Why are you talking as if every company in the world has international shipping? Tons of products aren't available in my country because many companies don't want to ship here. Not to mention that paying a 60% tax on top of paying the price of a product that comes from a country with a currency 5x stronger than mine ends up making it stupidly hard to import anything even when it is actually available for me. Also, assuming the average customer knows what a VPN is is kinda ridiculous. Not to mention the only ones that don't make your computer move at a snail's pace are the paid ones. Which are kinda hard to afford when you don't earn in USD or a similarly strong currency. If by "many" you mean like... 5% of them or something, then sure. Doesn't change the fact that the vast majority of students have no access to any meaningful form of income though. Assuming your computer doesn't freeze by trying to load one of those that is. It's not an excuse. It's a plain fact. If you can't afford a product, you're not a customer. Regardless of whether the product has a pirate alternative or not, fact is you won't be giving a single cent to whoever is providing the product. Because you just can't afford it. Having a pirate alternative just means you can consume the product you otherwise would not have access to. It's not really stopping you from spending money on said product because you were unable to afford it in the first place.