A software dealer is re-selling cut-price Microsoft software licences from insolvent companies or from firms that don’t need the licences anymore at up to half the price of new software.
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The move has angered many in the new software reseller community who fear that they will be severely undercut, but Microsoft could be powerless to act as the terms of the licences are believed to allow the practice.
Reseller Disclic (Discount-Licensing) recently started re-selling Microsoft licences and its move could start a new market for used software.
Disclic says it can can offer Microsoft licences at up to half the price of new ones to new customers by taking advantage of clauses in Microsoft licence contracts which allow volume software to change ownership.
Many PCs running expensive software are often destroyed or sold cheaply when a company goes into liquidation, but Disclic’s move could lead to the software being listed as a valuable asset by insolvency practitioners.
Companies that are downsizing could now also re-evaluate the potential of their licences, to enable them to claw back cash for their business as they cut IT costs.
It is not clear at this stage whether Microsoft will move to close such loopholes, or whether official Microsoft software resellers will now move into the new market that seems to have been created.
Details of what Disclic sells are available here: