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Old 10-12-2012, 12:40 AM
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Hello,

I don't have a pro tools system yet, although I have been a post-production sound engineer for 10 years.

I want to buy pro tools 10. I notice on ebay that some people sell a package consisting of an ilok and the license so that you can download the software from avid and then activate it. Or they just sell the license which they transfer to your ilok account which they promise to transfer upon payment.

These packages seem to be available for about £300 as opposed to the standard £450-£550 price for new package with dvds. Is this an acceptable and legal way to buy pro tools? Are they just selling the license but keeping the dvds? And in this case, what is the point of having one without the other?!

Many thanks in advance.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:52 AM
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I brought my PT 10HD off ebay and have had no problems at all. Just check their feedback if they have 100% then your going to be fine i would say. Paying with paypal doesnt make any difference when buying software coz they dont cover things like this so you wouldnt be protected anyway
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:57 AM
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Thanks, but did you buy the complete package with dvds and ilok, or just the license transfer?

This is what I'm confused about.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:03 AM
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Thanks, but did you buy the complete package with dvds and ilok, or just the license transfer?

This is what I'm confused about.
Just the license already had an ilok and PT keeps updating DVDs wouldn't be the latest version anyway
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:34 AM
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Do you think this would be an ok package to get started?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1907354489...84.m1423.l2649
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:17 AM
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In addition to Raoul's excellent advice, let me toss you the most important caveat. Make sure you know what you are getting!! Seen a recent rash of folks buying what they THINK is what they need, and ending up with installer disks but no license or iLok. You ultimately need 3 things here:
an iLok(I would get the newer iLok 2 for several good reasons)
the license(which you would move to your iLok from your iLok account)
The installer(which usually you can download, but disks can be handy)
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