So as mentioned here before, I’m in the process of moving. As a result I wanted to get my MattyCollector information up to date because I know that Digital River is known for making mistakes. First, it’s a real pain to even find a spot to change your information on the website, but alas, that’s a rant for another day. In order to test things out I put in a Voltron Subscription into the cart. I have been considering a Club Lion Force subscription anyway…
This is supposed to be the cheapest subscription at $15, but Digital River actually has it set up where it’s the MOST expensive. Your credit card will be charged a whopping $75 to join the subscription. You can imagine my surprise that more people haven’t spoke out about this. Earlier this week, “Matty” tried to clarify that this was only a pre-authorization.
The problem with a pre-authorization is that your credit card is technically charged this amount and the money is put into a virtual holding. It doesn’t matter that in a couple of days the money is put back, because at the time you click “order” you have to have $75 in your account. If you ordered all four subscription clubs, you’d need nearly $250 in your account to be pre-authorized.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t have $250 to be held up for several days. I find this very frustrating. I understand being charged shipping (to an extent) but I don’t really understand why I have to pre-authorize a figure that I won’t be purchasing for a year. It’s particularly bad for the Voltron line because I have to pre-authorize not one, but TWO additional figures.
Am I nuts or is this just ridiculous? Why can’t Mattel just simply charge the price of the freaking subscription? Why must I pre-authorize so much extra stuff ahead of time? Why does Mattel/DR need to tie up so much of my money? It’s silly to have $75 tied up for a $15 purchase. If this doesn’t get worked out soon, I’m likely going to skip all the subscriptions this year. I’m working on a tight budget and I have too many real items from SDCC that I want to purchase to have Mattel farting around with $250 additional dollars for what amounts to a $95 dollar purchase.