The Blizzard Authenticators are back in stock, at least as of last night.
Prices for the Authenticator as listed in the Blizzard store are unchanged. $6.50 each, able to purchase more than one (but you can associate multiple accounts with one Authenticator if you want to), all nice and smooth.
Purchased from the store for delivery in the United States, free shipping is standard… you just get charged sales tax. Sales tax for an order of two is .88 cents.
You can also purchase them from the store for delivery in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, or Uruguay. The price per unit is unchanged, $6.50 each.
The shipping, however. The shipping is not free.
I have heard reports from friends that shipping costs for the Authenticator to countries overseas are staggering.
Our friend and guildie Dangirl, for example, tried to order one for delivery to Australia, and says the shipping charges came to an astounding $77.
By way of comparison, she says that for her to ship an item airmail from Australia to Blizzards’ offices would cost her $10. So, as you can imagine, she passed on that opportunity.
Now, call me a rebel if you wish, but I’m personally trying to help how I can by offering to purchase them for my overseas guildies so long as they are in stock in the US store, and when I get them I’ll mail them direct myself. I think I can beat $77. Call me crazy, but I imagine a padded envelope from Minnesota, USA to Australia ain’t gonna set me back $77.
Since they are for use on the same US servers, and they are not tied to an account or name at the time of ordering (like Blizzcon tickets are), this should not present any kind of problem.
However, I just wanted to give you a heads up that if your guild is in the same situation, where you have friends that are overseas that would really like one but don’t want to spend that kind of cash in shipping costs, I’ll be letting you know if we experience any problems at all in getting Dangirl her Authenticators and getting them set to her account.
Thank you to the kindly heads up on the Authenticator restock to Lenaiya of Earthen Ring! Much obliged!