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First of all, my appolagies if this isnt the forum to discuss this. But I wasnt sure where to put it.
I am writing mostly because Im sad. Not angry mind you, I rarely get angry. But I am sad and dissaponted.
I am one of the runner up winners of MoP giveaway on MMORPG: http://www.mmorpg.com/newsroom.cfm/read/26370/World-of-Warcraft-Mists-of-Pandaria-Collectors-Edition-Giveaway.html
I won a copy of standard MoP.
As I dont normaly win things, just like everyone else, this was great news. I was very happy, even braged abouit to my wife. Sceptical as she is he only comment was - "And I won a trip to the moon, going just as soon as you receive your game". Snarly remark from a cynic I thought. This giveaway is sponsored by Blizzard after all.
Today I received this message from MMORPG staff:
Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to honor your prize due to associated shipping costs. Please accept our apologies!
Community Manager, MMORPG.com
You can imagine my dissapointement. I asked if there is any conciliation prize, but due to time difference it will be some 18 hours at best before I get a reply.
Still it sadenes me deeply to just get a message stating, sorry you dont live in US or Canada. Sure everyone was eligable to enter the contest. We even featured it on Facebook, where anyone and everoyne from all over the workd can participate. But they cant really receive the prize as such.
Now there are many giveaways on MMORPG that I cant participate since its US / Canada only. Fair enough. But when you enable us from rest of the world to participate and / or even win, we actually expect to receive the prize regardless. Especialy one that is sponsored by a company size of Blizzard that cant afford shiping fees.
Chances of geting something else in return are slim to none. And before you ask what do I have in mind, something small, like in game pet, email from Blizz with - sorry we cant give you your prize, but heres a pic of Blizz staff waving at you. You know, something. Its not about the prize, its about that warm feeling of awsomeness that you get when you win something you never thought you would.
P.S. I would kindly ask MMO staff to give my prize to someone that can receive it. Since I wont get anything, it would be a shame for it to go to waste. Im sure there is someone in that pool of dedicaded MMORPG readers that is eligable.
Whats your take on all of this MMORPG readers ? Would you get mad or would you simply feel like sh*t and make a post like this ?
P.P.S. Actualy I am angry at one thing. Adminitng to my wife she was right. At work ATM, but that smug smile saying - "I told you so".