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Just keeping their 'marketplace' side of things. Amazon rules all.
and since then, for whatever reason, their website was shit and wouldn't load properly for me at home. So I stopped using it.
If everyone else's home computer was as useless as mine it may have been a factor.
But tbf fair they did get pretty shit.
particularly for MP3s, oddly.
I also liked their post policy which, unlike Amazon's, was pretty strictly to the 3-day rule.
and I usually found pre-orders from Play arrived faster than pre-orders from Amazon.
then it's about time
...has been pretty tough on The Channel Islands over the past decade or so, even before the current austerity/clampdown/public appeasement measures. Not really sure the treatment is proportionate tbh.
Amazon: taking advantage of preferential corporation tax rates offered by a government to base themselves in a specific country, as an economy of scale - part of offering a global service.
Play: Japanese owned business entity dispatching from a crown dependency purely so it can sell the odd CD and DVD at 20% less than others in the market.
It's frickin Amazon. They offer such an impeccable service that it's impossible to get mad at them, play.com on the other hand.
I was looking at a CD on Amazon that would take one to two months to *dispatch* so ordered it from a distro in Canada at half the price.
I have started getting a lot of Play.com emails that are actually about zoverstocks on marketplace though so I suppose they've been gearing towards this already.
Last used them about 4 years ago I think.
I haven't used them since
they kept telling me it was delayed, then after six months told me they were cancelling the order.
First ever purchase:
Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Ultimate DVD Edit. (DTS/5.1) (Region 1 DVD)
25 November 2000.
If you get the time post up your most recent Tesco receipt as well
often cheaper than amazon
around 2009 it all seemed to get a bit crappy though and they just sort of faded from my memory for some reason
I could never understand why people bothered to use Amazon as it was much more expensive. Since Amazon started free delivery on everything though I've very rarely gone back to Play really.
I always used to check both, and go with which was cheapest - and up until a few years ago, that was usually Play (if I was buying it new, at least).
Now I very rarely even bother checking.
In keeping with the thread, my first order was the complete collection of Spaced back in 2004.
I use Play.com all the time, it's pretty simple (aside from when the website didn't load for whatever techno reason for some people):
1) Think of product you'd like to buy
2) Log onto their website and type it in the search box
3) Add to cart and pay decent price
4) Free postage within 5 days
What's crap about that?!
I ordered three books from Amazon last week and, while two went through ok, it said my card details on the third were incorrect..umm ok then! Plus they still haven't arrived yet despite e-mails reassuring me they were posted all within 24 hours of sale.
I'll miss Play, it never once let me down.
Incidently my first order was: Freaks and Geeks - The Complete Series (Region 1 DVD) in 2007
PS - where ARE my books?
I bought like 34 CDs, and they sent them all individually packaged. pricks.
two thirds of them arrived on the same day
for when you sell them on through amazon marketplace
jessops took over a shop in york vacated by game when the were circling the drain.
2005 - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Qundary Phase
2005 - Sex and the City Season 3
2005 - Football Manager 2005
2005 - The Nightmare Before Christmas
2005 - Friends Season 1
2005 - Forza Motorsport
2005 - Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (PS2)
2005 - Half-Life 2 (Xbox 360)
2005 - Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (PC)
2006 - Pirates of the Caribean 2 DVD
2007 - X Files Season 7 Boxset
2007 - X Files Season 6 Boxset
2008 - Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360)
2008 - Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Wii)
18 Jun 2006
Counter-Strike: Source (PC Games)
26 Dec 2011
World Won't Listen - The Smiths (CD)
Lent that CD to a mate actually, must ask for it back
I still browse occasionally but rarely buy.
05 Mar 2005
Together We're Heavy - The Polyphonic Spree (CD)
13 Dec 2011
Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (PlayStation3)
the most excellent bundle of games ever
First purchase: Original Musiquarium (Reissue) - Stevie Wonder (CD)31 Jan 2003
Last purchase: She's A Dancing Machine - Magda (CD) 4 Mar 2007
01 Jul 2006 - The Frames - Set List
03 Oct 2012 - Mogwai - Come On Die Young, although this was from marketplace, so excluding marketplace stuff
23 May 2012 - Future Of The Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
So yeah I still used it occasionally. Though I fell out of the habit of checking both Amazon and Play before ordering quite some time ago, unless something I'm looking for is more expensive on Amazon than I'd hoped.
so while most sellers probably list on both Amazon and Play and make the Play listing slightly more expensive to cover the postage cost, it at least prevents my usual Amazon marketplace routine of "OH FUCK THIS IS AMAZINGLY CHEAP oh wait I have to add £1.28."
first: 15 Jul 2006 - Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector (Nintendo DS)
last: 17 Dec 2011 - The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 1
and amazon and everywhere else was way more expensive. It happened quite a lot for pc games iirc