3DSMax is pretty expensive. I haven't used it since the late 90s (and remember complaining when the cost hit $1000!) -- it's now around $4000USD, which is pretty pricey. It's also great, and I find working with Blender difficult (the UI is pretty hard to work with.)
Anyway, excluding the 30-day trial, is there any affordable way to legitimately acquire a 3dmax license? With Photoshop, I was able to snag a copy of CS3 at a very reasonable price from someone who upgraded to CS5, but I don't see something similar working here.
What does everybody else do?