How To Purchase Adobe Photoshop CS6 (no Creative Cloud subscription)

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Adobe has changed to a subscription format for it's creative suite products. You pay around £14 per month to use a single app; that in my book is a big ripoff especially if you're like me where using something like Photoshop happens very rarely. So why just not use it? The problem is, other products are very inferior and for someone who has grown up with Photoshop products, having to get used to some other clunky UI can be quite frustrating.

There are a few ways to still buy Adobe Photoshop CS6 without subscribing to the creative cloud subscription service. One of the most common options is to use Ebay and purchase someone's copy. The price for these can vary quite a lot and stocks for CS6 change; when I was searching for a copy around a year ago, prices for legit copies were going for around £800.00 each. However, doing a quick search now, I'm seeing copies go for around £450.00 each. Depending on when you read this blog, the price might vary quite a lot from those values.

Sometimes, buying a copy from Ebay means you just buy the serial product number. Then you download the software yourself from Adobe and enter your product key. This is a legitimate way, but you don't get a physical copy. You can use Photoshop on up to 2 computers at a time (you need a separate license for Windows and Mac). You can deregister a product key too, so if you ever need to transfer your copy to another computer, you can.

EDIT: The below method no longer works. However, you can still contact the Adobe Support Staff, usually via Live Chat, and they can process a payment for you for a full one-time purchase for CS6.

EDIT 2: A new deal from Adobe is their Creative Cloud subscription for Photography. This costs just $9.99 a month and you get the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 + Adobe Lightroom. It's much better than their single app plan. You can buy the plan here.

EDIT 3: As of January 2017 you can no longer buy Photoshop CS6 from Adobe.

The other option, is to buy a copy directly from Adobe. You can still get copies from their website, it's just hidden and not advertised anymore (they want you to use their Creative Cloud option instead). Note, that the Creative Cloud Photoshop CS6 is updated with new features and contains bug fixes and such. It's also supported for newer operating systems, whereas older versions aren't. This might be a problem for some of you who are using newer OSs like Windows 10, so make sure you know 100% for sure the software works on the new OS.

To buy from Adobe, you need to follow this link:

Here it costs £644.40 to purchase. It is the original full version of CS6 but it doesn't contain any of the new updates to the software made when Adobe changed to the subscription service. I'm using this version and I don't really feel like I'm missing out on anything.

So for anyone looking for a legitimate version of Photoshop CS6, I hope this helps :)

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Sadly this link no longer directs you to the correct area. :( RIP




You can still get it. You just need to initiate a chat with the Support Staff and they can process your payment for a full one-time purchase.




As of January 9, 2017 Creative Suite is no longer available for purchase




That is true! But you can still find copies on Amazon at least.




we have Brand new Adobe CS5.5 version indesign, incopy for windows and mac




Howard Lucas

Adobe don't recognise ebay as a valid reseller therefore they won't recognise transfer of licence if buying second hand software.




@Howard Lucas Some of the licenses aren't second hand though. I've purchased one before and it registered just fine. I even contacted support to make sure it was valid and good to use, and they said yes it was.



Pete Conquest

I just purchased the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection (CS6) from a guy on Ebay for $1100. SCAMMED?...

Well, I was super sceptical at first and went back and forth with him via Ebay secure messaging asking him lots of questions, trying to do my best to determine if he and his offer was at all legit. He claimed that after my payment was confirmed that he would transfer the license to me so that I'd have the serial number shown in my own Adobe account.

"For security" he said, if I was local he offered to meet me in person at the police station lobby to do the exchange of the serial number there. But after my doing more research into his Ebay membership (perfect 100% satisfaction for 10 years), I figured I was pretty safe, so I just did the purchase through Ebay online (retaining their money back guarantee), and all seemed good.

The seller made certain I could successfully install all the apps on my computer (downloaded directly from Adobe's site), and was able to open them all with the serial number he provided. Then I ran into an issue where the software would not install, and the Adobe installer asked for a previous version product code in order to complete the install. Big problem? Well, no... I then recalled that in the original Ebay posting the seller had mentioned that this might happen, and that he would supply the additional previous version serial number if need. I messaged him again, and within an hour he replied with the additional code.

I typed the second code in, and all was great... every app in the collection worked! Even so, I was not out of the woods just yet... as the real test was yet to come. According to what I read, a license transfer could take upto a few weeks to complete. But following Adobe's instructions, I downloaded the form from the Adobe website, filled it out, and forwarded it to the seller via an Ebay message attachment. He told me he would upload it to Adobe along with his form "



Kaarel Lume

would like to buy adobe photoshop cs6 hard copy, disk. Anyone out there has one for sale let us know.


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