Hmmm just was chatting with a buddy on the phone about all this UPS hooey.
Hey what needs to be asked is this....
Matrix has the cd... then they get an order for it..... just what does Matrix have to do with the cd to get it to the costumer really? (I ask because I dont know).
I mean legally what are your obligations as a business sending a product to the consumer across borders etc.
I belong to the Military Book Club. I get books, (often several books in one mailing) in the mail. I pay at best about 5 bucks shipping.
If I had a hidden sum dumped on me at point of delivery I would tell the parties in question to get stuffed. Especially if the cost to get the book exceeded the cost of the damn book. I would tell the person looking to gouge me to enjoy the game he just bought because I wouldnt accept it.
But then again, I never send money first then wait for the product. I get the product and then send my money back with my bill (which explains why only impatient fools pre-order anything and then cry about surprises).
Now granted I am buying books from a company that is now apparently owned by a US entity, and my books come from a Toronto source. I dont know if UPS has any connection here at all. I am assuming the whole deal is just through Canada Post actually. So of course I am wondering why Matrix has to even give their business to UPS at all.
Is UPS needed?....can not Matrix just merely put the cd in the mail and cut UPS out of the picture entirely.
I recently sent a girl I know in Australia a cd. The cost to me was about $3.50 after you include my postage and the bubble envelope and the airmail method I choose. True I didnt "sell" her the cd, I merely sent it to her cause I wanted to.
But it proves that you can mail something somewhere as light as a cd with no real interest in the cost.
When you consider all the horror stories I am hearing about how hard you might find getting the cd to a target buyer. Well I can see Matrix getting stuck with a nice volume of unsold product.
I will say it cause I know it has entered at least someones mind. It wont be long before someone pirates the CD and just puts it on the net for free period, no UPS no Matrix nobody at all. I see it all the time. 80% (if not more I am just picking 80% cause it sounds right) of the software I see in my friends possession is this sort of "free".
Now I want Matrix to be able to get a nice return on their efforts. I want to see more Campaign software get developed after all.
Matrix better solve this boondoggle fast before someone steals the value of their software defacto (it will likely happen anyway). As it goes, I buy all my software regularly as 2-3 year old dead titles with all the add ons in a single collected works package routinely.
Just the other day I got East Front, West Front and two add ons from Talonsoft for 24 bucks at the software store. No original literature....oh bummer (add sarcasm here).
Software has at best about 3-5 months of shelf life if its lucky. Matrix is burning the candle and not getting the sales they might by the looks of things.
I LIKE that my life bothers them,
Why should I be the only one bothered by it eh.