Be careful of the "bargain" Max products on Ebay - I almost purchased what was "guaranteed" to be an "official" copy of Max 2010 for a fraction of the price. I contacted the seller several times and was promised that it was the real thing. I was so hesitant that I finally convinced him to send me the copy of Max without my paying, with the promise that if it was real, I would pay immediately. When I received the copy, it was so obviously a fake (inkjet printed DVD cover, folder on the DVD that said "CRACK") that I got back to him and told him "I'm going to throw this away, and you're never going to get in touch with me again about it!"
Caveat Emptor! If the price is really really good, it's too good to be real. I ended up with Max 2011 for around 3000 bucks. It's real, it's supported, and it will pay for itself. Good luck.
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia
It looks like Discreet are still preventing genuine transfer of license.
We just want about 5% of Max R5 and want to be legit, but it looks like this is just not possible. I've researched other packages, specifially for the equivalent of the 'connect object. that we need but without success so far.