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#225783 5-Dec-2017 16:36
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Until recently I have often used the LivingSocial USA website to buy gifts for family living in the US.  Now when I try to access the site it is hijacked by TreatMe who say they have taken over.  They haven't, of course, they have just secured the Australasian rights, but they still block access to LivingSocial anywhere else.  I have tried asking them to do something about it and the response is "It's not us, it's them, contact them" but I can't because they block access. 


Any suggestions?


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  #1913429 5-Dec-2017 16:38
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Use a VPN like Tunnelbear to shift your location to US

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  #1913450 5-Dec-2017 17:10
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Try contacting here?


TreatMe were purchased by Aussie Commerce I believe who renamed themselves to LuxGroup, who is now their mother company I guess. Might have better luck there?


VPN would probably be easiest though I don't expect they'd change their configuration very fast if they've gone out of their way to block non-US users.


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  #1913540 5-Dec-2017 20:32
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Many thanks for both suggestions!

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  #1915523 9-Dec-2017 00:29
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I'm not entirely sure these localised redirects are always supposed to break things completely, they're often just poorly designed. In this case, I presume TreatMe doesn't mind if you buy Living Social stuff for people in the US, they just want you to be redirected to whatever they serve for local stuff. Gizmodo group of companies for a long while had a slightly similar problem where you'd end up at the AU site and not the actual story you wanted to see. They seem to have finally fixed it so although you still end up at the AU site, the story works. This won't quite work for the Living Social case, but I wouldn't be surprised if they would be willing to do something if they could.

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  #1915538 9-Dec-2017 08:03
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Gizmodo doesnt work if the story isnt on the AU site. I have basically just blocked the word on twitter because I was sick of unviewable without a VPN stuff and it was making me frustrated.


Forced geo redirects are BS and need to die.


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  #1915540 9-Dec-2017 08:08
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richms: Forced geo redirects are BS and need to die.


I agree. I don't mind having an option, but a forced redirect is basically the system refusing to do what you tell it. If you say "go to site A" and it goes to site B instead, how is that not a bug?

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