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I purchased the full retail version of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 from EWPLUSOFT via the Sears Marketplace. You really want to avoid purchasing software from EWPLUSOFT since they provide developer's licenses rather than retail licenses (called Office Professional Plus 2010). Microsoft will not activate developer licenses without a developer's subscription. I have no idea of the cost this subscription since I am a home user.

I sent 8 e-mails asking EWPLUSOFT for a disc with the retail version of the software or a full refund. EWPLUSOFT sent 7 e-mails simply telling me that I needed to download the software from their website "to fix the problem" in lieu of retail disc. In the 8th e-mail, EWPLUSOFT finally acknowledged that they will neither provide a disc with the retail version of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 nor provide a refund.

Again, you really want to avoid doing business this Marketplace seller!

Monetary Loss: $212.

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SearsCares
#726924
Sears Response

Dear MyYoki333,

Thank you for posting about your online purchase of Microsoft Office Pro 2010; I can truly see how this was a troublesome matter to resolve. I came across your post today, my name is Brian, and I am a member of the Sears Cares Team. If you need further assistance I would be more than happy to have one of our dedicated case managers follow up with you. Please send the following information – contact #, the name and phone # used at time of purchase, as well as the screen name to reference your post (MyYoki333), to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we apologize for the laborious encounter you had with your recent online purchase and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

Thank you,

Brian L.

Social Media Moderator

Sears Social Media Support

MyYoki333
to Sears Response #726961

Brian,

I previously forwarded an e-mail to your office about this matter but didn't receive a response yet. I will forward another e-mail with the requested information to your attention again.

MyYoki333

MyYoki333
to MyYoki333 #734493

I called the 1-800 number for the Sears Marketplace, sent an e-mail to a Sears representative listed on one of the complaint websites, opened a case with their blue ribbon department at their corporate headquarters, contacted Microsoft about the licensing issues described below, and even filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. However, Sears offered no remedy for this transaction (citing their no return policy for the Sears Marketplace).

Sears consistently stood up for their seller throughout this dispute process, and even prevented me from posting feedback on their website warning other potential buyers to be careful with their purchases from this seller.

The situation was real simple. The Sears Marketplace seller, EWPLUSOFT, shipped an item that doesn't match the description on Sears Marketplace, and that was probably fraudulent.

- The description on Sears Marketplace was for a disc with the "Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Retail Full Version." The advertisement didn't explicitly state valid license code but this is in fact an obvious requirement of this transaction.

- The seller shipped me a disc with Microsoft Professional Office Plus 2010 rather than the retail version of the Microsoft Office Professional 2010. The Pro Plus version is a volume licensed product that is only sold in volume to businesses or academic institutions that have an agreement with Microsoft. An employee of these businesses and institutions can then purchase a copy of Pro Plus through the Home Use Program. However, a retail buyer CANNOT legitimately acquire this software through consumer retailers (including Sears Marketplace sellers). Why is this seller shipping a volume licensing product to end consumers?

- The plastic container with the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 was obviously opened (presumably to remove the original product key). The seal across the two sides of the plastic case was detached on one side so the seal wouldn't break when the plastic case was opened. I couldn't even get the seal to affix to the one side after applying ample pressure on the seal. Why would the seal not stick to only one side if this is a legitimate retail version of Microsoft Office?

- The product key in the plastic case was invalid. Microsoft stated that the product key could only be activated by a software developer with a current developer's subscription with Microsoft. Why would a consumer encounter this issue with a legitimate retail copy of Microsoft Office?

- The seller repeatedly wanted to substitute a download for the retail disc version, and to replace the product key with another product key from an unknown origin where they "had to pay extra for the license code." This license wasn’t authenticated by a Microsoft product key label and was simply provided in an e-mail. Why would a legitimate seller need to pay extra for a valid product key if they are indeed selling legitimate copies of Microsoft Office?

- The seller indicated that the Microsoft Office download didn't require a Microsoft Office product key. I purchased more than a dozen different software packages from Microsoft, and Microsoft in every instance required a license code to load and use their software. Why would Microsoft allow a merchant to sell copies of Microsoft Office 2010 without a authentic product keys?

- The language on the slip with the product key was primarily in a far eastern language (presumably in Chinese) rather than in English. I found exact matches for layout and content of this slip on websites showing pirated and fraudulent software. Why would the slip with the product key primarily be in a far eastern language when I was buying the retail version of the software in the United States?

I honestly thought that the Sears name meant something, and that I was ok buying this item through their Sears Marketplace. However, Sears will likely continue to die a slow death and the Sears Marketplace will only accelerate this process.

Please be careful in any dealings with Sears and particularly with their Sears Marketplace.

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