wow ,thanks, but its £21 a monthly I am a one man band and will only use it to assist with parts ordering,i had the citroen and peugeot versions which were handy when I repaired only those cars and it was free from the manufacturer direct .To be honest it saved a lot of their parts guys time as I just ordered part numbers rather than trying to get a very nice Indian man to understand Scottish over the telephone.
If you're ordering enough parts, some parts suppliers may even subsidize your PL24 access or offer a similar platform. For a business, 20 EUR/month (net) shouldn't really be worth arguing about and if that is not in your price range - don't get me wrong - you're probably in the wrong business. Asking for pirated copies of ETKA certainly is not the way to go! That said, PL24 provides access to way more brands - so it's not just a VAG catalog, which makes it in my eyes even less worth arguing.