Just wondering if someone could help me with this. I live in South Africa where it can be difficult to find certain PC-gaming titles. This forces me to order stuff online, but ordering software from one of the big sites like Gamestop is prohibitively expensive because of the shipping rates to South Africa (about $60.00 for software).
If you have broadband Internet access and a credit card, you might look around for downloadable games. There are some here: http://www.fileplanet.com/try_and_buy/, and I’m sure there are others. And there’s Steam (http://www.steampowered.com/), which it looks like Valve will use to digitally distribute their games. The idea is that you download the game and then pay for a key that unlocks the whole thing. Not the best selection, but there are a few good ones to be found.
Just before the dot-com crash Amazon had some advanced plans on opening a Dutch Amazon branch, and when the internet exploded these plans were abandoned. amazon.nl is probably just a leftover from this. It’s cheaper to order from amazon.com anyway.