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OEM and Bare Card/Drive items

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

  • OEM items are brand new, but they’re meant for experienced users and system builders.
  • They don’t come with retail packaging, accessories or manuals, although documentation and software can typically be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.
Important: OEM items come in a plain box or plastic bag (“bare card” or “bare drive” packaging) with little to no documents or instructions. This is also why OEM software is non-refundable – there is no retail packaging to hide the serial number or key code.
Updated on November 30, 2021

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