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mirrormack    122
has anyone else had trouble getting the gdmag (http://www.gdmag.com/homepage.htm)? i subscribed to it on the first days of january 2003 and i still haven''t recieved a single copy of the magazine, even though they charged my visa on 8-jan-2003... they don''t answer to my emails, so i guess the whole gdmag is just a hoax. i''ll be contacting the visa folks pretty soon...

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mirrormack    122
well, i''ve already waited for it for eight weeks... i''d really
love to get that magazine, so i''ll wait for two more weeks,
and i really hope they do send it to me.

it''s just that getting charged for the magazine and having to
wait for eight weeks without any status reports is something
that i don''t get in finland...

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S1CA    1418
I got mine via my IGDA membership subscription.

- My first issue took aaaaages to arrive (to the UK), but it did arrive.

- The most recent issue is the one to coincide with GDC and it seems to have arrived a lot later than the previous issues ever did so I reckon that''s where the delay for your first issue is. It only arrived in the last few days for me.

- Game Developer magazine is definately NOT a hoax, I can assure you of that

- I heard a statistic that the UK post office loses up to 1 million packages a day, I suspect other postal services are the same - ask your local postal service too - they may know where your magazine is

- Online forms on many US websites can''t cope with non-US addresses so when the package gets to your country part of the address is missing - for me this often means they miss off my postal code because the validation in the mailing software/form checking doesn''t recognise it as a US ZIP code.
In the UK at least, all of the automated mail sorting machines use the post code to sort - otherwise the mail has to be manually sorted (i.e. by humans)

- What some of the more major magazines like Game Developer do is send all of the copies for people in Europe to a single European distributor as freight, the distributor then sends them on locally.

- I''m a little curious: why did you order Game Developer directly - for me in the UK, IGDA membership (www.igda.org) was about the same price as a direct subscription AND includes an international Game Developer magazine subscription for free (as well as other benefits such as discounts off books and GDC).
If you go to edit your profile on this forum you''ll also get an IGDA membership discount code so can get it even more cheaply.

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mirrormack    122
quote:
Original post by S1CA
- I heard a statistic that the UK post office loses up to 1 million packages a day, I suspect other postal services are the same - ask your local postal service too - they may know where your magazine is



that's amazing! ;( i haven't seen such statistics about our
postal service, but as finland is much smaller than uk i
think the job should be easier here, and i haven't heard
that the post had lost any packages (and i know quite a few
people who order dvd's and games from the usa and uk, me
included) for years...

quote:

- Online forms on many US websites can't cope with non-US addresses so when the package gets to your country part of the address is missing - for me this often means they miss off my postal code because the validation in the mailing software/form checking doesn't recognise it as a US ZIP code.
In the UK at least, all of the automated mail sorting machines use the post code to sort - otherwise the mail has to be manually sorted (i.e. by humans)



i think the system here is much like in the uk, but here
missing a part of the address isn't such a big deal,
because there aren't many people in finland. i've recieved many
postcards from my friends with only my name and the region
as the address, because they didn't remember my address,
and still i got the cards.

it doesn't mean that the post couldn't lose some mail,
but i wouldn't suspect them first.

quote:

- What some of the more major magazines like Game Developer do is send all of the copies for people in Europe to a single European distributor as freight, the distributor then sends them on locally.



well, this could explain a lot...

quote:

- I'm a little curious: why did you order Game Developer directly - for me in the UK, IGDA membership (www.igda.org) was about the same price as a direct subscription AND includes an international Game Developer magazine subscription for free (as well as other benefits such as discounts off books and GDC).
If you go to edit your profile on this forum you'll also get an IGDA membership discount code so can get it even more cheaply.



ah, i just want to read the magazine. i think i checked
the igda site out before subscribing to the magazine,
but i guess the idga membership didn't seem that useful
to me at the time. or have you found it useful?

thanks for your comments!

[edited by - mirrormack on March 6, 2003 8:45:23 AM]

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mirrormack    122
quote:
Original post by mirrormack
i think the system here is much like in the uk, but here
missing a part of the address isn''t such a big deal,
because there aren''t many people in finland. i''ve recieved many
postcards from my friends with only my name and the region
as the address, because they didn''t remember my address,
and still i got the cards.



one funny sidenote: when i was a kid i exchanged a lot of
mail with my cousin. we always used funny names and exotic
packages and partial addresses and still the post managed
to deliver all the mails. few times the postal workers had
added angry notes to the mails, though.

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S1CA    1418
quote:
that''s amazing! ;( i haven''t seen such statistics about our postal service, but as finland is much smaller than uk i
think the job should be easier here, and i haven''t heard
that the post had lost any packages (and i know quite a few
people who order dvd''s and games from the usa and uk, me
included) for years...


Ooops - just did a bit of checking - I mis-remembered the statistic :

"half a million a week" is the correct figure:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2189734.stm
http://www.postwatch.co.uk/pdf/pressnews/12.8.02lostmail.pdf


quote:
i think the system here is much like in the uk, but here
missing a part of the address isn''t such a big deal,
because there aren''t many people in finland. i''ve recieved many
postcards from my friends with only my name and the region
as the address, because they didn''t remember my address,
and still i got the cards.


Packages with incorrect addresses still usually turn up - eventually, but it tends to mean they take up to twice as long to get there. The worst part is if someone misses off the start of the address such as the door number.

DVDs, books etc are usually sent a different way and usually require a signature from the recipient so get there much more often - though I have had one book from Amazon go missing (Amazon did have a replacement to me within 24 hours).


quote:

- What some of the more major magazines like Game Developer do is send all of the copies for people in Europe to a single European distributor as freight, the distributor then sends them on locally.

well, this could explain a lot...



I think the most recent issue I got came from France or Belgium


quote:
ah, i just want to read the magazine. i think i checked
the igda site out before subscribing to the magazine,
but i guess the idga membership didn''t seem that useful
to me at the time. or have you found it useful?


The way I looked at it was: about the same cost for EXTRA benefits. Also since I''m in the industry and IGDA do some good things to help, I''m happy to support them.

Although I didn''t get a chance to go this year, some of the discounts off conferences are useful. I''ll definately be taking advantage of the GDC Europe discount for example. I''ll also definately be ordering the proceedings from the main GDC happening at the moment.


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Creative Asylum Ltd
www.creative-asylum.com

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