Wednesday, December 17, 2008

And that will about do it for the Amazon idea

A few weeks ago, over at the old address for this site, I posted the news that Amazon was offering a fairly substantial discount on the new Fantasy Flight Games version of Cosmic Encounter. At the time, I hesitated to post the information at all, knowing from painful experience that Amazon is not exactly a big player in boardgame distribution, but, in the end, I decided that the potential savings might be something that Blogmic readers would be interested in.

Interested or not, I now regret even bringing it up. Amazon is light years beyond useless when it comes to gaming: inaccurate listings, shipping dates that change on a whim, robotic replies for "customer service" ... these are just three of the problems with the typical Amazon game listing. And, sadly, many Cosmic Encounter fans are now caught up in Amazon's web of inaccuracies:

Horror stories I

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Horror stories IV

So, yeah, I think that will about play a Quash on any further Amazon mentions from me. They are the best in the world at delivering books, CDs, and DVDs, but truly hopeless when it comes to games.

9 comments:

dan daly said...

THey've now jumped the price from being the lowest around to the highest.

Mark said...

Dan's comment made me look... they've gone from being "Not available yet" to "Out of stock," so I'm wondering if I just missed out on the first shipment (I got my "wait until January-February" email yesterday). At least the new, bust-out MSRP listing is still linked to my order at the early pre-order price.

David said...

I had gotten the same wait until February email, but today I got an email that said it has already shipped.

Mark said...

I got the same yesterday, David... I've gotten a tracking number and an expected delivery date of Jan. 6! My card was charged the $32.97.

Limey Sponge said...

I got an email today that my copy is in the mail. It is only going to take 4 business days to get from northwestern Indiana to northeastern Illinois. I love our postal service!

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