Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More freebies for the Americans, yoohoo!

[Update: Hmm, in hindsight, this post seems rather bitter. What do you think?]

Today Jeff Bezos gleefully announce even more fantastic freebies for the American Amazon Prime members. Tons of free top-range movies.


Meanwhile in the UK, also paying for our prime membership, what do we get? Diddley/squat. Nada. Zip.

I even paid for a US Prime membership also, just to see. Sure, on the site it promised me all the same things, even though it well knows I'm in the UK.
... but when it came to actually roll the exciting superhero movie, I got this:


To not at least warn people up front that only Americans are worthy of these golden gifts, that's just adding insult to injury.

Update:
I wrote Amazon, and they said that they value their international customers, but laws prevent them from streaming to outside the US. Fair enough, I just think that establishing a similar service in the UK is taking a loooong time. Ah well, they're probably working on it the best they can.

5 comments:

TC [Girl] said...

Write him, perhaps? Just a thought. Not cool...for sure! :-(

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yeah I did write Amazon. (See update.)

Rationally I'm sure they'd love to give that service in every country, and are working on it. Just emotionally it feels like seeing Santa visit your neighbor twelve times a year, and your house never.

It's a bit dumb, because I really don't need it, I have more video and ebook content than I know what do with. But try telling that to the little beast within.

TC [Girl] said...

[Update: Hmm, in hindsight, this post seems rather bitter. What do you think?]

You had some very valid points. I'd be pissed, too!

Yeah I did write Amazon. (See update.)

Good onya Matey! :-D

Rationally I'm sure they'd love to give that service in every country, and are working on it. Just emotionally it feels like seeing Santa visit your neighbor twelve times a year, and your house never.

Yes; I understand. I could do an analogy similar to this "argument" re: the "haves" and the "have nots" but...that's life, I guess. ;-)

It's a bit dumb, because I really don't need it, I have more video and ebook content than I know what do with. But try telling that to the little beast within.

You forgot one little word that would comprise the entire human race: "greedy"

I happen to LOVE the "free" (after paying $80/annually!) movies, myself! That membership pays for itself in no time w/me 'cuz it helps to curb my theater spending. :-/

I just think that establishing a similar service in the UK is taking a loooong time. Ah well, they're probably working on it the best they can.

Or...perhaps, you'll just, simply, have to move to the States, so that you can buy MORE BOOKS, ETC. for your Kindle! ;-)

Xyzzy Magic said...

Eh, not for the Americans -- for the Americans affluent enough to comfortably pay the high cost of Amazon Prime membership. These days, things are such a mess here that a lot of us aren't in that group, even if we managed to buy an e-reader secondhand or on sale.

Not that we're alone or anywhere near the worst off -- I was just responding to the idea of "Americans" having certain privileges, when it's more like a fortunate subset of us.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

That's a fair point, XM.