I was a bit curious and reviewed the process by which I ordered Nero Linux 3.0 on the Nero web site. The individual pages and the information requested/provided on each page are:
NERO SHOP - MY ACCOUNT. The customer inputs name, address, and other pertinent information. This page shows “your shopping cart” with Nero Linux 3 and a price of $24.99.
NERO SHOP - ADDRESS DETAILS. This page shows the address and other customer information from the previous page. It also shows “your shopping cart” with Nero Linux 3 and a price of $24.99.
NERO SHOP - PAYMENT. The customer selects a payment option on this page. I selected a credit card.
NERO SHOP - PAYMENT. The customer inputs his credit card information at this point. Although I didn’t notice it at the time, this page does contain the statement: “Please pay now: $29.98.” The only option shown on this page is a red button labeled “pay now.”
NERO SHOP - PAYMENT. This page contains the statement “this page will forward you to your card issuing bank for identification.” The only option is continue.
NERO SHOP - ORDER SUCCESSFUL. This page states that “your order is now confirmed.” For the first time, the customer is notified that he/she is paying for an “extended download service” at a cost of $4.99 in addition to the $24.99 price of Nero Linux.
So, perhaps everyone has to purchase the extended download service. There doesn’t appear to be any way to avoid it.
I noticed that one of the above web pages indicated that the purchase transaction was being handled by payment provider, Bibit. Perhaps at some future point Nero Linux will be available from other retailers that are more straightforward in the ordering process.