Are you blaming Ableton for you getting a bad deal on a 2nd hand purchase?
No. And relatively speaking, $249 is not a bad deal for Ableton Live 8 Suite. What isn't a good deal is upgrade pricing. If I'd purchased Ableton Live 8 Suite for full price, near its release, I'd be really steamed at the upgrade pricing. As it is, I am disappointed
that the deal I hoped I would get, is not really any deal at all. Notice, I'm not flaming all over the discussion board over the pricing, but simply trying to understand if I'm reading the upgrade path pricing correctly. If I am reading everything correctly, then I've saved next to nothing in buying secondhand. Hopefully, others who might have the same idea will be aware that there is no real deal in buying secondhand, unless you are getting Live 8 Suite at well under $250. I was under the impression that Ableton Live 8 Suite users were getting a free upgrade to Live Suite 9, similar to the Propellerhead offer. In my defense, the upgrade path and pricing has been extremely confusing to many, if not most, Ableton users over the past few months. I guess I rolled the dice and came up short.
And for what it's worth, I was able to buy a secondhand copy of Reason 4 for dirt cheap on eBay and offered "pay what you want" pricing to upgrade to Reason 6.0. I paid the going rate for the upgrade ($169 I believe, upgradable from ANY previous versions of Reason, which is VERY reasonable), by the way, because Reason is fantastic!
And my question still wasn't answered... Would I have been better off waiting for Live 9 Suite to come out and using a coupon at a retailer to get a better price?
Gotta blame someone
Thank you for your valuable input.