Isn't it amazing how easy it is to get hold of OEM software without buying any single non perhipals item.You can purchse a full versuion of Win Xp Home OEM for £68 currently at EBUYER.co.ukThat's HALF THE PRICE! of the RETAIL VERSIONSO CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN HOW LEGAL IS THE PRACTICE OF SELLING OEM SOFTWARE WITHOUT COMPONENTS?
Why are you complaing that it is cheap?Would you prefer it to be twice the price?
I suppose that they could always justify it by saying that not everywhere that sells computer parts sells OEM software.You can build a system from parts from the likes of PCWorld but try finding a OEM copy of Windows on the shelves and your going to be looking for a long time.
Presumably, as with system builders, if you acquired an OEM copy (providing it is sold legally) any redress or problems would have to be addressed with e-buyer and not Microsoft.
I think it's down to Microsoft, if they decide the supplier is abusing the terms they supply OEM packs under they just cut them off. I suspect e-buyer shift sufficient product for them to turn a blind eye. Smaller retailers wouldn't be so lucky.
Take a look at PCA issue 98 Oct 2003 (consumerwatch section page 76) for OEM licensing.
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