Following my last two posts about pirated copies of Windows 7, I was going to let the topic drop for a few days. But, ….
Per my daily routine, I was checking out CraigsList this morning. I came across this Ad. in the ‘Computer Services’ section in the New Hampshire CL.
The title was: “Computer reformats, to windows 7 ultimate, 30$ (manchester, nh)”.
It had an image attached and when you opened the Ad. it was ‘The XBox Guy,’ with a nice picture of a pirate … BUT with a statement that he doesn’t support or condone piracy. Just fair use.
I flagged the Ad. to CL.
He was offering to sell STOLEN goods.
Actually not sure whether he is just using that subject line to get people to look at his XBox ad.
Doesn’t matter. I know that pirated copies of Windows 7 Ultimate is available, for free, on the Web.
I know CL. People are blatant in what they advertise and sometimes even ask.
Many are stupid. Yes, CL is being policed to an extent. But, they are unlikely to have spotted this … and I am not even sure that my FLAGGING of it would result in it being taken down.
Yes, there will be folks that take up his offer. Some will NOT realize that they are receiving stolen goods. I have no gripe against those. They probably, genuinely think, that upgrading to Windows 7 must just cost $30. Good for them.
It amuses me about those that KNOWINGLY will go to this guy and ask him to install Windows 7 Ultimate on their PC for $30.
But, there are a LOT of real dumb people out there, many of whom do a lot of transactions on CL.
You are going to an acknowledged THIEF and telling them to install software on your PC.
As I said before, this guy, like all those that deal in pirated Windows 7 have already established that they have no compunctions about thieving. It is just like that saying about whoring. “Yes, we have established that you are whore, all we are now doing is negotiating on a price.”
If he is willing to steal from MSFT, he will also steal from YOU.
Think about it.
This pirating is costing YOU money.
It is just like the health care debate. The uninsured that go to ERs … end up costing those that have insurance! That is how it works. Pirated Windows 7 just makes MSFT bump up their prices on those of us that BUY their software.