I'm on the road at the moment. I'm still working remotely and half of my life is still located virtually in another country, but I'm physically moving around all over the place.
Due to some unwelcome circumstances I've found myself in a position where I need to purchase things from both my country of origin and from the country I'm currently in. What I've found is that certain sites make it highly difficult to accomplish this without wanting to seriously injure someone. Two examples are Beatport and Google Play, which cannot be viewed from another location without resorting to IP spoofing, proxies or VPN tunneling. For either of these sites changing language (English) or country (already set to my country of origin) has absolutely no effect.
I don't want to use these services to ship goods from overseas to my current location, but rather to purchase goods within the same region. I also want to do price comparisons.
Why is this made so difficult? Amazon and eBay have their .de, .com, .co.uk and other sites, and it works wonderfully. I can spoof thedailyshow.com using X-Forward-For from within my browser, but I can't perform perfectly legal tasks in Google or Beatport without resorting to shady alternatives, which - if you want quality and security - you have to pay extra for. I get the locale paradigm and why it's necessary. What I don't get is why it's implemented in the most annoying and juvenile way that directly impacts security*. It literally feels like it's making the world a smaller place.
This is not only silly - this is just plain stupid.
* In Steam I also don't get why titles that are known to not be available in my region for rights reasons even bother to show up there every now and then.