Most Software Retailers are quite happy to rip off existing customers by charging far more for renewals than available elsewhere.
Sure I received the offer of a 30% reduction from retail when renewing my 3-PC 2-Year Anti Virus suite – but after googling ‘Kaspersky Internet Security’, I was able to buy it online retail (from a Genuine re-seller) for $53.50 LESS (And that included $16 for postage).
If you are more adventurous you can even search for your chosen software on eBay & find genuine discounts on products with un-activated licences – this is perfectly legal and can bring HUGE discounts … but be sure it is a legitimate product. (Paying via Credit Card will offer some protection against fraud – Paypal? Not so much – their track-record is poor)
I’ve heard all of the manufacturer’s bleatings about ‘we don’t set the price’ we only suggest a RRP – but I fail to see how a retailer with overheads to consider can sell at a severely discounted price to that of the source.
So Google before renewal!
Of course the internet is rife with unscrupulous sellers all to eager to get your money & details – so don’t just head for the cheapest deal … make sure that the online store is run by a legitimate company & search for any negative consumer reports. It’s also wise to use some form of ‘payment protection’ so that you are not left without recourse if the cheaper price is a rip-off!