Things are still going strong on the Ultimate Steal website (Office 2007 Ultimate for students, for £38.95 - as long as they have a .ac.uk email address). Over the last couple of months this special offer has made the news in quite a few colleges & universities, and the web has been abuzz about the offer. Many establishments have made announcements to their students about the deal, through their VLE or email system, and we noticed a surge of orders when it was mentioned on StudentBeans.
As part of the Ultimate Steal purchase process, we're encouraging students to answer a short survey about their buying habits - one of the reasons is to see whether we're attracting students to the latest version of Office, and whether they would have bought it anyway.
Some of the responses made me smile, so here's a typical set:
Why did you decide to purchase today? (please choose all that apply)
"I wanted OneNote for tabbed work."
"Could not have afforded it any other way"
"I was avoiding writing my essay"
What suggestions, if any, would you like to provide on the purchase process or program?
"THIS IS TOO CHEAP FOR THERE NOT TO BE ANY CATCH. OH WELL I BOUGHT IT ANYWAY AND READ THE TERMS. I HOPE IT DOSENT DEACTIVATE AFTER 2 YEARS! THANKS ANYWAY"
"Thank GOODNESS this finally happened. There's only so much Open Office one student can take! This is a great idea - no student is going to buy this at full price so everyone's stuck with either Open Office or an "obtained" copy - or MS Works.... Instead of having 1 person in 10 pay out at the higher price you've now got 10 of 10 paying out at the lower price which a) makes you money and b) makes us thinking we're saving money and c) stops any of us doing anything illegal. You should tell the TV Licence people your good idea."
"Would like to see the same deal for Windows Vista Ultimate"
"A free pen!"
Ah, the refreshing honesty. The thoughtful comment. And the fact that a free pen can cause a change in behaviour...
Even more reasons to tell your students about the Ultimate Steal