QuickBooks 2011 Pricing

| September 30, 2010 | 16 Comments

You can order QuickBooks 2011 starting this week, so here is my annual “QuickBooks Pricing” article. Where is the best place to buy QuickBooks? I’ll let you decide – but do NOT pay full retail for your copy of QuickBooks! 

Please note that these prices are subject to change, so you should check them out before making a purchase.

Standard Pricing

If you go to the QuickBooks web site at http://quickbooks.intuit.com/ you will see the following for the US edition (Windows desktop versions only):

  • Pro 2011 one user, $229.95
  • Pro 2011 three users, $649.95
  • Premier 2011 one user, $399.95
  • Premier 2011 three users, $999.95
  • Enterprise V11.0 5 users, $3000.00

It is interesting to note which prices went up from last year, which went down. Pro one user is up, Premier three user is down, for example.

Upgrade Pricing

If you are ordering through the Intuit web site you will see that there is an upgrade offer – click on the Upgrade button. If you have an older copy of QuickBooks and have a license number, you may be able to get a discount.

  • Pro 2011 one user, $199.95
  • Pro 2011 three users, $599.95
  • Premier 2011 one user, $359.95
  • Premier 2011 three user, $899.95

You will be asked for your registration number, a 15 digit code you can find in your current product under Help and then About QuickBooks.

Internet Pricing

For Pro and Premier you can go to Amazon and other bulk vendors. Looking at prices today (this can change at any time) I found the following;

In addition to this you may be able to find copies on eBay, but I don’t recommend shopping there. You don’t always know what you are getting – if it is an opened copy that has been registered you may not be able to transfer the license to your company. It can be very risky.

If you are patient, and you want a single user Pro version, wait a few months. Intuit often provides heavy discounts on single user Pro licenses through various retailers like Office Max. I can’t say if they will do that this year or not, but I’d be surprised if they don’t. However, note that I usually don’t recommend Pro for most businesses – I greatly prefer Premier.

An Even BETTER Price

Even though QuickBooks is giving “upgrade” pricing, you can still do better. Here are a couple of options.

You can go to a discount vendor such as Sam’s Club. At the time that I’m writing this they are not listing the product in their online store – but in the past there have been slightly lower prices for the products there. Note that you might only find single user licenses.

This is usually not a download copy, it will be shipped to you, and shipping charges may apply.

Another alternative is the CCRSoftware QuickBooks Products web site. For the sake of openness and honesty, this is my web site and I do get a commission from sales if you click here. However, you get one of the best prices around, and it is a downloadable copy (so you get it faster). If you choose a product from my web site, you are taken to the Intuit web site and you order directly from Intuit. However, as you can see below, the price is discounted (the discount varies by product):

image Discounts are also available for Premier.

image  If you are looking for a multi user license, this often gives you the best price.


It pays to shop around!


Category: Program Updates, QuickBooks 2011

About the Author (Author Profile)

Charlie Russell is the founder of CCRSoftware. He’s been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70’s, focusing on inventory and accounting software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Look for Charlie’s articles in the Accountex Report blog, as well as his California Wildflower Hikes blog.

Comments (16)

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  1. Charlie,

    I don’t know if you noticed this already, but I noticed that (when buying through your CCRSoftware discount program), according to the screen shot above, the Premier upgrade price is actually $4 higher than the full version! (323.96 vs 319.96).

  2. Charlie says:

    Chris, hadn’t noticed that. Such fun! That is why I tell you to look around for pricing, Intuit does a lot of odd things. They control the price breaks through the links I provided, they don’t give as good a discount off of upgrades as they do for new purchases. Their “upgrade” pricing is rarely a good deal in Pro or Premier…

    Here is something that I didn’t realize until after I wrote the article (I wrote it several days ago) – not a lot of press about this, but you can no longer have a 5 user Pro installation. You can only have up to three users in Pro (you could upgrade to 5 users last year). You have to go to Premier to get more than three users. This may catch some people unawares if they are upgrading.

    Of course, I don’t recommend using Pro in most businesses. Premier offers so much more…

  3. Nancy Smyth says:

    Charlie, did you know that people have been able to purchase and download since Monday (9/27)? We’ve already had several customers do so this week.

