The Tech Kings – Scammers

Warning to anyone buying software on the internet. http://www.thetechkings.ca/ (.com etc..) is a scammer. They advertise as an authorized Adobe Reseller (among other things) and they are NOT. I just went through a process with paypal to get my money back as they sold me a license key that is already assigned to someone else. I also confirmed with Adobe that they are NOT an authorized reseller. There are many sites like this out there and not sure why companies like Adobe don’t have them shutdown, but beware. You can always check if they are truly what they say they are. In my case it was hard since there was no prior reports that I could find that these guys were not legit. For example after doing a google street view I saw that their ‘headquarters’ was an apartment building in Brooklyn and not what they advertised on their website.

I contacted ‘The Tech Kings’ after this chat and they did not answer me. I proceeded to make a dispute on paypal to get my money back citing the adobe response as well as google street view showing their ‘head quarters’ was an apartment building not a business.

Google Street View

My chat transcript with adobe support:

Mark Vejvoda: Your order have been upgraded free of charge to Adobe Design Premium CS5.5
Mark Vejvoda: it says that in the emaiul i posted above
Laishram: I am sorry, the serial number is already registered under someone else name
Laishram: And please be informed that the educational version software ownership cannot be transferred.
Laishram: Please contact the reseller from where you have purchased in regards to the issue that you are facing/.
Mark Vejvoda: can you confirm that The Tech Kings is a legit adobe partner?
Mark Vejvoda: http://www.thetechkings.ca/
Mark Vejvoda: they show the adobe logo at the top
Mark Vejvoda: an authorized reseller
Mark Vejvoda: hello?
Laishram: Could you please confirm the name of the person with whom the serial number is registered?
Mark Vejvoda: it should be me
Mark Vejvoda: Mark Vejvoda
Laishram: I am sorry to inform you that the Tech Kings are not an authorize resellers. For product purchased from resellers, you need to contact them in regards to any issues.
Mark Vejvoda: they are scammers?
Mark Vejvoda: see the logo at the top of their site
Mark Vejvoda: your logo
Laishram: .Please contact them in regards to any further issues.
Mark Vejvoda: ok can you double confirm they are NOT resellers
Laishram: An educational software's ownership cannot be transferred.
Mark Vejvoda: i did not purchase education version
Mark Vejvoda: so again.. can you double confirm that this company is not an authorixzed adobe resller?
Laishram: The serial number you have provided is an educational version and is already activated on Jun 7, 2012. Please contact them if you have any issues.
Laishram: Is there anything else I can help you with?
Mark Vejvoda: ok, at this point yes you can
Mark Vejvoda: CAN YOU DOUBLE CONFIRM that http://www.thetechkings.ca/ is NOT and authorizer adobe resller
Laishram: I am sorry, we do not provide support to customers who purchased the software's from unauthorized resellers.
Mark Vejvoda: so they are not authorized correct?
Laishram: Yes, they are not, An authorize resellers will not sell educational software that is already registered under someone else name/.
Mark Vejvoda: ok thank you


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