I’ve been shopping on Amazon for a number of years, and have always had relatively satisfactory results. However, recently I had one of the worst shopping experiences imaginable. Almost everyone involved in this fiasco had some share of the blame.
I wanted to buy a particular DVD: Eva (2011) on Blu-ray, I couldn’t find it on any of the typical websites, Amazon, eBay, DeepDiscount or Overstock. I did a google search and was given a link to an Amazon listing from an Amazon re-seller (? go figure)! The price ($21.89) was more than I wanted to spend, but decided to buy it anyway because it is one of the best sci-fi films I’ve seen, and because it was advertised as “USA Compatible,” which I assumed was 1) formatted for region 1 and 2) had English subtitles.
For some reason this DVD was shipped registered mail, which complicated its arrival. I wasn’t home when the first delivery attempt was made and I rescheduled it for delivery the next day. I waited all day for this delivery, even staying home from an important class I was scheduled to attend, but it didn’t arrive. Finally the next day I found it in my mailbox (22 days after I had ordered it!!). When I tried to play it, it played fine (in Spanish), but there was no access to English subtitles. Statistics show that less than 16% of Americans are fluent in Spanish, so the re-seller was incorrect to say that this DVD was “USA Compatible,” So, now I’m stuck with a DVD that I can’t enjoy.