OKAY now that I'm not all up in here on a cell phone trying to read and sound intelligent I'm gonna give this a go.
First of all: hi, everyone. Hi EF staff members. Hi indignant members. Sorry I'm late; you all know I like making a splashy entrance but this is a bit excessive for me.
Anyway... This post is going to be long so if you're in a rush, the summary is the last paragraph.
I've raised the idea of an Eden point bank (see Amazon, for what I mean) where you 'cash in' your codes and it remembers them and applies them to your order like a million times, and it's a really good idea. The awesome part about this is that it lets you choose if you'd like to utilize your points or pay by cash/etc. on a specific order. That's one option. (A really awesome option.)
I think that 'locking' points to one account is kind of tricksy and kind of a bad idea. Here's why: I want to give my good friend Wallawallabingbang (not a real person) a giftcard to here because I'm really nice and kind of kinky. I can no longer give her my earned points because they are ~*locked*~ to me. And, as much as I like Wallawallabingbang, I don't want to give her my hard earned money cuz, you know, I got billz. An option for people like me and Wallawalla (as well as our international friends) to create giftcards out of our points, with it being on record with the Admin so they can track it and make sure neither Wallawalla nor I are shady ladies would be nice.
While I understand that this is a lot of money in, what is effectively, stolen merchandise, I'm really surprised you'd call it the rule, rather than the exception. I'm going to be completely and totally honest, here: I've logged over $700 in points, since it (and I) became active. Would I call myself a point farmer? Well, I mean, I'd be rather offended if someone were to label me that, since I do put a lot of work into all of my endeavors on this site, forum posts, reviews and comments alike. So that's proof positive that it CAN be done if you're willing to spend a LOT of time on the site. Even so, if this is the rule, rather than the exception, clearly there need to be a significant number of changes to prevent the abuse that we are seeing here.
That being said, y'all: this is a business, and you have the right to refuse anyone's business you choose. If someone is abusing the system, you are well within your rights to decline the sale to them. Just keep that in mind. And to the other y'all (the ones that DON'T work for EF): while I understand we all put a lot of work into earning our points, this is, essentially, a customer loyalty program: and they DO have the right to change, modify or ELIMINATE this program whenever they feel like it. They aren't doing any of those things, they're just trying to make so they don't get the end of the stick where they lose lots of money.
Annyywayyy, the synopsis of this post is that I'm not gonna get my panties all twisted because they keep reassuring us that this is all ~*temporary*~ and this way I'll have plenty of panty left to twist if there's a revolution or whatever tomorrow.