Originally Posted by erequena
Dude, what's your problem with non-Americans? You're the only person I've heard complaining about that (and quite often). And Amazon IS GETTING OUR MONEY, yeah, sure, we might be circling around the system, but we're not being dishonest.
I believe Amazon knows that, that's why they are allowing that loophole (i.e. purchasing with a gift card without validating CC). Amazon clearly believes in a really open world, and I'm pretty sure only enforce regional restrictions due to pressure from publishers (i.e. they don't enforce anything of the kind on physical purchases, you can use any CC from any country)
So, thank you Amazon, for being realistic and knowing what the internet is really for: Breaking geographic barriers, not making them worst!
Back on topic, that preorder promotion is awesomely amazong (intended)
This is no different than Americans (or anyone outside of region, really) buying keys from what some people call "shady resellers" or buying Steam gifts purchased in CIS countries; in every case the consumer is buying a product that was not intended for them. For some reason, only talk of the former is disallowed here, with most people actively hostile against it. The hypocrisy is truly mind-boggling and I'd be interested to know how many people are ok with this, but opposed to other out of region purchasing.
I'm curious how much longer the Paradox and SquareEnix packs may have lasted if only people who were supposed to be buying them were able to. There is also a (small) worry among some of us that publishers may not take too kindly to Amazon's lax region checks and punish them in the future, ruining the deals for the rest of us. That doesn't even take into account the complaints and added CS and potentially product costs when a key will only activate in North America -- yes, it is rare, but there was a lot of complaining from people who couldn't activate Dead Island, or people asking questions about GfWL games, wondering if the games would activate in their country. There is absolutely no reason that Amazon should be spending resources trying to fix these issues, because they shouldn't be issues in the first place.