Buyer (and Reseller) Be-Aware

If you are planning on selling any of your Logos Library resources or if you ever purchase used Logos Bible products or add-ons that other people are no longer using, like I have done on occasion to build up my personal library, be aware that Logos now charges a 10% “processing fee” for the transfer of any of their products. The specific language of the recently revised Transfer section of their End User License Agreement (EULA) is as follows:

At Logos’ sole discretion you may transfer all your rights to use the Software, Content, and Documentation to another person or legal entity provided you transfer this Agreement, the Software, Content, and Documentation, including all copies, updates and prior versions to such person or entity and that you retain no copies, including copies stored on computer. There will be a processing fee charged on all transfers. The processing fee is subject to change without notice. As of 10/2007 the fee is equal to 10% of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the products being transferred.

I discovered this new policy recently when I was exploring the purchase of a used Logos Scholar’s Library with a Gold Upgrade last week on ebay. The bidding for the item started at $249.99. Before I could make a bid, the item disappeared only to reappear a few days later with a starting bid of $499.99. When I inquired about the change via email, the seller’s reply was that he had to raise the price because he’d talked to Libronix and they told him that the license transfer fee cost for both the Scholars edition and Gold Upgrade was $200.

I won’t speculate as to why Logos began charging a fee. Maybe it’s to deter people from buying their products used or maybe it’s a legitimate expense given their computer systems and a need to transfer each book individually. I expect that if Logos hasn’t already communicated this significant change on their website or blog they will at some point soon, (I may have missed it). I just thought that IF you were considering either buying or selling a used Logos product in the near future and you were not already aware of the change, you might appreciate having this information BEFORE you incurred any unknowing and unplanned extra expenses.