  4. Charlie says:

    Of course I knew that, Nancy – what is your point? I said “this week”…

  5. Cyndi Smith says:

    Charlie,I have used the Pro for years, but I see you prefer Premier. Why? When I go to the Intuit web site it’s not very helpful with the differences. There is one page with features, but not a lot is listed. We are a small locksmith business, using 2 licenses. (you’ve been here before) Would it really benefit us much to change? I was looking at upgrading this year so it would be a great time to change if it’s better for us. I’m using Pro 2008 now, we do our payroll in house and I have an account do our taxes.

  6. Nancy Smyth says:

    Just wondering that’s all. I hadn’t seen any announcement that it could be downloaded as soon as it became available to order, so it took me by surprise. Must be I missed something.

  7. Charlie says:

    Nancy: I knew that it would be available on that date based on discussions with Intuit. That has been the target date for months. As far as announcements, haven’t seen any but I don’t always pay attention to that.

  8. Charlie says:

    Cyndi, I probably shouldn’t make such blanket statements. On the average, I prefer Premier. However, if I’m talking to an individual business as a consultant, I would first ask about how your business operates and what you need from the computer before I’d make a specific recommendation.

    Most businesses that I deal with are selling things. Premier has more flexibility in pricing (“per item” price level lists, for example) and it has the “sales order” feature. If you are managing inventory, sales orders provide you with a great number of advantages.

    But some people don’t need those features (there are others that I haven’t listed). If Pro works for you, that is great!

  9. Soga says:

    Charlie, this is in reference to Cyndi’s comments and your response. Am still struggling to master and make full use of all applicable features of Pro 2009 (Inventory, Manual Payroll, etc). And I just produce and sell Table Eggs (>5 million/annum). Any great reasons why I should upgrade tp Premier 2011? Thanks

  10. Charlie says:

    Soga, as I said to Cyndi, I’d need to know more about your business. Do you have special pricing for some types of customers? And if so, how do you set that pricing up – is it a discount off of list, or a special price per item?

    Do you have backorder situations? I’d think not, but I’m not familiar with the egg business so I can’t say.

    I probably should write an article about the differences between the products, to help people decide. I just haven’t gotten to that…

  11. William "Bill" Murphy says:

    Charlie – I am sorry to be responding to your ‘pricing’ Blog so late, but none the less I wanted to say that I don’t know about You or your readers, but I am NOT a fan of the new QuickBooks Enterprise Pricing plan which only offers 5, 10 and 30 user versions (eliminating the 15, 20 and 25 versions previously available). Upgrading when you have grown by ‘1’ employee from a 10 user version to a 30 user version is one heck of a ‘leap’ even though Intuit has lowered the 30-user cost. And that’s my way of thinking about it.

    William “Bill” Murphy

  12. Charlie says:

    Thanks, Bill. I don’t pay as much attention to Enterprise because you can’t get discounts on Enterprise by purchasing online. The issues with Pro, and with Enterprise, regarding changes with number of users will cause some consternation, and have caught some people by surprise.

  13. Jack H says:

    Charlie, I am a scrap metal dealer. We depend on customers to supply us the inventories. Customers can be a individual or a corporate company. When the inventory are received we sort it, accumulate and sell in bulk volume to mill or refinery . In a way we run a point of purchase business. Can you kindly inform which Quickbook will be tailor to my buiness need. THanks in advance.

  14. Charlie says:

    Jack, I would need more information to be able to make a recommendation for any business. QuickBooks isn’t specifically oriented towards your kind of business, as it doesn’t have features to handle a calculation of gross minus tare weight, and such. I’ve worked with several companies in your industry.

    Pro, Premier or Enterprise can be used, although I tend to not recommend Pro for most businesses.

  15. Jack says:

    Thanks Charlie, what information would need?

  16. Charlie says:

    Jack, that kind of consulting isn’t something that I would do through exchanging comments in a blog like this. The blog is not really set up for that. You can go to the Intuit Community Forums to get free support – http://community.intuit.com/quickbooks. You can find a local ProAdvisor who can help you – http://proadvisor.intuit.com/accountant-match/. You can contact me directly at the email address in my forum profile, but note that I do charge an hourly fee for direct support.

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