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Unused Software Licences In Academia: How You Can Recoup Some Costs

Posted by Discount Licensing on Jul 1, 2020 3:22:04 PM

A large number of academic institutions are in possession of old software licences that they either have forgotten about or presume are not worth anything, but did you know that they could actually be resold back to a vendor for a reasonable price?

If your academic institution is sitting on unused volume licences, this can be a valuable asset that you can sell on to a trustworthy vendor to recoup some of your original costs.

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Topics: Recycling Software License Assets, Second-Hand Software, Software Asset Management

Beware Rogue Traders - Be Vigilant In The Online Software Licence Marketplace

Posted by Discount Licensing on Jun 12, 2020 4:29:34 PM

Since the UK – and much of Europe – went into lockdown, many businesses have been temporarily closing or seen their revenues impacted. As a result, businesses are being forced to cut costs and to look for new ways to save money.

As software is often business critical, buyers are searching the internet for the best deals but it is important to know what to look for first. There are times when the cheapest option isn’t the best!

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Topics: Second-Hand Software, Software Asset Management

3 Benefits Of Buying Pre-owned Microsoft Office 2016 Licences From The Pre-Owned Market

Posted by Discount Licensing on May 20, 2020 4:08:00 PM



Whether you are looking to upgrade your office suite or simply maintaining compliance the cost of software licensing can be expensive. A conventional Microsoft reseller will automatically tell you that the most cost-effective way to licence your business correctly is to buy Office 365 or Azure and move away from on-premise perpetual licensing to a subscription cloud-based solution.

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Topics: Second-Hand Software

When Is Capital Expenditure Better Than Operational Expenditure? This Is When.

Posted by Discount Licensing on May 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM

When a 24/7 service provider decided it was time to refresh their Office 2013 Standard, they looked towards the Cloud. Being a subscription, it would be Opex rather than Capex expenditure so would possibly be easier to get approved internally. They had observed that other decision-makers in their industry were making the switch to Microsoft Cloud that led them to think that the Cloud was a more cost-effective option for their 4000 seats.

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Topics: Cloud Software, Perpetual Software Licensing

The Software Directive 2009 & How It Applies To Pre-Owned Software

Posted by Discount Licensing on Feb 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM


At Discount Licensing, we buy and sell pre-owned, perpetual software licences, working closely with a variety of large businesses across Europe. Trading in your surplus software licences or purchasing pre-owned ones can help you save a significant amount of money for your business.

Pre-owned, perpetual software licences can offer excellent value to a business looking to maximise its savings. When it comes to perpetual software licence resellers, they must abide by the Software Directive 2009.

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Topics: Second-Hand Software, Perpetual Software Licensing

You Don’t HAVE To Make The Jump To The Cloud – Perpetual Software Has A Lot Of Benefits

Posted by Discount Licensing on Jan 31, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Purchasing pre-owned software is quick and easy, saving you a significant sum of money. We have many satisfied customers across Europe – in fact, as much as 60% of our business takes place around Europe. Opting for pre-owned perpetual software licensing over cloud-based upgrades means you get permanent access to software for a fraction of the original price.

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Topics: Cloud Software, Perpetual Software Licensing

250 Million Microsoft Customer Records Leaked Online

Posted by Discount Licensing on Jan 30, 2020 2:42:24 PM

IT giant Microsoft has been making headlines for the wrong reasons recently, after a new report has revealed that some 250 million of its customer records – spanning 14 years – have been exposed for all to see online without password protection.

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Topics: Second-Hand Software, Cloud Software

Buy Software Licences At A Fraction Of The Price

Posted by Discount Licensing on Nov 5, 2019 11:00:45 AM


The second-hand software market is booming as more and more businesses come to understand what an effective way it is to save money. Very few businesses don’t require some software to operate effectively while most are always looking for ways to save money without affecting operational performance. That’s what pre-owned software offers, effective software for a lot less money!

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Topics: Second-Hand Software

Is Pre-Owned Software "As Good As New"?

Posted by Discount Licensing on Aug 28, 2019 11:46:26 AM

Many people liken pre-owned software to second-hand objects, assuming that there will be signs of usage - but this isn’t true. Pre-owned software is as good as new with every fresh install. There are no mechanical aspects and there are no moving parts, so there is no way to “wear out” a piece of software. As long as software is installed on the appropriate hardware, it will be as responsive, usable, and suitable for your business as ever – even if it has been used before.

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Topics: Second-Hand Software

Second-hand Software: Legalities & Business Models

Posted by Discount Licensing on Jun 5, 2019 5:32:01 PM

This article was written by Rich Gibbons of ITAM Review and Noel Unwin of Discount Licensing.

In July 2012, the second-hand software market received a definitive answer from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) when it ruled that reselling intangible software was legal. The rights of the software vendor to control the resale of the software copy is ‘exhausted’ after the first sale of the copy (Exhaustion Principle). This precedent is encapsulated within the European Software Directive 2009.

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Topics: Second-Hand Software

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