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EA will ban you for asking for a refund

Discussion in 'General Nonsense' started by RCoon, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. RCoon

    RCoon Gaming Moderator Staff Member

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    http://imgur.com/gallery/lAnTGEM

    Apparently customers dont have rights anymore. If their game is broke, and they tell you you're allowed a refund - You're not.
     
  2. qubit

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    There's no confirmation that this is real. It would be pretty stupid for EA to behave like this to a customer.
     
  3. radrok

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    While I agree with you let me say that EA hasn't been known to have made many right choices in the past :laugh:
     
  4. lilhasselhoffer

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    Official EA response is that this is untrue.
    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/122565-Amazon-Refuses-to-Sell-SimCity

    Amazon has refused to sell the game. There are multiple accounts of EA suggesting that pushing for a refund would result in customers losing their origin account. PR from the top not matching actual experience, did anyone not see this coming from EA?


    EA still claims that an unplayable game is not, in fact, defective goods according to their terms of sale. The paring down of features is just temporary. The online components will eventually be functional. Origin is in fact a direct competitor to steam, and that Valve treats their customers with the same "respect" as EA does.


    We don't have to worry any longer. EA is slowly slitting their wrists with respect to the average consumer. EA is removing EA dominance. What an irony.



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    Here's the deal; I hate EA's business practices. They do not deserve a defense, and Valve is no angel. The ongoing debacle with Sim City is a direct reminder that Origin is billed as a competitor to Steam, but it never acts as one. Steam removes games that are patently broken, and offers refunds to the consumers. Anyone remember the WarZ? How that broken POS was pulled from the store, and then Valve offered refunds to any customer who wanted them.

    EA has the same opportunity. They have to deal with physical inventory, but that's no excuse. EA could actively tell consumers that there is a problem, and offer refunds. They get the appropriate patches, and re-release the game once they actually know it will work. They aren't doing this.

    Valve turns a PR disaster into a shining example of how to support your customers. EA has the exact same situation, but is penalizing their customers. I can think of no better short hand for the difference in corporate ethos. EA, what the hell happened to you? You're making Activision and Uplay seem like reasonable responses.
     
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  5. radrok

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    Agreed.

    I stopped bothering with them when they launched Origin, what a POS platform man.
     
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    It's sad though because EA does make fun games. I've enjoyed many EA titles, heck just look at EA Sports's popularity.

    I was really looking forward to SimCity. It's a beautiful game that reminds me of the times I played it back in the 90's.
     
  7. silkstone

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    Waits for press release blaming the problems on piracy in 5...4...3......
     
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    I have chated with EA customer support and this is completely believable. They do not have customer-centric policies and they haven't for over a decade. The solution is simple: buy the retail version from a retailer with a good return policy and don't buy directly from EA. If you have a physical product to return, your bargaining position is much stronger due to consumer protection laws.

    However, I am very certain the customer service rep "misspoke" about the "ban" bit. That's probably what pissed people off the most and I can't see that statement being true.
     
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    From a corporation point of view it looks like Origin customer support is outsourced.
    Don't feel cheated its just how it is nowday's. Company you talked to has strict deals how to do and process stuff for EA and until they get any other instructions they won't do nothing - thats what the Agent said POLICY. EA just bought a little time to fix the issues with PR crap. Sit back and relax they will sort it out and move along...
     
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    STEAM is not better ...
     
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    at least steam wont ban you for asking for refunds.

    I have personally asked for refunds a few times from steam and they have always given it to me.

    There are a few TPU members who got refunds for CoD:MW2 off steam as the game was just terrible at launch, totally infested with hackers and aimbotters due to the removal of dedicated servers.

    I rarely will ask for a refund but there are games which seem like they might be ok at first but end up being the smelly brown mess you scrape off the bottom of your shoe after a long walk in a public park.
     
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    I think most people consider steam to be much, much better.
     
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    They refunded pre-orders and they refunded people Warz, due to alleged false advertisement.

    Steam is better.
     
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    Ok, thanks for your replies :) I didn't have a good experience with Steam so that's my opinion; I agree that most people are happy with it.
     
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    Nexuiz. I begrudge the lousy £7 I spent on it. Looks great, plays crap.
     
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    I have to agree when I bought sword of the stars 2(nearly 100% broken on release) I asked steam for a refund and they apologized and gave me the refund.
     
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    Now if only they would allow us to backup our games without any DRM and play offline....
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Hmm. I have received refunds from EA via Origin on more than one occasion.
     
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    Maybe because they know you are CaDaveCa of TPU, and they dont like to f**k with TPU'rs
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Actually, it's probably because I know to be very civil in my conversing with them. If you are rude and swearing, sure, you're gonna get banned, and as soon as I hear about something like this, I know that's what happened.. somebody tried to get a refund, was refused, got rude, and then got banned. Trying to get the refund probably isn't why they got banned.
     
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    This is BS. I chatted with EA about not being to add Dead Space 1 to Origin when I owe a physical copy. They not only showed me the strange stuff you have to do to "de-authorize" my original install to add to Origin, they gave me $10 off my next purchase for the frustration.

    EA are douches for a number of reasons, but customer service doesn't seem to be the issue.
     
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    A discount is common no matter the reason why you contacted them. They're trying to drum up business on Origin.

    A full refund from EA? I've haven't heard of that happening on Origin.
     
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    Always on DRM just promotes piracy in my eyes. I buy software fairly regularly, but if the DRM is overly intrusive I would rather get a cracked version.

    The problems people are experiencing with the game are a direct result of shoddy implemented DRM and it appears EA do not wish to accept that.
    (That there is a real problem and people deserve their money back for buying a different experience from the one advertised)
     
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    i know, DRM is ok if done right (STEAM STYLE) but having to be online all the freaking time is evil, think about those that has unstable connections? (i myself drop out sometimes too)
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Pretty easy on pre-orders and freshly launched titles. call within 24 hours of launch or purchase, it's not big deal. It also depends on your region, too, as different regions have different laws about refunds. It's actually easier to get a refund from Origin than it is from STEAM, let me tell you.
     

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