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    jimbo45 said: View Post
    I'm quite sure anybody whose been to parts of Shanghai could probably get any piece of software on the planet for a few EUR/USD etc in minutes and without even needing to speak a single word of any dialect of Chinese. !!!!
    C'mon - a lot of those shops are legit

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    badcrc said: View Post
    C'mon - a lot of those shops are legit

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    @badcrc

    Great -- you should go to the French Concession part of Shanghai -- at least it's been kept decently "wicked" -- too many cities have gone for Bland boring high rise expensive stupid "Loft" apartments (who really wants to live in a Loft anyway) and corporate offices forcing out small businesses and interesting "alternative entertainments" which really make the whole point of cities worth living in -- Imagine Greenwich Village in NYC without local bars / restaurants etc etc.

    Anyway if you are in Shanghai

    Here : the most interesting part of the city if you can escape your "Corporate business partners" -- almost anything goes in these districts -- makes NYC seem like a Sunday School under 14's picnic party !!! -- China isn't always like it's portrayed in the Press -- and actually the area is quite safe --less knife crime than London - and there's no probs with Internet etc --- that "Great Firewall of Chins" is more "Fake News" than reality -- at least in this part of Shanghai.

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    @jimbo45, let me tell one fraud that happened with my brother here in India and how it got solved. Apparently there was some sale going on in Amazon.in. My brother ordered a gaming mouse for $9 (original price was $15). When he received it, it turned out to be a simple mouse of just $1. He complained to Amazon Suport and it was Amazon's Representative who refunded the amount and also told him to keep the mouse as a goodwill gesture. My brother had paid the amount using our father's debit card. Similar things happen in India but the shopping site is wholly responsible for any inconvenience, not the seller. Later Amazon had cancelled that seller's license.
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    RK1997 said: View Post
    @jimbo45, let me tell one fraud that happened with my brother here in India and how it got solved. Apparently there was some sale going on in Amazon.in. My brother ordered a gaming mouse for $9 (original price was $15). When he received it, it turned out to be a simple mouse of just $1. He complained to Amazon Suport and it was Amazon's Representative who refunded the amount and also told him to keep the mouse as a goodwill gesture. My brother had paid the amount using our father's debit card. Similar things happen in India but the shopping site is wholly responsible for any inconvenience, not the seller. Later Amazon had cancelled that seller's license.
    Hi there
    @RK1997

    Amazon isn't "The evil Empire" that a lot of people say it is -- it doesn't want to upset its customers -- Not sure about India but if in a lot of countries you pay with a CREDIT and not a DEBIT card and the goods aren't working / not fit for purpose -- then you will get your money refunded -- BY THE BANK or CC company -- it's up to the Bank to hassle / get money back from 3rd party suppliers etc.

    Not sure what law in India is but typically in EU/EEA countries plus some in USA / Canada . AUS. NZ you should ALWAYS pay for online goods with a CREDIT and not a DEBIT card.

    Cheers
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    re online fraud - back when 32GB pen drives were considered massive and were very expensive, I bought one - at 1/10 of the real price - from the far East via 'a certain auction site'. It turned out to be a 2GB chip, programmed to look like 32GB. You'd never notice as you filled it up with movies - until you tried playing one back. It was just overwriting the data.

    I emailed the seller and got a refund to my PayPal the next day. I guess if the seller reimbursed the few folk who complained, he was still making a packet. An honest crook LOL.

    I still occasionally buy stuff from China. Beats me how they can mail stuff halfway round the world for a few quid incl P & P. Fair play to 'em.
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    badcrc said: View Post
    re online fraud - back when 32GB pen drives were considered massive and were very expensive, I bought one - at 1/10 of the real price - from the far East via 'a certain auction site'. It turned out to be a 2GB chip, programmed to look like 32GB. You'd never notice as you filled it up with movies - until you tried playing one back. It was just overwriting the data.

    I emailed the seller and got a refund to my PayPal the next day. I guess if the seller reimbursed the few folk who complained, he was still making a packet. An honest crook LOL.

