SharePoint Designer is a free download since 2009, so why are people selling it on eBay

So, it’s been over 3 years since Tom Rizzo of Microsoft officially announced they would no longer charge for SharePoint Designer, and in fact one can download SPD 2013 Preview in beta form right now for free.

Thus, I was bit surprised to see several listings on eBay recently for SP Designer – with prices ranging from $30-50 + shipping. Have a look at the interactive display of current eBay auctions below… the listings include books about SPD, but also retail box copies (of SPD 2007 in yellow boxes) with starting bids between $30-99…

Why? Who would pay (that much) for a product available as a free download?