82% Discount on AutoCAD?

Looks like its Autodesk’s turn to do an Alibre. Someone on Twitter asked me:

heard abt Autocad’s reduction in China from 35000 RMB to 6000 RMB? this move is believed to last till Jan.2010. any opinion?

That’s allegedly a whopping 82% discount. Check out this page on the Autodesk China web site. I don’t understand Chinese and neither could I find an English page explaining this offer. So if someone can make sense of this offer, I would appreciate it you left a comment explaining it. From what I am given to understand, the numbers on the banner are part of a countdown clock.

Update (3-Nov-2009)

Click this link to read article regarding Autodesk’s offer. The article is in Chinese and the link will pass it through Google Translate. So do bear that mind.

Update (5-Nov-2009)

And here is ZWSoft’s response.

  • It could be as in Russia, where the two-year-old version is sold at a 75% discount ($1000).

    Here in North America, Autodesk has now cut the price of LT in half, with a $600 discount.

    There is apparently a $4,500-version of Inventor that leaves out AutoCAD and Mechanical.

    The idea is to sell the initial software cheap, and then get customers to pay for subscriptions for the rest of their lives.

  • It could be as in Russia, where the two-year-old version is sold at a 75% discount ($1000).

    Here in North America, Autodesk has now cut the price of LT in half, with a $600 discount.

    There is apparently a $4,500-version of Inventor that leaves out AutoCAD and Mechanical.

    The idea is to sell the initial software cheap, and then get customers to pay for subscriptions for the rest of their lives.

  • Ralph: “It could be as in Russia, where the two-year-old version is sold at a 75% discount ($1000).”

    This offer appears to be for the current version – AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010

    If it is really a 82% discount, then AutoCAD is almost stepping on IntelliCAD territory.

  • Ralph: “It could be as in Russia, where the two-year-old version is sold at a 75% discount ($1000).”

    This offer appears to be for the current version – AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010

    If it is really a 82% discount, then AutoCAD is almost stepping on IntelliCAD territory.

  • Perhaps they are doing a Microsoft, with pricing that matches the local conditions.

    Remember: the initial price is meaningless; it’s the future subscription income Autodesk craves.

  • Perhaps they are doing a Microsoft, with pricing that matches the local conditions.

    Remember: the initial price is meaningless; it’s the future subscription income Autodesk craves.

  • Ralph,

    Autodesk will need to work a lot harder to coax these people to go on subscription. Third world country market dynamics is lot different.

    Unless this offer ties them into subscription already, which the reason I want to know the details about the offer.

  • Ralph,

    Autodesk will need to work a lot harder to coax these people to go on subscription. Third world country market dynamics is lot different.

    Unless this offer ties them into subscription already, which the reason I want to know the details about the offer.

  • R. Paul Waddington

    Asked Autodesk?

  • R. Paul Waddington

    Asked Autodesk?

  • Anonymous

    those are special offers, which include AutoCAD/LT, ADT, MEP,civil,architecture. The price is on the list but you have to talk with re-sellers in china to get the final deal done.

  • Anonymous

    those are special offers, which include AutoCAD/LT, ADT, MEP,civil,architecture. The price is on the list but you have to talk with re-sellers in china to get the final deal done.

  • Karldino

    the “google translator” sucks, pal~

  • Karldino

    the “google translator” sucks, pal~