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  • BOYCOTT ROSETTA STONE

    Filed at 5:57 am under by dcobranchi

    I don’t think I’ve ever called for a true boycott before. Here’s the deal (from the Teachers Edition Yahoo group):

    I spoke this morning to the head of Rosetta Stone’s legal department– very nice man but not very accomodating. Fairfield Technologies will not allow their software products to be resold by individuals. You must be an authorized seller. If they find your product on eBay or Craig’s list or any other eBay affliate, they will pull them. I did get him to admit that this was their policy not a legal issue since legally I have the right to resell. However, as long as these sites have an agreement with Fairfield, then Fairfield is at liberty to pull listings. I expect you will find other software companies will be “jumping on the bandwagon” so be prepared.

    Robin, eclectic educator

    So, you can’t re-sell a $200 language program when you’re done using it. That’s just wrong. We’ve purchased their products in the past (Arabic). Never again. And I urge all home educators to follow suit. There are lots of other language programs available.

    Contact info:

    info@RosettaStone.com

    Fairfield Language Technologies
    135 W. Market St.
    Harrisonburg, VA, 22801

    14 Responses to “BOYCOTT ROSETTA STONE”


    Comment by
    COD
    September 20th, 2006
    at 8:48 am

    This is not a new issue. Publishers and manufacturers of all stripes have been trying to control the resale market since the first person decided to buy used instead of new.

    They grey market will always exist – just maybe not on Ebay.


    Comment by
    o.h.
    September 20th, 2006
    at 9:04 am

    So how does this evade the First Sale Doctrine? Is there a lawyer in the house? Scott?


    Comment by
    Lillian
    September 20th, 2006
    at 9:53 am

    The Homeschool Tracker people — wonderfully helpful in every other way — also say you can’t resell. Why do software companies think they’re the only ones who can ban resale? I suppose it might be because sometimes you can use their products without the disk, so theoretically people could install a program and then sell the disk, but people who are going to do that aren’t going to worry about whether the company bans resales or not.


    Comment by
    COD
    September 20th, 2006
    at 10:14 am

    It’s not just software companies. The book and music industries would love to ban resales.


    Comment by
    Scott W. Somerville
    September 20th, 2006
    at 12:40 pm

    Say it ain’t so!

    First EBay bans teachers’ editions, now Rosetta Stone?

    HSLDA is working on solving the first problem (for our own members). I’ll add this to the stack.


    Comment by
    Spunky
    September 20th, 2006
    at 1:00 pm

    I’m using it through our library for free. I didn’t buy it and now for sure I don’t plan on buying it.


    Comment by
    Gem
    September 20th, 2006
    at 1:34 pm

    Awwww, man, I was just getting to buy Spanish from them. Any other good language programs out there?


    Comment by
    Gem
    September 20th, 2006
    at 1:36 pm

    Oops, should have been “getting ready to buy”.

    So, another one for the This Little Piggy site, I guess.


    Comment by
    Valerie
    September 20th, 2006
    at 5:19 pm

    Here’s my opinion:
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    It would only work for languages in which translations of English-language books are available, so it does limit the number of languages. Still, it was a fun way to learn.

    My only complaint about the Learnables company is they don’t have Italian.


    Comment by
    stargirl
    September 20th, 2006
    at 7:55 pm

    FWIW, Rosetta Stone requires you to have the disk in the dirve when using it.

    The only reason I’m willing to pay the $200 is because I know I can get close to that when I resell it. We’ve got Spanish I and II but decided to go French this year. So far, I like it.

    Still, there are always venues for things in high demand. Vegsource is probably OK with it, and there’s a fair amount of changing of hands in my local county on the homeschooling network Yahoo groups. For something that popular you don’t need the big guys.


    Comment by
    Hal
    September 21st, 2006
    at 7:01 am

    We’ve had very good results with Pimsleur — enough that after the first series in Mandarin, the Chinese we met in Shanghai complemented us on our “perfect Beijing” pronunciation (to be sure, they were surprised that Americans would try to speak Chinese at all). I got around reasonably well on a business trip in Panama after about half of the first series in Spanish. Pimsleur is geared toward conversation, though, no reading at all in Mandarin and not much in Spanish.

    FWIW American Airlines reimburses employees for Berlitz programs, and the Department of Defense uses Rosetta Stone (the Puerto Rican translator I met also had to learn Arabic, for example). We’ve done The Learnables too and can talk about fat men eating spaghetti with burglars in German, but I liked Pimsleur better myself.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    September 21st, 2006
    at 11:57 am

    As unschoolers we don’t buy or use curriculum, but FWIW this showed up on our local list today via FL’s “parent educator” association (FPEA):

    I’m sure you’ve heard about the ban on teacher’s editions, answer keys, or curriculum that contain them at the big auction giant. This impacts the homeschool community and we decided to do something about it. Glad Mind Education Auction (www.gladmind.com) is now available as an alternative, created in response to the news. . .

    For more information, here is a link to our press release


    Comment by
    Kim c
    September 22nd, 2006
    at 12:43 am

    Figures! I just actually had a bid in on Ebay for just that. I never heard a word about the bid after my confirmation. It just vanished…not sold to any bidder. But I see many other RS copies available on there still. Weird.

    Any good advice for people looking to brush up on their German?

    Kim


    Comment by
    Ulrike
    September 24th, 2006
    at 12:13 pm

    Kim, I plan to try out Audible.de for audiobooks auf Deutsch. I currently use Audible.com for English audiobooks.