After reading the above, and considering my modest needs (and budget), I decided to go for it. Got the box yesterday and guess what. NO SERIAL NUMBER WITH THE PRODUCT. Bought it from a reputable on line reseller, so now I have to go to all the trouble to ship it back, get a new one, and hope like hell this one has a serial with it.
Obviously QC is quite lax when you ship a product you know needs a serial and there is not one in the box.
So, instead of a fun weekend spent burning mix CD's, it's a not so fun weekend spent fuming over their stupidity.