CCampbell -> RE: Nero OEM vs. Retail vs. Download (8/24/2001 2:00:14 PM)
Not completely accurate.
I've responded below...
OK, I want to be sure about Nero OEM vs Retail. Correct me if any of the following is wrong:
---I can buy a boxed full retail version of Nero for $69.
A) Boxed Retail from Fry's Electronics, CompUSA, RadioShack, etc for $69.99
---I can get a bundled OEM version of Nero with certain drives (AOpen, TDK, LiteOn...others?), but this OEM version will work only with that particular model. It will be almost identical to the full version, except for a few minor functions.
A) This is OEM, and all OEMs are limited in that they do not have the below features. (But a Bundled OEM version also will only work with the model recorder it's bundled with.)
- AntiVirus protection
- Karaoke Filter
- CrossFade feature
- Multiple recorder support (write to 2 drives at a time)
PS. This also comes with Nero Media Player, and InCD on the OEM CD.
---I can download a trial version on the Nero web site and register it for $49. It will be similar to the OEM version, except that it will work with all supported drives.
A) This is actually a Full Retail version, but with out the Nero CD Box, or Manual, or Label aplicator or labels. (No limitations at all)
---I can buy an OEM version online or in a store for as low as $24. It will still lack the few minor functions, but work with all supported drives. I will only get a CD. No manual. No shiny box. No labels.
A) Not so. We do not sell OEM in the store seperately. In the United States, it's illegal to sell OEM software without the Hardware.
However, in Germany its legal to sell the OEM software without the hardware, as long as you state it's an OEM product. You must be carefull, as you may get an OEM version that is limited to say Yamaha or TDK recorders, and you may have a Plextor, for example. Or you could get an OEM Nero CD that does support all model recorders.
So is this how it works? Why would I pay $49 for a download from Ahead Software that is identical to what I can get in some stores for half that price? Am I missing something?
A) Hopefully the information I provided will give you an answer as to why you would or would not purchase from the web. :-)
Finally, as I live in Canada, I would be grateful if anyone could tell me where in Canada I could buy an OEM version of Nero. I could always order from the US, but it is then possible that I would have to pay additional duties and taxes.
A) Unfortuneately, I do not know the answer to this, as I am not in sales. :-) Hopefully others here can assist with this.