Microsoft Store presents yet another poor ‘discount’ offer.
Regular readers know that if you want the highest prices, go to the Microsoft Store. Even their special offers are overpriced.
Over Thanksgiving 2012, the Store has been offering US customers a discount on Office for Mac.
Sounds great, a $50 discount and pay $100 for a triple license with the ‘next version of Office’ free.
Alas it’s nowhere near as good as it sounds.
Office for Mac Family Pack officially sells for US$149.99 but you’d be crazy to pay that. There are always discounts available on MS Office software and no-one should ever pay retail. We’ve been saying that for years and devote whole chapters to saving money in our ebooks like Windows 8 for Microsoft Office users and Office 2010: the real startup guide.
At the moment, Amazon is selling the same Office for Mac Family Pack for an additional $10 discount more than the ‘special’ from Microsoft. And the usual Amazon free shipping applies. A downloadable option is available for the same price. That $90 price seems to be Amazon’s usual price too.
The Microsoft Store charges you more for physical disk while Amazon will send it to you even at the lower price.
The free ‘next version of Office’ doesn’t mean the next Office for Mac – it refers to the next release of the Office 365 service. The same offer is available regardless of who you buy Office for Mac from, as long as its during the offer period.
Yet again, the Microsoft Store is the place to go if you feel that Microsoft doesn’t have enough of your money already.