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Booster Pack, can't buy it.

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Mehelenya, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Mehelenya

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    Hello

    I have read today the News : Mythic Entertainment | Ultima Online - Play the 14-Day Free Trial! about the High Seas Booster Pack. So i thought i check how much it costs ect. and went to the first Page, named on UOHerald.com. I searched on EA Store (US) Online Store - Welcome just to find out that they sell only Stygian Abyss Expansion Code and nothing more. After that i went to http://uogamecodes.com/, just to find out that ONLY Creadit Card Users can purchase the Booster Pack. I pay UO per Pay by Cash and i am pretty sure that many other UO Players pays UO on the same way. The only Items i can buy, per Pay by Cash are :

    Ultima Online 30 Day Game Time Code
    Ultima Online 90 Day Game Time Code
    Ultima Online 180 Day Game Time Code
    Stygian Abyss Expansion Code
    Stygian Abyss Code + 30 Day Game Time
    Age of Shadows Buddy Registration Code
    Advanced Character Token
    Character Transfer Code
    6th Character Slot Code
    8th Anniversary Item Code
    8th Annicersary Item Bundle
    Character Gender Change
    Character Name Change
    Character Gender Change & Character Name Change

    So why of the Hell, can't we get all Items per Pay by Cash? Here in Germany is not 1 Shop that sells the Booster Pack, so right now there is no way to get the Booster Pack, without Credit Card. It's a shame that EA can't make it only one damn time right.
     
  2. Cal_Mythic

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    Hmmm PayByCash is an option for the Gamecodes store.
    I will add this to the questions I've sent to the vendor.

    - C
     
  3. Balinor of Pk?

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    When I trued to buy a code it said my account wasn't old enough (must be 30 days) which it most definately is.
     
  4. Mapper

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    Accounts seem to be flagged this if the password has been changed within 30 days or are inactive (Just my experience).
     
  5. Balinor of Pk?

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    The password hasn't been changed in 30 days either. It's been my experience that patch day at EA is a mind numbingly annoying thing that usually results in client reinstalls and tons of updates because of rushed production. Thanks for your input tho.
     
  6. Cal_Mythic

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    The 30 day limit is stated on the UOGamecodes store.
    However, I have put in a request to the vendor to see what can be done.
    He may very well come back with it is a hard limit that can not be changed.
     
  7. Balinor of Pk?

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    My... account... is... older... than... 30... days... in case you didn't read into that last post... And I haven't changed the password in ages. It's at least 4 years... maybe 5 on that account. I ride 3 year ethys on it... so it's way older than 30 days.
     
  8. Aurelius

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    Perhaps you should refer them on to John Riccitiello, since as head of EA he was VERY keen on stressing that online microtransactions were the way of the future when explaining to shareholders how the organisation will recover from slowing profits.

    Surely the oldest online game in the EA stables should have the best online shopping profile and support....
     
  9. MalagAste

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    But have you bought anything from there in the last 30 days?
     
  10. vwrmic

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    What do us guys do who can't purchase from UOGameCodes.com?

    I've never been able to use that site, whenever I put my card details in I always get:

    A problem was encountered while processing your order:
    There was a problem encountered while processing your order.
    If you continue to have problems, you can order Ultima Online products over the phone.
    Please call 1-866-543-5435 and press option 7 to speak with a sales representative.
    Edit Billing and Payment Information
    Processor Error #31

    Firstly I am in the UK (I did select the outside US part) so the cost of ringing that number will probably end up costing more than the booster pack. Secondly, I remember this happened back when I wanted to buy Stygian Abyss and in the end I had to use the EA Store which worked perfectly with exactly the same details. So it looks like you guys won't be getting my money, as much as I wanted to give it. :(

    Just tried again and got the same problem.

    Considering this is EA, why isn't it on the EA store?
     
  11. Siteswap

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    I have had all of those problems too. I cannot use the site, through no fault of my own.

    You'd think EA would be capable of running an online store ... its not exactly cutting technology these days. Yet more EA incompetence.
     
  12. Aurelius

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    Because EA, as a huge conglomerate, is split into lots of tiny little units that don't work with each other, respond to other sections inside the corporation, or act in the interests of their customers - because when you are a big enough corporation you lose sight of the whole point of your business because you concentrate on internal bureaucracies and 'efficiencies' instead of worrying about the 'little stuff' like letting people pay you in a sensible or convenient to them way to them.

    For evidence, just see the entire laughable history of UO 'marketing', it's total absence on regional EA websites, failed shipping to the rest of the world for expansions, lousy quality gamecodes website......
     
  13. Vor

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    I've had this exact same issue for years as well. It's why I didn't (read COULDN'T) upgrade to SA and it looks like the same thing is about to happen with High Seas. So annoyed.
     
