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(Kotaku)   Not news: Man camps outside store with sign and megaphone to protest store's refusal to refund his PS4 pre-order. FARK: He pre-ordered from a Blockbuster   (kotaku.com ) divider line
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2013-11-06 12:27:35 PM  
He ain't too bright, is he?
 
2013-11-06 12:44:44 PM  
Blockbuster UK, subby.

/although they're not doing as well as the US branch, either
//final store in this area is closing soon, finally
 
2013-11-06 12:58:46 PM  
Squeaky wheel and all that rot.
 
2013-11-06 01:15:54 PM  

PainInTheASP: Squeaky wheel and all that rot.


Squeaky wheel gets the kick!
 
2013-11-06 01:20:28 PM  
Adam Sibley had preordered a PlayStation 4 from his local Blockbuster. He later decided to cancel that preorder.

because the chain was going into administration, they couldn't handle cash refunds. Instead, they offered him £450 in store credit.

"Who in their right mind is going to spend £450 on blu-rays and CDs a month before Christmas", he told the BBC, "it's unreasonable for them to expect me to do that when I was expecting a console."



I don't know this man, but I hate him.
 
2013-11-06 01:22:07 PM  
I guess wasting his time camping in front of the store somehow seemed more logical than taking the console and then reselling it, maybe even for a small profit. I suspect this man is in desperate need of friends because if this Brit had some, they would have informed him that he's daft.
 
2013-11-06 01:25:13 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: PainInTheASP: Squeaky wheel and all that rot.

Squeaky wheel gets the kick!


Every hamster has his day!
 
2013-11-06 01:26:55 PM  
Preording seems ill-advised.
 
2013-11-06 01:28:24 PM  
barfblog.com

/honestly
 
2013-11-06 01:31:44 PM  
I hope the "Building for Lease" sign doesn't fall on him.
 
2013-11-06 01:50:33 PM  

DanZero: Blockbuster UK, subby.

/although they're not doing as well as the US branch, either
//final store in this area is closing soon, finally


In fact, all Blockbuster-owned US stores are closing by early January 2014 along with its DVD-by-mail service.
 
2013-11-06 02:01:23 PM  

MayoSlather: I guess wasting his time camping in front of the store somehow seemed more logical than taking the console and then reselling it, maybe even for a small profit. I suspect this man is in desperate need of friends because if this Brit had some, they would have informed him that he's daft.


They were going through "administration" which is British-ese for some sort of bankruptcy proceedings, and it's unlikely they would have ever delivered the console.

He's still a farking idiot for:

A) pre-ordering merchandise from a store with a less promising future than one of Dr. Kervorkian's patients

and

B)  Paying the full farking balance on a pre-order.  Most video game retailers charge a nominal fee, or something like 10% of the full price.  It seems to vary store-to-store if the deposit is refundable.

Still, even this farking idiot deserves a refund.
 
2013-11-06 02:01:38 PM  
Anyone who has the time to picket outside a store probably shouldn't be spending 450 quid on a console.

Also, goddamn, that's pricey. Seems non-North Americans/non-Japanese are still getting screwed over pretty hard on pricing.


Car_Ramrod: Adam Sibley had preordered a PlayStation 4 from his local Blockbuster. He later decided to cancel that preorder.

because the chain was going into administration, they couldn't handle cash refunds. Instead, they offered him £450 in store credit.

"Who in their right mind is going to spend £450 on blu-rays and CDs a month before Christmas", he told the BBC, "it's unreasonable for them to expect me to do that when I was expecting a console."


I don't know this man, but I hate him.


Agreed.

"I want to cancel my console order"
"Okay"
"Money please"
"Sorry can't do that"
"BUT I WANT MONEY FOR A CONSOLE"
 
2013-11-06 02:06:50 PM  
There is only one place I trust with pre-orders: Amazon.

Everyone else can go kick rocks.
 
2013-11-06 02:10:59 PM  

MayoSlather: I guess wasting his time camping in front of the store somehow seemed more logical than taking the console and then reselling it, maybe even for a small profit. I suspect this man is in desperate need of friends because if this Brit had some, they would have informed him that he's daft.


Exactly. Dude should have just taken the PS4, put it on eBay, and gotten back 2-3x what he paid for it.
 
2013-11-06 02:12:20 PM  
Given the bloke got all his money back from a store that is going out of business in a few weeks I'd say his plan went quite well.
 
2013-11-06 02:24:44 PM  
Ask Randy for a few DVD's while protesting.

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-11-06 02:25:35 PM  
what is this 'Blockbuster' you speak of?
 
2013-11-06 02:41:46 PM  

LlamaGirl: He ain't too bright, is he?


It took half an hour before they gave him the money, and as the saying goes...

"if it's stupid but it works, it's not stupid"
 
2013-11-06 03:22:10 PM  
I'm still waiting for the Dreamcast I preordered from Caldor.

/Blockbuster UK has been in administration for 10 months now, why would you possibly preorder anything from them?
 
2013-11-06 03:24:30 PM  

Girl Pants: Anyone who has the time to picket outside a store probably shouldn't be spending 450 quid on a console.

Also, goddamn, that's pricey. Seems non-North Americans/non-Japanese are still getting screwed over pretty hard on pricing.


Car_Ramrod: Adam Sibley had preordered a PlayStation 4 from his local Blockbuster. He later decided to cancel that preorder.

because the chain was going into administration, they couldn't handle cash refunds. Instead, they offered him £450 in store credit.

"Who in their right mind is going to spend £450 on blu-rays and CDs a month before Christmas", he told the BBC, "it's unreasonable for them to expect me to do that when I was expecting a console."


