How low can Windows 7 price go?

Think globally and you’ll be able to save a bundle on the new OS

 It seems that I’ve become the GCN Lab version of Jack Benny, the notorious cheapskate, always looking for a way to save a buck, a couple of simoleons, some cheddar, a few benjamins.

Whenever there’s a new operating system — heck, whenever there’s a new anything — my first thought is always, what’ll it cost me? And how can I get the best deal? So I shopped around a little for some Windows 7 deals, and lemme tell ya, there’s quite a few out there.

In addition to the $150 pirated version from eBay the GCN Lab has been following here, I found a bootleg version in Shanghai that sells for 20 Yuan — less than three dollars. And now, even a legit copy of Windows 7 Home Basic in China will sell for 399 Yuan, around $58. I just need to brush up my Mandarin a little and I’m so there.

Keeping with the Asian theme, our friends in India can get a copy of the home version for 5,899 rupees ,or about $126, or 11,799 rupees for the Ultimate version, about $254.

Or if I had gone undercover and given a Windows 7 launch party, like the plucky folks at PC Pro  did, I could have won a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, valued at $319. But this copy was signed by Steve Ballmer, which made it, as they say in the credit card commercials, priceless. But no, I had to go and mock the launch parties, so no free signed copies for me.

Bargain hunter that I am, I’ll most likely wait to buy a new laptop that comes loaded with Windows 7. The wait won’t be too long, because I’ve squeezed every viable second out of what’s left of the Compaq Presario I use for telecommuting. So now I’ll have to span the globe looking for a cheap, sturdy laptop. I’ll wear out my passport if I have to; I just won’t pay full price.

About the Author

Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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Reader Comments

Mon, Nov 2, 2009

The W7 Home Premiem 3-User Family Pack is definately the most cost effective deal. Appears to be no discounting though below that price. Most retailers and internet sellers now show it as sold out, so just get it from microsoft web store (they change sales tax though, so add about 9% or whatever your state tags you for.). So about $55 a hit, not too bad overall.

Mon, Nov 2, 2009 Jim Michigan

I got a 3 license version from Sams Club for around $150 for 7 Home Premium.

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