ShopTo.net stops delivering to South Africa

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Apparently ShopTo.net has started refusing to sign up new clients in South Africa.

According to a post on the local PS3ZA forum when you try to sign up now you will received an email that states

“Unfortunately we have had to remove South Africa from our list of shipping destinations, due to the majority not reaching their destination. Sorry we’re not able to do business at this time, hopefully the situation will improve in the future and we’ll be able to start shipping there again.
Regards,
ShopTo Support”

Now while I am sure the local retailers and distributors are over the moon about this but lets not be silly and start pointing fingers at them, they obviously have nothing to do with this.

The finger should be pointed directly at all the local gamers who have taken ShopTo for a ride by claiming their packages have been lost when there has been a delay and then not returning the original package when it does arrive.

You have heard people say things like “Who will it hurt” and “They are insured” before and now you know the answer. It hurts everyone else and now the majority of local gamers have to pay for your greed.

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What I would like to know is whether or not you have ordered a game from ShopTo.net that never arrived? I know about the SK debacle that has now been cleared up but I haven’t heard of anyone else’s parcels going missing.

Last Updated: April 15, 2009

Gavin Mannion

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  • Krypty

    I ordered on Sunday from them regarding the easter specials and my package was sent yesterday from them with the normal tracking number.

  • Maxwills

    Nice well done guys who kept their games! Greed greed greed

  • WERR135 ZA

    I ordered my SFIV from them and it got lost in 03/2009. I filled out the lost parcel claims for and asked for a new copy to be shipped to me. +- 3 to 4 weeks later I received my replacement copy. This one that went missing…well it still hasn’t arrived!!!

    After that I ordered Prince of Persia and received it +- 3 weeks after dispatched with Royal Mail.

    My question to shopto is… will they pay out the credit left in my top up account!!!

  • WERR135 ZA

    O this sucks…I’m not buying games locally for R799!!! That’s insane!!!

  • I also have a friend that ordered a PSP game from Shopto this morning (after reading the post on the PS3ZA forum) to test what happens and the order went through… will have to see whether they cancel the order or actually process it.

  • WERR135 ZA

    I have spoken to them a month ago to find out if they still shipping and the salesman assured me that they are.

    Royal Mail is to blame for this IMO.

  • Shodan

    Got the reference number just now and the tracking number form Royal mail so its on the way! 😆

  • Kale

    I have 2 parcels that have been shipped to the wrong destinations, filled out the lost parcel claim forms and haven’t heard anything from them.
    This sucks.
    Why do we always get screwed over in SA.

  • Jarrod

    This sucks, I was planning on buying more games from them next month. :angel:

    I bought SF4 from them for R465, compared to SA shops raping at +/-R700 :devil:

  • Kale

    Lazy if you or anyone else knows people that would try rip off shop to I hope these people or you call them out, or put there name up on a site so we can find them and smash their faces in with a baseball bat.

  • Brett

    I have ordered about 7 games from shopto in the last few months. I haven’t had one go missing. Maybe I’m just lucky.
    I guess I’ll go back to dvdcrave then (not as good prices but still cheaper than here).

  • Chase

    really crappy news no more cheapies 🙁 :angel:

  • 0rk0

    What I want to know is how much Megarom and the rest paid you to put this article out….?

    All my parcels arrived, non lost, but I don’t doubt it for a second that there are lots of people out there who did actually lose their parcels. SAPO and customs might also be to blame in some cases…

    But go ahead and blame your readers, since it’s obviously us. :getlost:

  • Eben

    I have ordered a few products from Shopto with great success. I am just happy that I am still a registered customer with them.

    I will continue to order from them, as I think their service have been great.

    NO LOST PARCELS :biggrin:

  • Which is the main reason why they haven’t been named and shamed yet 😉

  • say what? If you must know it started with a PM from a user on the PS3 forum and the accusations are flying all over the PS3ZA forums that I linked to.

    I am pointing the finger at the local gamers who have knowingly ripped ShopTo off, not the hard working honest readers of Lazygamer 🙂

  • WERR135 ZA

    Yeah saw SFIV in Look and Listen the other day for R799!!!

  • Brett

    Sorry to tell you but I just checked and got a nice “Delivery option / Country code not available.” when trying to add something to my cart and when trying to check out.

    sucks 🙁

  • WERR135 ZA

    Squeeze me also placed an order just 5 minutes ago and went smoothly no problemo’s!!! 🙂

  • Shodan

    It seems that existing users can still order, they dont allow new customers from SA

  • 0rk0

    Define local..? I take it you mean that as SA local.
    Because we are all crimals and can’t be trusted?…that’s why you are sitting in Australia…isn’t it? 😉

    Don’t be so quick to pass judgement…we as local SA residents are tired of negativity.
    And I know about the PS3 forum, I’m not the lazy one :tongue:

    Don’t take my comments too personally, I just like to point out the otherside of the coin.

  • RSA-Ace

    geez dude relax…

    lazy was only pointing fingers to the local people that ripped shop to off by saying the package was lost. he did not say that all local people or some local people, just the asshole local people.

    Don’t be so quick to pass judgement…

  • South African gaming site therefore local means SA… and no I am in Oz because I received a good offer for my fulltime job and took it but it was a mistake.

    We all make them 😉

    I am possibly the most positive person about SA that you know so don’t be so quick to pass judgement :tongue:

    I called the locals out on purpose…

  • Brett

    I have been a customer since November last year 🙁

  • Shodan

    Then you should still be able to order from them.

  • WERR135 ZA

    Ok just got confirmation from shopto

    Hi Werner,

    Unfortunately this is the case, we are no longer accepting new customers from South Africa due to the majority not reaching their destination. It’s with great regret that we’re having to take this action but as most items don’t arrive it’s just not viable for us to ship to SA anymore.

    Regards,

    ShopTo Support

  • RogueOne

    There are some crazy-hot specials at evogames (local)
    http://www.evogames.co.za
    Im probably getting the Tiget Woods 09 @ R300 !

  • Does this mean that they still ship to previous customers? Reason I’m asking is, 2 people above have already commented that there games are currently shipping (one person order his yesterday).

  • WERR135 ZA

    Not too sure and they still can’t give me any answers on that, still waiting for their reply.

  • I have asked them the same question and am still waiting… they have confirmed that they are no longer shipping to SA..

    I have also asked for confirmation as to what will happen with the customers who have a credit with them

  • 0rk0

    I wasn’t passing judgement, only rattling the cage a bit…hahaha
    There is always more than one side to a story…

    Once again, don’t take my comments too personal.

    Agree with you on the abusing of something that was good, talk about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs,
    but sure more than one guilty party contributed to this decision.

    Enjoy reading your site although I don’t always agree :biggrin:

  • 0rk0

    I wasn’t passing judgement, only rattling the cage a bit…hahaha
    There is always more than one side to a story…

    Once again, don’t take my comments too personal.

    Agree with you on the abusing of something that was good, talk about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs,
    but sure more than one guilty party contributed to the situation.

    Enjoy reading your site although I don’t always agree :biggrin:

  • 0rk0

    Sorry, this post wasn’t meant to be here, it claimed to have failed, so I posted again above…hahaha

  • Alex

    OK, there is probably some truth in people making fraudulent claims of missing parcels. But We cannot deny that a lot of stuff does get lost in our local postal system. I work for a large courier company and I know how much stuff we are losing and how we struggle with theft. Does anyone really think that SAPO is without blame here?

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