I don't know this man, but I hate him.

Agreed.

"I want to cancel my console order"
"Okay"
"Money please"
"Sorry can't do that"
"BUT I WANT MONEY FOR A CONSOLE"


Are you intentionally ignoring the reason for his refund: the store was not going to fulfill his pre-order?
 
2013-11-06 03:25:55 PM  

Dimensio: Girl Pants: Anyone who has the time to picket outside a store probably shouldn't be spending 450 quid on a console.

Also, goddamn, that's pricey. Seems non-North Americans/non-Japanese are still getting screwed over pretty hard on pricing.


Car_Ramrod: Adam Sibley had preordered a PlayStation 4 from his local Blockbuster. He later decided to cancel that preorder.

because the chain was going into administration, they couldn't handle cash refunds. Instead, they offered him £450 in store credit.

"Who in their right mind is going to spend £450 on blu-rays and CDs a month before Christmas", he told the BBC, "it's unreasonable for them to expect me to do that when I was expecting a console."


I don't know this man, but I hate him.

Agreed.

"I want to cancel my console order"
"Okay"
"Money please"
"Sorry can't do that"
"BUT I WANT MONEY FOR A CONSOLE"

Are you intentionally ignoring the reason for his refund: the store was not going to fulfill his pre-order?



Upon re-examining the article, I seem to have misinterpreted his reasons for his refund request.
 
2013-11-06 03:58:52 PM  
The original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-24768745

Adam Sibley, 31, ordered the product from the Dunstable store in June and paid for it last week.
The chain went into administration on Tuesday and the store offered him DVDs instead of a refund.
 
2013-11-06 04:02:35 PM  
The'd better watch themselves.  Too many more customer service issues like this one, and they just might have to start closing stores.
 
2013-11-06 04:36:36 PM  
I'm not going anywhere until I get my Battletoads that comes with the strap
 
2013-11-06 05:04:46 PM  
An article, publicity, and the refund. Not bad for 30 minutes of yelling at traffic..
 
2013-11-06 06:42:21 PM  
In others news, despite the presumptions that pretty much everyone in the United States figured that, by now, should be entirely safe to make, Dish Network *still* hasn't dissolved Blockbuster.
 
2013-11-06 08:02:19 PM  
I don't get why people in the thread are against this guy. Sure he did a few dumb things (preordering from Blockbuster), but that still doesn't change the fact that Blockbuster is trying to screw him.

He preordered something, and paid for it. It's reasonable to expect that he will receive what he ordered, or, if the preorder can't be fulfilled, he would receive his money back.

NOT, store credit, that's bullshiat.

This is akin to ordering a TV, paying for it, and then before the TV is delivered the store says "sorry, we don't have that TV anymore, but you can't have your money back you have to order something else".
 
2013-11-06 08:36:29 PM  
Both Sony and Microsoft came out today saying they are setting aside consoles too honor the UK Blockbuster preorders.  This guy caused a bunch of shiat for nothing.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-sony-to-honor-blockbuster -u k-xbox-one-ps4-preorders/1100-6416008/
 
2013-11-06 09:04:27 PM  
Not sure how it works over the pond. In the US I would wonder why the hell anyone would order something something like this from someplace other than Amazon.
 
2013-11-06 09:37:51 PM  

lordargent: I don't get why people in the thread are against this guy. Sure he did a few dumb things (preordering from Blockbuster), but that still doesn't change the fact that Blockbuster is trying to screw him.

He preordered something, and paid for it. It's reasonable to expect that he will receive what he ordered, or, if the preorder can't be fulfilled, he would receive his money back.

NOT, store credit, that's bullshiat.

This is akin to ordering a TV, paying for it, and then before the TV is delivered the store says "sorry, we don't have that TV anymore, but you can't have your money back you have to order something else".


The store went into administration. That's like Chaper 11 or whatever you call it, so they very likely wouldn't have got the stock and legally don't have to give refunds.

Lesson for everyone, if you ever buy something that you are not getting there and then then FFS use a credit card. Then if this happens you just call the cc company and they refund your money. Never pay cash.
 
2013-11-06 10:35:19 PM  
Flint Ironstag: The store went into administration. That's like Chaper 11 or whatever you call it, so they very likely wouldn't have got the stock and legally don't have to give refunds.

That's all fine and dandy, and that's what the article basically says.

But it doesn't change the fact that he was getting screwed. Just because it's legal doesn't make it right.

// Also, usually during bankruptcy (at least in the US) there's some time beforehand where they tell people with gift cards, store credit and other cash like equivalents that they need to use them before such and such date or lose them. I'm guessing they didn't even throw that bone out.

Flint Ironstag: Lesson for everyone, if you ever buy something that you are not getting there and then then FFS use a credit card.

That, or never preorder.
 
2013-11-07 02:57:38 AM  
I bonked my head on the headline due to being in the oilfield. "Man camps" is a noun here, not a noun and a verb.
 
2013-11-07 08:11:33 AM  

JohnBigBootay: Not sure how it works over the pond. In the US I would wonder why the hell anyone would order something something like this from someplace other than Amazon.


Amazon has farked up two of my orders (out of my 4 or 5 total).  I don't use them anymore.
 
2013-11-07 01:18:15 PM  

pastorkius: I'm still waiting for the Dreamcast I preordered from Caldor.

/Blockbuster UK has been in administration for 10 months now, why would you possibly preorder anything from them?


IIRC Bockbuster was the last retailer to sell out of the "launch day" PS4 kits.
 
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