After working lots of extra hours in the ice mines I've recently managed to cough up enough money to buy IDA Pro from the lovely Belgium-based company Datarescue. I've bought it through their German re-seller German Sales though because quite frankly the original order form scared me. At the German Sales website I just put the product into the e-shopping cart and went to the order page. That's how I prefer to buy stuff.
I'm not Richie Rich so I opted for the Standard edition instead of the Professional edition even though it doesn't support the AMD64 CPU which might have come in handy in the future. And because there are plenty of reviews of the product itself I've decided to make one about the ordering process.
I ordered IDA Pro on the last day of May (a tuesday) and paid the money on wednesday. I received the package the next monday. Assuming it took one day for my bank to transfer the money my order was completed in 3 - 4 working days, I was impressed.
Here's a picture of the package I received. I'm counting not less than 5 stickers and 6 stamps. My favourite sticker was definitely the blue one saying "Prior" and showing an airplane. The one with my address printed on isn't too bad either, it sports the IDA icon next to my name.
Of the six stamps two (worth 0.44 Euro each) show flags of members of the European Union. I got Lithuania and Malta. I'm not sure if that particular set of stamps only features countries who recently joined the EU. If I didn't make a mistake the odds for getting stamps of two new members are only 16% assuming all 25 nations are featured on the stamps.
The other four stamps all show birds. Two stamps worth 4 Euro each show the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), the other two stamps (worth 0.01 Euro) show the Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos).
The value of all 6 stamps combined is 8.90 Euro. I'm finally starting to understand why I paid 11 Euro for shipping. The other 2 Euro were probably spent on the bubble-wrapped envelope. Yes, there was bubble-wrap inside the envelope to protect the CD. My ADD-laden fingers might have enjoyed that more than the actual software. It definitely eased the pain of watching the football game Germany - Russia (end result: 2 - 2) which was quite boring during some parts.
Let's move on to the content of the package. All that was in there was one of those modern CD cases which are especially popular for DVDs and games these days. On the front there's a huge, pixelated version of the IDA lady, on the back there's a description of the software and some screenshots.
The CD itself is colored in a chic gold tone.
All in all I'm very happy how smoothly the entire process went. I'd definitely buy from both Datarescue and German Sales again.