Download Crew Giveaway – Today Only – Acronis True Image Personal 2010

Before you read any further – this offer is restricted to residents of the United States and Canada. I won’t repeat here what I’ve said many times in the past,  regarding companies who shut out 90% of their potential customers. Except to say – it’s not complementary.

At least in this case, the Download Crew had the courage to apologize – “Sorry, but that was one of the restrictions placed on this promotion by Acronis, Inc who authorized this promotion.”

According to the Download crew – this offer expires Friday January 20th, 2012, at 23:59.

A personal note: Would I review, rate, or recommend this company and its products? Not a chance. Companies who engage in restrictive giveaways like this, are well down on my list.

Not so long ago, an offshore company – one which I hold in high regard, sponsored a giveaway on a rival site. A giveaway, in which the site owner (as is his practice), restricted the freebie to residents of the United States and Canada.

On querying the developer on this restrictive practice, I was not surprised to learn, that if the developer had been aware of the blogger imposed restriction, they would not have sponsored the giveaway.

So, before you start thinking that I’m getting my “knickers in a knot” over a non-issue, you should know – the mature software developers whom I deal with – do not engage in what some consider to be a xenophobic practice.

The offer is available hereDownload Crew

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13 responses to “Download Crew Giveaway – Today Only – Acronis True Image Personal 2010

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  2. Too bad I can’t get, *heads over to to-do backup and install that*

  3. I’ve seen a lot of these kinds of software giveaways, but I’m hard-pressed to recall any being limited to residents of certain nations.

    It’s possible that there may be some intellectual property or global licensing reasons why they are limiting the promotion to the U.S./Canada. Or perhaps there are overseas distributors or business partners who could not agree to participate in the giveaway.

    If that’s not the case, then I think the company is missing an opportunity by imposing those geographical restrictions. Why pass up the chance to promote your product to the 95% of the world’s populace who live outside the U.S. and Canada?

    Regardless of the circumstances, it still smacks of xenophobia.

    • Hey Stormin’ Norman,

      Too right! As a long time reader you’re likely to recall the odd giveaway we’ve had around here. Never, have I been asked to restrict access by location.

      If, such a request had, in fact, ever been made, there would have been 2 outcomes – instant rejection of the giveaway – and, an article explaining my rejection of such an offer.

      You’ve cut to the heart of the matter – “Regardless of the circumstances, it still smacks of xenophobia.” In the interconnected world we live in, it baffles me how it is, certain companies seem to miss the obvious.

      Good to hear from you.

      Best,

      Bill

  4. Grr

    the site owner (as is his practice), restricted the freebie to residents of the United States and Canada..

    lol…I know the site…

    Grr

  5. hipockets

    Hi, again!
    This “gift” was posted on at least two other sites yesterday. I found that, in addition to not being available to all customers, there are at least three other negative features.

    1. A 24 hour time frame is near-sighted, because of the combination of (a) many time zones and (b)many potential customers, like me, don’t get on their computer till late in the day. And sometimes, not till the next day.

    2. The registration process is complicated. First, after logging in to the site, you copy a 16 digit “stub” registration code from the web page. Second, you install the software, paste the “stub” into an activation window, and fill out another registration form. Third, you look in your email, find the 64 digit code, and paste it into another activation window.

    Gee Whitikers! Even registering a Microsoft product is not that complicated!

    But the worst part of this negative is that it did not work! I tried three times, twice in Firefox and once in Opera. All three times the email which should have contained the 64 digit code contained the same stub that was obtained from the website. I have to note that I paid close attention to spaces and hyphens in the codes – that was not the problem.

    Third- What was being offered was a stripped-down version of their 2010 product. I could find no positive reviews of the full 2010 package or the stripped-down version. . Found lots of negatives, though.

    Promotions like this are used to increase sales by enticing some users to upgrade to the latest version. I think Acronis stubbed their toes — all ten of them — big time with this promotion. After this, I would not buy any of their products.

    Thus endith the tirade of the day . . . . . . :>)

    • Hey Hipockets,

      Great tirade – we could use a few more of those around here. 🙂

      A 64 digit code? Wow – overkill to the max! Your comment – “After this, I would not buy any of their products” tells the whole tale.

      I’m sorry that you had to go through all that wasted effort. 😦

      Best,

      Bill

  6. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Don’t use their products and will continue not to do so. Sour grapes? You bet.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      How any Web connected company can fail to understand the realities of dealing across cultures is beyond me. Isn’t it sensible to assume, that if an issue can be misinterpreted, then ever effort should be made to eliminate that possibility? Or, is it just me – am I being unrealistic?

      Sour grapes seems like a measured response. 🙂

      Best,

      Bill

  7. gordon latta

    be that as it may, it destroyed my recovery partition on HP pavilion while
    cloning !