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First of all it pains me to write about this because I have been a huge fan of MMORPG.com for quite some time but this type of behaviour just screams to make people know.
I would like to remind some of you about a contest made by MMORPG.com concerning World of Warcraft which results can be seen here: http://www.mmorpg.com/newsroom.cfm/read/26429/World-of-Warcraft-Mists-of-Pandaria-Collectors-Edition-Giveaway-Winners-Announcement.html
My name is Micha? Graczyk and I am the facebook grand prize winner of this contest.
You can only imagine how great was my happiness when I saw that I actually won something for the first time in my life and moreover that It is the signed collector's edition of Mists of Pandaria. Everything was great, on the 28th of December 2012 I got a message from Michael Bitton via facebook asking for my adress and all, congratulating me. I was really really happy.
Then something happened. No longer than six days after I got another message and let me quote:
Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to honor your prize due to associated shipping costs. Please accept our apologies! "
(Let me explain here that I live in Poland although I can't see it being relevant because there was no mentioning of people from Europe not being able to actually take part in the contest)
You can imagine my shock and disbelief when I have read this. Don't want to sware but you guys can imagine how pissed I was at that moment.
Luckily I have a friend living in the U.S and I thought that maybe they could send the prize to his place. I asked Michael Bitton as calmly as I could and got a reply:
"...If you'd like us to send out your prize to an address in the US, we can probably do that."
Happy that not all is lost I have given him an appropriate adress in the States in the same time finding out, that the other grand prize winner (Zzad) that was from Spain, will not receive his prize either. (Picking two grand prize winners from somewhere that it is impossible for them to send a package strikes me as puzzling)
Days pass and still nothing arrives at my friends house in the States. I am beggining to loose all hope of actually being able to receive the prize I justly won.
Two questions strike my mind:
#1 How could such a thing happen in such a great service as the MMORPG.com?
#2 How could such a great service as the MMORPG not be able to send two packages with justly won prizes to their rightfull winners?
Don't have anything to add. Maybe you guys will find some other words to describe what's happened because I am tired of this case and actually lost all hope of using the prize I won (The prize game is of US version whereas I play on EU)
Wanted to share this story with you guys so maybe someone somewhere learns a lesson.