ed - be real careful with the dismantler's licences, one of mine has been invalidated
The only problem I see is you're probably still paying too much.
I've bought 3 licences in the last few months from eBay computer wrecker sellers in the UK. An Office 2010 ProPlus one, and Windows 7 and 10. The Office one was about 10 bucks, the other 2 even less.
The downloading part isn't a drama, they'll usually supply a link, or you can find the Windows download tool that someone developed, or just use your own licence creds which should grant you access to DL from the MS site. DL tool https://heidoc.net/j...o-download-tool
As for real media and holographic sticker etc. - who gives a toss? It's a legit licence, in the last 6 weeks Windows Update has included a WGA feature that disabled boot-sector based SLIC emulation loaders and probably other activation cheats, and the licence is still fine.
Just ensure you're buying an actual product key and not a download link (yep, people put auctions up for such things that are normally free), check the seller's reputation is 98+ (and including a decent percentage of transactions as an actual seller).
Also ensure you're buying the edition you actually want... I bought Win 10 Pro instead of Enterprise, not that it matters a huge amount.
Each time I've bought one, the key arrived by email in under 3 hours.
Edited by Rybags, 12 August 2017 - 12:52 PM.