Tuesday, 4 November 2008

I Am An All Powerful Amazon Warrior

Can someone please explain to me why Amazon.com gift certificates are not transferable to Amazon.ca? Or maybe someone could explain to me why Amazon.com charges so much to ship to Canada? Or maybe, and this is the kicker, someone could explain to me why Canadian residents cannot purchase mp3 files from Amazon.com? 

I've already "deposited" my gift certificate into my (newly made) Amazon.com account, so I can't even pass it along to someone else. Because, you know, you can't use gift certificate money to buy gift certificates. 

*shakes fist*

16 comments:

  1. you need to call amazon and throw a fit.

    even if you don't get what you want it will still be fun.

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  2. Fit-throwing equals scared customer service reps who give you what you want.

    Go for it!

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  3. Call Amazon. If that fails, do you have a friend in the US you could send a little gift to, so it doesn't go to waste?

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  4. I would say call, but don't throw a fit. those folks don like that at all...

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  5. I believe it has to do with the fact that they are two completely separate companies. Due to rights issues, it is not legal to sell Canadian books in America and vice versa. That's why you guys have different covers and ISBN's on your books than we do.

    I'm not sure of all that, but I'm betting that is the case, knowing the little bit I do about international book rights.

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  6. I wonder if you changed your home address to "123 Main, Sacramento, CA" if it would let you download MP3's

    Thank you for keeping your prescription drugs inexpensive for us. The least we can do is let you download some MP3's

    Knot

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  7. The whole MP3 thing is just weird. I wonder if Knot's idea would work?

    Maybe one of the Internets would be willing to accept delivery of your books and then send them to you? I would definitely be up for sticking it to The Man, man.

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  8. Eww, that is not cool! I'd definitely call and try to talk with them. Maybe you could trade your gift certificate for some $$ with someone in the US. I "sell" some gift cards to my mom if they are for stores I don't shop at and she does. I get the cash, she gets the card, and we're all happy.

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  9. Ugh, that's so annoying. I recently won an Amazon.com card too, and I seriously used almost half of the amount paying for the freaking shipping, as my credit card was maxed at the time, so I couldn't just pay for the shipping seperately. It's ridiculous.

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  10. This sucks! I am writing an angry letter in my head.

    word verification: chang

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  11. Scream into the phone, take a picture of your fist and email it to them. You'll get what you want then.

    I really think it could work.

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  12. Now, that's frustrating! Kind of like when I went to redeem a gift certificate at West Elm (a subsidiary of Williams Sonoma). Their system didn't allow for me to cash it in online NOR over the phone ... I had to send it in. Then, the stupid sales reps processed an order for a rug and a rug pad when the rug was no longer carried - they still sent me the rug pad, as if I'd need it. WTF?!

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  13. Why won't Amazon.com ship many of their products to Canada?

    Why doesn't Amazon.ca carry the same stuff as Amazon.com

    Online shopping in Canada sucks. Yo.

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  14. Ditto Noelle. I work in publishing and personally distribute mp3s to them and they are totally different companies in the US and Canada.

    It seems like you should still be able to call and have them transfer your balance.

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  15. ooh, i was going to suggest the same thing as 3carnations... have them ship stuff to someone in the states (i'll do it!), then have it sent off to you for way cheaper than the inexplicably super-expensive amazon shipping. i do it for my girl in paris all the time :-)

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