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Sadly, only Adobe will be able to help you, not other users in an open discussion forum
I don't have any "insider" links or numbers to call, so going to chat and asking for a supervisor is all I can recommend
Adobe will not help. The chat session representative refused to get a supervisor involved. And I was nice, too. The forum was worth a try, but I expected to hear exactly what you just said. We're just going to have to absorb the losses and move on.
I have had the same problem albeit on a much much smaller scale. I bought from a company which appears (to this day) to be a legitimate reseller. After 18 months of use, the licence was revoked without any warning from Adobe. I contacted them and waited for two hours on chat to try and get some help from this massive multi-national corporation. I gave all the details and all I got was (a) being told to report it through the channels they insist upon, not through customer support which is incapable of passing the details on internally, and (b) an email which I can wave at the reseller telling me the serial number is invalid: like that is going to help - they have my money already.
But what are Adobe going to do about this company using their intellectual property to defraud the public? NOTHING. Not their concern apparently. The attitude was 'your mistake, you should have known'. So it's down to me (a private citizen) to do something about this re-seller rather than them (a multi-million dollar enterprise). That makes sense, no?
Disgraceful. Thanks Adobe. An object lesson in corporate responsibility and customer care for all of us I think.
Here's the response from the re-seller i.e. not our problem either ...
Please be advised that Adobe has implemented their revoked notifications for all Volume License products early last year (2016).
This means that if you attempt to reinstall your product whether to the same or a different computer the product will generate the message that the license key has been revoked or if you receive the pop-up that your copy of the software is not genuine you will not be able to reactivate the software with the serial key.
In light of this we are offering the option of providing you a replacement retail serial key at a discounted price if you need to reinstall or reactivate your Adobe product.
We currently do not have available the Acrobat product(s) you originally purchased. However, we can offer you the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC at the discounted price of £110.00. The Adobe Acrobat DC is the non-subscription based version that will allow you to run the software on two computers (not simultaneous) and also allow you to register the product.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused, this is an Adobe issue, however we still want to provide assistance to our clients.
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I think that the key to the problem here is provided by the wording from the “sales manager” of the vendor you believed to be a legitimate seller — Please be advised that Adobe has implemented their revoked notifications for all Volume License products early last year (2016).
Adobe software products sold by Authorized Adobe Resellers to individuals are not “volume licenses” in any way. They are individual licenses. What I strongly suspect was happening was that this vendor was buying or otherwise obtaining volume licenses for Adobe products and “selling” them to individuals such as yourself which is totally contrary to the license agreement for volume licenses, a practice known as “unbundling.” Volume licenses are sold to organizations for use only within that organization such as a company buying an Acrobat volume license for all of its employees for use on company computers. These licenses cannot legally be resold!
There are a few possibilities as to what subsequently happened:
(1) This vendor “sold” more licenses than the volume license allowed for and Adobe noticed same and invalidated the licenses for illegal usage.
(2) Adobe otherwise found about the scheme by the vendor and invalidated the licenses.
(3) Many of Adobe volume licenses are for a particular term, i.e. an agreed period of time. After that time period has elapsed, unless the licensee renews the term, the license effectively expired and you would experience a failure in installation of in subsequent use. A scamster is clearly not going to renew such a license after having illegally pawned off the software on you.
Further evidence of fraud is the fact that this “sales manager” is now blaming Adobe and offering you a non-subscription (i.e., “perpetual license”) copy of Acrobat Pro DC at a “discounted price of £110.00,” a too-good-to-be-true price well below cost.
We really recommend that you better investigate your sources of software to determine whether they are in fact authorized resellers or you will face similar disappointments in the future. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much for a criminal element to setup a website and appear to be a legitimate software vendor.
BTW, look at the response given earlier in the thread. It does provide pointer to resources for reporting these problems (including the offending vendors) to Adobe. We do take this very seriously and we do follow-up on any leads provided!
Yep, that's the attitude I was describing: 'we really recommend that you better investigate your sources' = 'we don't care you idiot'
I did investigate. Tell me (Dov) what is fake / suspicious about: www.royaletchsavers.com??
A better response might have been: 'this is really bad and we are going to take action to shut this retailer down'. Instead you blame me for being an idiot.
I have reported it through two of your channels. What do I get for my trouble? A public slap in the face from you.
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Neither I nor anyone else here called you an “idiot” nor do even think that. We're very sorry if you took our post in that context. We simply are trying to explain what may have actually happened.
We cannot promise to shutdown any business since (1) we depend upon the legal process and regulatory bodies to do that based on our complaints and (2) many of these shady operations operate in locales that simply thumb their noses at intellectual property issues. We do follow up on any reports of problematic vendors. For obvious reasons, we don't go broadcasting the progress and results of our attempts to investigate and have them shut down! We do thank you for your reports.
FWIW, in terms of “fake / suspicious,” trying to access the website that you pointed us to yields browser messages about a problematic website security certificate and a warning about possible data interception by that website.
Patronising really doesn't cover it.
(1) I am a lawyer. I understand you can't just turn up and close them. I suggested that your response might have been 'we are going to take action to ...' i.e. an intended course of action. So far you have not indicated that Adobe intends to do anything other than continue to reinforce the message that its my fault for being stupid. I find your attitude deeply deeply offensive.
(2) The website didn't give that warning in 2015 when I bought the product.
No need to reply. I've got the message loud and clear: we are a multi-million dollar business to whom the cost of a single licence means nothing; you on the other hand are a fool.
In fact I'd prefer if you don't reply - everything you have said so far has just made me feel belittled. Instead I'd prefer it if you would reflect upon (a) why you consider that your replies would help, and (b) how they might inform anyone else that reads them about your attitude.