Just like anything else, it pays to shop around. I was checking prices for Crystal Reports software and noticed something interesting. Software sites will list one price on their site but a much lower price through a comparison shopping site like PriceGrabber. The links below show that this can make a dramatic difference. Prices are for the full version of Crystal Reports XI Professional Edition (product number W-1RP-E-WX-00):
Update as of 7/2013 – Crystal no longer allows significant discounting, so there is little incentive for prices comparison.