The Microsoft licensing program makes sense for a large company:  You have a bulk purchase of servers, so you need bulk copies of Microsoft software, and Microsoft has a licensing program to cater to enterprise licensing needs.

However, when you only have a few licenses to purchase, as a midsized company, the licensing program loses its luster.  Sure you can get some nice advantages through the Microsoft program (free upgrade programs, discounts based on licensing tier, payment plans, etc), but Microsoft licenses are a big chunk of change new. 

Thus the tempting option of software liquidator firms and eBay come into focus.  You don’t have to worry about payment plans or contracts if you’re paying a third of the MSRP for the software. 


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