The only time I’ve done that it actually worked out. I bought Macromedia Dreamweaver for very cheap, like $30. The caveat being that it was an older version, but came in a full retail box with the stink wrap, labels, etc… I was able to register, and buy further updates. I would say that 199% of the time that’s not the case. As @neilferreri mentioned, if it isn’t pirated, then it’s likely pirated AND infected. Software is a funny thing, because we don’t have a physical “tool” in our hands it can be hard to cough up the cash. As a software developer in a past life I can say that just as much work goes into developing a piece of software as does designing and producing a physical tool, the only real difference is in material/production costs(unless you count pizza and coffee). I wouldn’t run that software if they gave ME $9.99!
It’s not a deal, it’s theft, and apparently part of the instructions for installation require that one disconnect from the internet and run a script which gives the “seller” full control of your machine.
Vectric actually has a mechanism to charge for transferring a license:
Thanks for the advise. My first instinct was it was a rip off. I have seen some older versions of software sell for less than when it was current but from $2000.00 to $9.95 was just too good to be true.