  14. Cal_Mythic

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    The Booster is on the EA Store. (See Link Below)
    Ultima Online
     
  15. Vor

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    As a UK customer I'm redirected to the UK store, which doesn't have the booster pack. At least not when I search for Ultima Online. Though it does have SA. Any idea when it will have High Seas?
     
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    Not on the store I can see from the UK it isn't.... at least not if I use the search facility there for the term "Ultima Online". SA is, not High Seas .
     
  17. Mapper

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    If your in the UK this redirects to the UK EA Store homepage, Searching UO comes up with SA only.
     
  18. vwrmic

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    Sorry to say it Cal but I stated in my post that I am in the UK, it is NOT on the UK EA store. :(

    Oh and as a future tip, all problems would be solved if you allowed people to pay by PayPal.
     
  19. Aurelius

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    One of the reasons I say EA is a mess of unconnected bits that don't work as a whole - try using the EA UK site to check for Ultima Online, you get told two product exist - Lords Of Ultima and Samurai Empire...

    Search Games - Video Game Search - EA Games

    Describes Samurai Empire as "Discover an empire in the newest expansion pack to the worldwide phenomenon Ultima Online™."

    Newest, eh?
     
  20. Hildebrand

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    If you go to ea.com and search for ultima, there's the SA but no HSA booster. Why do we have to use the super secret link to get to it?

    BTW, what is Lord of Ultima?? lol
     
  21. vwrmic

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    Bump back to top.

    Lords of Ultima is some sort of web based facebook game if I'm not mistaken. Nothing like UO though.
     
  22. Aurelius

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    Wiki - Lord of Ultima, EA's Free Browser MMORTS

    "Lord of Ultima is a 2D isometric MMO strategy game similar to the ‘Settlers’ series. It follows the Ultima games featuring some references as the ‘Trinsic Temple’ structure and the ‘Moonglow Tower’. It is completely unrelated in terms of gameplay, but it is a new part of the Ultima universe."

    Uses the Ultima name and has really nothing at all in common with it on any other level....
     
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    Ah ok. Thanks

    *waits staring at inbox hoping EA will reply to trouble ticket as to where the game code went*

    Do you get your game code emailed? Cause I lost the screen where it flashed if for a second. :sad2:
     
  24. Heartseeker

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    I did but got no code.

    I also bought that pen that makes rune books, and also no code.

    Never had this kind of problem before when I bought things.

    I hope I can get my code e-mailed in the sometime near future, because this sux.:sad3:
     
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    Ok here's the scoop. If you use EAstore.com you can go in and up on top there's a link for Customer Service. In there, you can see your Order History, and then find the game code. Thanks to EA's automated canned response.

    Too bad the uo account management site is bogged down. I guess millions of people are rushing to apply the code. I keep losing connection.
     
  26. canary

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    You know, you'd think Cal would have had some foresight to ensure something like this didn't happen. There have been issues with this site (uogamecodes) FOREVER.
     
  27. Heartseeker

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    Agreed.

    I just can't for the life of me, figure out how they actually can get away with, running a site like that. :confused:
     
  28. Petra Fyde

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    Somebody did - or at least tried to.
    I haven't tried buying mine yet. Has anyone else bought more than one code?
     
  29. Viquire

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    what they should or could have done is offer a multi purchase bundle w slight discount.

    Sorry to say, I'm glad I am waiting out this particular rush.

    Heck, I only have about 15 more suits to make until I'm halfway done fitting out 2/3 of the shards I play with imbued suits. :/
     
  30. Siteswap

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    Foresight is never anything you could accuse Cal, or any of his predecessors for that matter, of having. Thats why UO is the mess it is.
     
  31. Cal_Mythic

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    Please drop me a PM ... will be looking for it ...
     
  32. vwrmic

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    Cal, what about those of us that can't buy it? We have money here for you...

    I got a PM earlier that says:

    So is "ERROR 31" Stolen card? Considering I have never bought anything off the uogamecodes store for this exact error, and I've never had my account/card hacked/stolen, what gives? Seems it is your side because I remember when I wanted to get Stygian Abyss, I tried 5 times to buy it and got that error, then I tried the EA store and got it first time without any problems.
     
  33. Aurelius

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    Unlikely. As far as I know the fairly standard EFT ( the Wiki explaining those is here) transaction codes suggest

    31 = Card issuer or merchant's bank not supported

    I still reckon it's a foulup in the way the Gamecodes system is reading response data from our card issuer.
     
  34. Luvmylace

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    Perhaps some can relate to this but I had that problem frustratingly for a year.
    It seems somewhere along the way I lost my card got a new one and forgot to change the info. Then I was so used to those numbers,that I used it on the uostore by accident
    when I did that it popped up as stolen and that put me out of ever shopping on the website . It marked my email and acct as stolen. When this happens
    you are done with ever using that again unless some one intervenes .SO message Cal Mythic that that has happened to you and see if he can fix it, because
    they will never tell you ERROR 31 IS STOLEN CARD
     
  35. Aurelius

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    My card has not been stolen. The details have not been changed at all, ever. I used it ten minutes ago on a different online site to buy a book, without any difficulty.

