Home & Student keys on eBay

When purchasing Office for Mac from eBay or any online site, please use caution. Make sure you get a sealed copy. Some users are selling product keys from the Home & Student version and sending you a copy of the Office installer DVD that they burned. This is illegal. They are also selling the key many times over and the keys are now blacklisted. You can no longer update Office for Mac 2008 using the blacklisted key.

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition comes with 3 CD keys. They are for three computers in your household. You cannot sell the extra ones! To view license terms visit this page.

TRANSFER TO A THIRD PARTY. The first user of the software may transfer it, and this agreement, directly to a third party. Before the transfer, that party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software. The first user must uninstall the software before transferring it separately from the device. The first user may not retain any copies.

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac (including the Special Media edition) comes with 1 CD key. You can install on a desk top and a laptop and use each, but NOT AT THE SAME TIME.
If you need to purchase a legitimate copy….

(some versions come with free shipping)


For more info on license and version info see the Entourage Help Page


  1. EULA- Find License Terms
  2. Non-Profits
  3. Differences in Versions
  4. Upgrade v.s. Update
  5. Qualifications for Upgrade
  6. Reset CD Key
  7. Registration is not activation
  8. Locate used key
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2 comments to Home & Student keys on eBay

  • what if office was purchased elsewhere, other than ebay? unfortunately, i can’t find the email invoice any longer of where i purchased the software. if i find it, would they be of any help or am i sol? ugh! thanks in advance.

  • Are you having problems updating to 12.2.0? Did you try the fixes in the article Invalid Product Key after updating to SP2
    eBay is not the only place illegal copies of Office are being sold, but probably one the most popular. Microsoft is working with eBay to stop this so people are protected from unscrupulous vendors.