July 8th, 2009

gaming

Some of these products do not exist in reality.

For kightp and rjw1, and everyone else who loves bacon: Bacon Salt! Makes everything taste like bacon! Also Baconnaisse, which is bacon-flavoured mayonnaise. All the products are vegetarian and kosher (!), some are vegan.

For epi_lj and stellarwind: Awesome games of great awesomeness! Personally, I think that wuzzie and I should get Accordion Hero II, but Cthulhu Karts is also appealing. Note to meeping and gerwinium: Nacht Musik sounds like the best haunted house horror crossover since Typing of the Dead. And what Sims or Animal Crossing fan could resist Grand Theft Ottoman?

For anyone who knows enough about Pokemon to get the joke: Murderous Magikarp t-shirt. I want. Does not exist in girl sizes though, grumble.

Why is the coolest thing on the list fake?
corrosive

The world is smaller than you think.

Today I am Unimpressed with Threadless.com. Having spent a while on their site choosing stuff, I've come to pay for my order and discovered that it is not possible for me to buy things for someone who lives in another country to me.
Can shipping and billing addresses be different?
As long as the billing and shipping addresses are in the same country, you can use different billing and shipping addresses.

Now, this just seems bizarre. I can only assume it's some sort of fraud prevention thing, but... for the size of order we're talking about, I can't see why it's necessary. I mean, let's go on a t-shirt buying spree with a stolen credit card! Doesn't quite work, does it?

In this internet age tons of people have friends who live in different countries to themselves. It seems absolutely ridiculous for me to have to wait two weeks to receive a t-shirt in the UK, pay huge customs charges (the borderline here is so low - £18 iirc - that sometimes even one t-shirt can make you have to pay charges. I don't mind the % duty so much, but it's the £8/£9/£10 fixed fee "handling charge" that kills me, often doubling the cost of the order when postage is also considered), only to have to send it straight back to the US, taking another two weeks before it gets to my friend!

And it's just not the same if I PayPal over the amount of money to my friend and get him to buy his own present...