    The problem is UOGamecodes web site.
     
  36. Luvmylace

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    Exactly ,But it is the vendor for the site that is the problem
     
  37. Deb

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    I was able to buy 2 codes from uogamecodes. Had no problems at all,
    but I use Firefox with that site as I always had problems with IE.
     
  38. Aurelius

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    Still the same problem this morning, UOGamecodes site still won't accept the same card details it was happy with on 18th September and for months before that....

    So Cal - able to explain yet why it is customers can't even pay EA money now?

    It's painfully clear to everyone but the people who run the site that the issues are down to the Gamecodes site. The card used to work there, worked fine buying from Amazon about 9 hours ago so it isn't blocked in any way, and all that has changed since it was last used at Gamecodes on 18 Sept (and before then on 8 September, 11 August, 22 June, loads of transactions going back to the start of the year) was the 'updating' of the Gamecodes site.

    I've even checked with my bank, and they tell me nothing has been altered about the way their systems transfer data for online purchases.... how much clearer can it be that a site meant to be supporting and collecting revenue for your game is failing you so badly and yet is able to carry on losing EA money? And why is it being allowed to get away with it?
     
  39. Babble

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    Try mailing support that the uocodes page is not working for you and if you could order it with email from them.
    If you find the right support person, they will help.
     
  40. Heartseeker

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    Sad but true.

    On the plus side, at least you weren't charged like me and still nothing to show for it.rolleyes:
     
  41. Aurelius

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    I mailed support - the first part of the question I sent was :

    "Yet again there are problems with UOGameCodes.com - this time ordering the latest expansion, 'High Seas'. Apparently my credit card is being refused, supposedly because the address and zip code do not match those registered with the card."

    Their answer to that?

    "Greetings,

    Thank you for writing us at Electronic Arts.

    Let me informed you that Ultima online servers would be down for the release of Ultima Online: High Seas booster and other updates. Expected shards down time is 3 hours. So please try after some time back."

    So there you go - lousy English from someone too idle or uninformed to read and understand what the issue was....

    I appreciate you mean to help - but seriously, this has already gone way too far. It's not up to customers to find a way around the screwups created by EA. We put up with it far too often, and I'm now completely sick of it. Something that is not complicated worked perfectly well - EA 'improved' it and screwed it up. It's down to them to, for once, sort out their own mess - or just do without the money they should be making.

    I'm less inclined than ever now to even log in to UO, the sheer arrogance and incompetence of the company takes the whole fun part out of it. If they can't sort this mess out, it also means that I won't be able to buy game time from their website either - and if that becomes the case, I'll take the hint that my custom really isn't worth the effort of having.
     
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    I got the exactly same response from the support.ea.com team because I wrote them I would like to order my codes via support.ea.com (worked last time with UO:SA, because I wasn't able to buy it via online shops also). I get error #31 too, every time, and I tried to order it with IE/Firefox and Visa/MasterCard combinations (I'm located in Europe).

    This time this... silly answer. Ordering codes really got anything to do with a server publish?! Come on... I would buy codes for 100$ but I won't put in wrong information just to be able to order codes from a website!

    Too bad it doesn't work now, as I mailed with you, Calvin Crowner, before here on Stratics, exactly because of that problem... :( *sighs&shrugs*
     
  43. Babble

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    Just argue with them, sooner or later they see the light.
    Are probably some indian CS people.

    In UO a creditcard is not enough, you need luck and determination to be able to pay for a buggy release.

    At least in that part they are like an indie company.
    :p
     
  44. Aurelius

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    Since busting UOGamecodes also takes away the place I use to buy game time, it's not just being able to pay for the buggy expansion that's about to become an issue...

    Still, given the way customers are treated, I'm finding less and less enthusiasm to even log in and play, since mainly now UO is being associated with constant hassles, hopeless 'customer support' and endless technical problems in and out of the game. Maybe not being able to get gametime simply either will be the push I need to give it up.
     
  45. Vor

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    Any progress on this Cal?
     
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    I tried again with a MasterCard owned by a family member and still the same error.

    So, that's:

    1 Visa Debit Card
    1 Visa Credit Card
    1 MasterCard Credit Card

    *sighs*
     
  47. Babble

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    did you try different browsers too?
    Firefox or Chrome?
     
  48. Vor

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    Yeap. I always use Firefox anyway. But I tried Chrome and even IE.
     
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    Still no updates, or even alternative ways to buy for people not able to use the EA US site?
     
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    I can't even renew my account at the moment. Their web presence is a disgrace.