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Annoying habits of ecommerce...

...just when you get used to the way a favourite site works, someone makes a major change...

Play.com now splits Region1 DVDs off into a new site, PlayUSA.com.

Now, that shouldn't be so bad - it makes sense to show Region 1 in a different area - it's what they've done the the shopping cart that doesn't make any sense. There's no continuity between the two sites. Search for a Region 1 DVD on Play.com, and you'll get dropped onto a placeholder page, with the irritating message "please note that your shopping basket will not be transferred to PlayUSA". It won't run your search, either...

It's not that's difficult to handle the session transfer between sites. Off hand I can think of two, possibly three, secure mechanisms that wouldn't mean using cookies to transfer information between sites.


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Aug. 14th, 2003 04:46 am (UTC)
That sounds more like commercial reasoning than technical incompetence. The whole point of the regions is to stop those outside a region from playing DVDs from that region. Separating the buying of them into regions as well adds another obstacle to those trying to view the DVDs they really shouldn't be viewing!

DVD regions sure make a mockery of globalization, whatever else it is they're supposed to do...
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