    I still occasionally buy stuff from China. Beats me how they can mail stuff halfway round the world for a few quid incl P & P. Fair play to 'em.
    Bought a bag of adhesive backed clips for cable wire from China a few months ago. Took two weeks to arrive but including shipping I got a bag of 50 clips for half the price of a bag of 8 in a store here. Itís not so much that Chinaís is so cheap but that local sellers put such a crazy markup on things. Yea, I understand about overhead but some of the markups in stores is insane.
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    RK1997 said: View Post
    Looks like a legit deal to me, since they are supplying a KEY and not some USERNAME and PASSWORD.
    After activation, if you wish to know whether it is really genuine or not, run the following command:
    1. cscript "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /dstatus (If you install 64-bit Office)
    2. cscript "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /dstatus (If you install 32-bit Office)
    The License Description should show a retail license.
    Good tip.

    I bought a cheap Office 2016 licence via Amazon UK last year and it still works fine.
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    RK1997 said: View Post
    Looks like a legit deal to me, since they are supplying a KEY and not some USERNAME and PASSWORD.
    After activation, if you wish to know whether it is really genuine or not, run the following command:
    1. cscript "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /dstatus (If you install 64-bit Office)
    2. cscript "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /dstatus (If you install 32-bit Office)
    The License Description should show a retail license.
    Hi. When a seller provides a key to me instead of any email ID and passwords, does it mean that in the worst case scenario, Ms takes back the license and I just lost those few bucks of money but my Office documents are safe and should never have been viewed or stolen by anyone else?

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    But where in Amazon do you get those cheap license key of Office 2016/2019?
    I can't find any on Amazon.com

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    badcrc said: View Post
    re online fraud - back when 32GB pen drives were considered massive and were very expensive, I bought one - at 1/10 of the real price - from the far East via 'a certain auction site'. It turned out to be a 2GB chip, programmed to look like 32GB. You'd never notice as you filled it up with movies - until you tried playing one back. It was just overwriting the data.

    I emailed the seller and got a refund to my PayPal the next day. I guess if the seller reimbursed the few folk who complained, he was still making a packet. An honest crook LOL.

    I still occasionally buy stuff from China. Beats me how they can mail stuff halfway round the world for a few quid incl P & P. Fair play to 'em.
    China is a country of communist system, at least to some certain extent, although they could be capitalism. They keep their salaries low so that
    their products can sell well all over the world and the country could grow,
    but in Europe or USA yes many people mark up prices insane because they need to maintain their high salaries, they only consider things for their own sake, but China does not. That's why they grow.
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    Tsw88 said: View Post
    Hi. When a seller provides a key to me instead of any email ID and passwords, does it mean that in the worst case scenario, Ms takes back the license and I just lost those few bucks of money but my Office documents are safe and should never have been viewed or stolen by anyone else?
    Only if the license is retail you don't have to worry. Sometimes, licenses other than retail may be blocked by Microsoft but your files stay with you only where you save them. The ones who provide you E-mail and password have complete access to your documents if you save them in that same account's OneDrive.
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    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there
    @RK1997

    Amazon isn't "The evil Empire" that a lot of people say it is -- it doesn't want to upset its customers -- Not sure about India but if in a lot of countries you pay with a CREDIT and not a DEBIT card and the goods aren't working / not fit for purpose -- then you will get your money refunded -- BY THE BANK or CC company -- it's up to the Bank to hassle / get money back from 3rd party suppliers etc.

    Not sure what law in India is but typically in EU/EEA countries plus some in USA / Canada . AUS. NZ you should ALWAYS pay for online goods with a CREDIT and not a DEBIT card.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    In the UK you are covered by law for credit card refunds for purchases exceeding £100. Between £10 to £100 you can use the chargeback process which depends on the goodwill of the credit card firm. There is no obligation to refund for purchases under £10 nor if you pay via a third party e.g. use a credit card on eBay via PayPal.
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