Yet more ways to save on software
We recommend eBay for second hand software
Pirated software: You can buy pirated copies of most major software programs for £5 - £10. In fact there's a brand of pirated CDs called Cappuccino (among others) that condenses several top programs into just one CD which sells for about £20, saving you approximately £3500. A lot of people pick these CDs up when they go on holidays abroad. You can also find these CDs advertised in places like the software section of Bargain papers (Loot, Buy & Sell, Friday-Ad, Diamond Free Ads, Channel Master VPN Connection, etc) or your local paper. You can sometimes find them in boot sales, and very occasionally in small computer fairs. The advertisers may not use any specific name, they may not say it's pirated, but you can usually identify them by the ridiculously cheap prices they charge and the fact that their contact number will usually be a mobile phone. Again we strongly advise that making or using pirated software is a crime.
If we don't want you using pirated software then why all the information above? We've put in this information because that's how the real world is, and we trust people to make the right call. Also, we believe you need to know what to avoid. As a business we ALWAYS make sure that any software we use is licensed to us. We advise you do the same.
Why don't you consider the shareware and freeware programs above?
Look also for taster offers. Companies sometimes give out lite versions of their software for free in the hope that you'll like it so much you'll buy the full version with more features.