, it is very confusing in that it was supplied in sealed retail packaging. If it is a counterfiet, then it's a very good one (and good enough to confuse Microsoft itself, at least temporarily). Being reticent to fill Microsoft's coffers further, I searched around and found that a product called IBM Lotus Symphony is available for free download. I have used this for several months now and find it to be about 95% as good as the Microsoft offering, which is not bad considering that it is 100% cheaper. It only offers a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software so if you need Access you may need to purchase that separately. A friend uses 'Open Office' which is similar.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Caught by a fake; a sealed packet can still be a counterfeit!
| No, I wouldn't recommend this product.
Purchased from a top rated business seller. Several photos were provided, so I could see the COA and it was sealed in cellophane. The country of origin was Ireland and the code 269-14670 as is suggested to be genuine. The DVD loaded, the product key worked so all was well.
The packet states licensed for non commercial use for up to 3 PC's. This appears to be one of the giveaways now as it is not a student version, but I wasn't aware of this.
After a couple of months I wanted to install it on my laptop and couldn't use the DVD, so tried over the net and of course it didn't work.
Rang Microsoft who told me I have a developer key, so as others have said it may well work for a while and then stop working. They pointed me to www.microsoft.com/howtotell and this shows you some of what to look out for. In my case it turns out the hologram DVD is actually a sticker, rather than embedded in the DVD. Now I look closely at the instructions I can see they are copies.
I'm out of time with ebay and Paypal. By purchasing with Paypal you lose your rights under the section 75 card act, so you can't claim via your credit card company.
I've filed a counterfeit claim with Microsoft, so will have to see if that turns anything up, otherwise it's an expensive lesson learnt.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
dont get caught out
this software which is microsoft office professional 2010 which is a copy it is not original yet it has a COA STICKER and a
registration key number with printed paper work that looks like it is from micrsoft.
yes the software loads ok but you can not activate it as microsoft then tell you the registration key is invalid.
there fore you have software that will run for 29 days before it starts shuting
parts of the software down.
my advice is buy from a shop or computer expert.
piracey copy of origanal disc
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Office has and always will be awesome to use and the kids love it
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Purchased this from eBay on 10/09/12 after buying two new laptops one for myself and one for the kids to use. The kids seem to be using Office in school and I thought it may just help them move a long a little quicker having there own copy at home. Unfortunately the licence that came with it was not valid. I did get a refund but what was interesting I contacted Microsoft UK and purchased a licence for two computers with one years help via freephone for £179.99 which is half the retail price.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.