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Archive for October 9th, 2006

Buying QB 2007

Posted by taxguru on October 9, 2006

 

Q:

Subject: Question re Quick Books 2007

 Kerry,

You said in last weeks E-Mail to upgrade to 2007 so I am
 
I checked the QB website and they said for me to upgrade to Pro 2007 (the Basics edition was phased out in 2006) will cost $199.00 as an upgrade.
 
Is there any place to get it cheaper than that?   I thought if you already owned QB, you could download a cheaper update than $199.00….should I check Sam’s Club and just buy the software again? 
 
Thanks for your suggestion,

A:

2005 was the last year they sold the basic version. That was a shame because it did everything we needed for tax return purposes, so I always recommended that one.  I guess Intuit was so upset that so many buyers were choosing that inexpensive version that they had to dump it in order to squeeze more money out of buyers who now only have the Pro version on the lowest price end.

$199 is the regular retail price.  Historically, it’s always been possible to beat the normal retail prices  at warehouse clubs, eBay and via the banner ads on my websites.

As a test, I just checked those prices and here’s what I came up with.

Sam’s Club shows it as available on 10/16/06 for $158.18.

Clicking the square banner on my blog, it had the Pro 2007 program as $169.96.

 An eBay search came up with a bid price of $120 and a BuyItNow price of $169.99.

Since you have a Sam’s Club right there in Springfield, I would probably pick it up there and not have to worry about shipping costs.  We have to drive 1.5 hours to reach a Sam’s in person, so I would probably buy it from them online.

I hope this helps.

Kerry
 

Follow-up:

Kerry,
 
Sam’s Club in Springfield did not have the 2007 version, but were selling the 2006 Pro QB for $149.98……I’ll go online and see if I can buy it….
 
thanks for the info.

  

 

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Posted by taxguru on October 9, 2006

Preserving a Donor’s Intent

Interesting dilemma.  Technically, you are not allowed to attach strings to deductible charitable gifts.  However, you assume the charity will use it according to its guiding principles and not in some way contrary to that.  Of course, we see these kinds of problems a lot over time, such as with foundations originally funded in support of capitalistic principles using their money to support leftist causes (Ford Foundation, et al).

 

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