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Target To Sell Facebook "Credits" As Gift Cards 96

Julie188 writes "Target will begin selling Facebook's virtual currency as gift cards on September 5, becoming the first brick-and-mortar retailer to do so. Facebook Credit gift cards will be available in $15, $25 and $50 denominations at the retailer's 1,750 stores. That's right, you can now spend real dollars to get fake ones so you can buy imaginary items for games like FarmVille, Bejeweled and 150 other FB games or apps. If that interests you, please contact me. I have some swamp land in Florida I'd like to show you."
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Target To Sell Facebook "Credits" As Gift Cards

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  • They already do... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Manip ( 656104 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @02:55AM (#33446440)
    Target already sell Farmville and Mafia Wars credit in individual cards and have for almost a year. The only difference here is that it is a general Facebook card so you can use it across all of the games (and Facebook get a much bigger cut). I don't play these games but I find it funny how hypocritical most gamers are about them, it is fine if you buy DLC for that retail game you spent 50 hours playing, but if someone buys virtual credit to buy DLC in Farmville they're just insane!

    It is obviously just a lame bias against games that are Flash based (instead of C++) and have minimalistic graphics (like every game had fifteen years ago?).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 02, 2010 @06:19AM (#33447248)

    My company has had some real problems with absenteeism due to Farmville and other social networking applications. When we blocked them at our firewall, we saw a mysterious rise in people electing to "work at home," and others taking long lunches and even going so far as to bring in their personal laptops with a cellular modem (not realizing that the point of blocking them was not necessarily network security).

    We even had to let some people go a while back when we sent them to a client site and the (angry) client reported back that they had been playing Farmville during a series of important meetings.

    It's frustrating to think it, but I have to wonder if we'd be in a better recovery if so much productivity were not lost to these distractions.

  • by ZaSz-RH ( 923115 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @08:38AM (#33448108)

    There was a criminology teacher that wanted to create a program that gives free XBoxes to low revenue families, so that they play XBox instead of wandering outside looking for not that good things to do.
    Seemed like a good idea to me.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?