How to Buy Restricted Goods (And Get Lower Prices)

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by Brian Brushwood & Jason Murphy

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to watch a YouTube video, only to find out that: “This video is not available in your country.” What the ... this is the internet, dammit! Shouldn’t literally every single thing ever be available to us whenever we want? If that’s not the case, we’re totally returning those AOL CDs and canceling our account, because it’s all worthless.

As it turns out, no, you can’t just get anything you want. Some websites restrict or outright block the purchase of their goods and services based on the region or country you’re in. That kind of seems like a weird-ass thing to have as part of your business model -- if you have something for sale and someone wants to give you money for it, why wouldn’t you just sell it to them?

We’re sure there are complicated reasons that go beyond our ability or desire to understand restrictions on international business transactions. Instead, what we really want to know is how to get around those restrictions. And you totally can, with a little know-how and the help of some third-party services.

We enlisted the help of Shannon Morse, who guides us through the process of securing the commodities we crave that would otherwise be unavailable to us. Sure, it involves a bit of trickery, and that’s why we love the hell out of it.


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