While Adobe Photoshop CS3 is an excellent program for image manipulations and so much more, people often hesitate when they see the $700 price tag. They might settle for an older version with fewer features, or resort to downloading a free illegal copy. What many don’t realize, though, is that there are a number of options for buying Photoshop at a reduced cost.
At any given time, eBay generally has plenty of sellers offering the latest version of Photoshop at various prices for both Windows and Mac operating systems. Prices can be as low as almost half the regular retail cost in auctions that include the Buy It Now option. Be sure to read the auction thoroughly, as many auctions are only for an upgrade from a previous version. Several sellers are also only offering training DVDs or separate actions, which are recorded steps that can be played which will automatically apply changes to an image. In general, the cheaper prices under $300 are for upgrades, training, or add-ons. Listed prices higher than $300 are for full unregistered retail versions. As with all auctions, it’s a good idea to check the feedback of the seller for any negatives and what the reasons for them were.
Aspiring graphic artists wishing to be competitive, business owners considering designing their own website, hobbyists wanting to get into digital scrapbooking; whatever the motivation, buying Adobe Photoshop CS3 does not have to be a seemingly unattainable goal