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Old 12-19-18, 12:31 PM
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Amazon Global Store ripoff

I added a post to the Complaining About Amazon thread a couple weeks ago

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From an Amazon UK DVD product listing. What's wrong with this picture?



We've puzzled several times in this thread why foreign Amazon sites won't ship some "Fulfilled by Amazon" products to the USA, but this is a new one. I did contact Amazon customer service, but all they wanted to do is make excuses. I guess they don't want my business.
and was a little disappointed that nobody jumped on the bandwagon. But I've continued researching the problem and believe I've found the answer. Has anybody heard of the Amazon Global Store? It's already hit Australia:

http://fortune.com/2018/04/18/amazon...onal-shopping/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-...ts-you/9820312
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-...y-more/9821062

and this feels like a very gradual tightening of the noose around US buyers, too. It would be great if the prices were the same, but kind of like the inflated shipping costs for EBay's GSP, they're not.

I originally wanted to buy the old James Mason movie The Seventh Veil from Amazon UK:

Amazon Amazon

but no, can't do it. But I can buy the same product from amazon.com, sold by Amazon themselves...for nearly 3x the price:

Amazon Amazon

I was also interested in the rare noir The Night Has 1,000 Eyes from Amazon DE:

Amazon Amazon

but again no. I also can't buy a version from Amazon IT:

https://www.amazon.it/notte-ha-mille.../dp/B007XOCK5E

(but pssst, there's a possibly better version still available from Sinister Film, don't tell Amazon):

https://www.amazon.it/Notte-Ha-Mille.../dp/B0178VH74K

The odd thing is that while this DVD is available from Amazon.com at inflated prices, this time Amazon isn't one of the sellers:

Amazon Amazon
Amazon Amazon

so maybe that blows a hole in my theory? I dunno.

Veil is from Odeon/Screenbound and I spent some time checking the New Release list and British Films -> Pre 1940 list at http://classicfilmsdirect.com (leaving out Network, Arrow, etc. titles) against Amazon UK's listings and found this is literally the only Screenbound DVD that's blocked. I contacted Screenbound directly, and they were very nice but clueless. Night is part of a 25-disk collection, and I checked most of them on Amazon DE (many are OOP or ship only from third party sellers), and only one other title is blocked, This Gun For Hire:

Amazon Amazon

I contacted Amazon UK and Amazon DE, and an email address I didn't know before amazon-pr at amazon dot com, but as usual, nobody could give me a straight answer.

Any thoughts? Even if my conclusion is wrong, there is still something going on.
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Old 12-19-18, 08:59 PM
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Re: Amazon Global Store ripoff

I was just playing with the VPN feature in Opera. Neither DVD will ship to Sweden or Singapore either, so perhaps they won't ship these titles outside the country at all? Still looking for an answer other than "because".

Edit: Doesn't ship to the Netherlands either. Yes, it appears to be a global block.
Edit #2: A VPN direct to Germany (with some tweaking) solves the problem, but then during the order process, the site chokes (as expected) on the shipping page. So the solution really is to just buy from somebody else.

I guess they really don't want my business. Still curious why.

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Old 12-19-18, 09:00 PM
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Re: Amazon Global Store ripoff

I've seen this on several items. Some DVDs, some "toys to life" figures.

A DVD I ordered several months back was OOS at the time so the order is "pending." Since that time it's come into stock but has that "Does not ship to the US" bit added. Something that *wasn't* there when I placed the order. It's still holding and I'm not going to cancel. Their "reasons" just don't hold water.

It's the same for the game supplies. I've purchased "toys to life" figures from both Amazon.uk and some of their MP vendors. It's just specific ones that have that "Do not ship to the US" restriction. No rhyme or reason.

I agree that "something's going on" but, like you, can't figure out the logic of the restrictions.

I don't think it's because of the "Amazon Global Store" vendor. Every time I've checked the Amazon.uk price on such offerings it's within pennies of the "Global Store" price plus shipping. That's for DVDs, BRs, and board games.
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Old 12-21-18, 12:49 AM
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Thanks for the reply. As you find them again, would you mind adding the URL's here, so we can create a better case?

I am familiar with some MP sellers also not shipping overseas and don't understand that either, but always assumed it had to do with hidden costs to the seller, even if "fulfilled by Amazon." Perhaps Amazon subsidizes shipping for their own items but hits MP sellers with an additional fee, or maybe the MP seller carries liability if the item gets lost? But then we must have some Amazon sellers among us who would have confirmed or denied this long ago during previous discussions. So it's still confusing.

I don't believe DVDTalk does actual reporting, so for lack of other obvious contacts, I emailed Bill Hunt @ TheDigitalBits. No reply yet.
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