FAIL #1: Website denies existence of products, broken cookie-“cleverness”
Canon recently (last few months) launched a new “prosumer” DSLR – the EOS 550D, a.k.a. Rebel T2i (because Americans need to feel “cool” and “rebellious”, apparently. Hmm. Marketing fail there too, perhaps?).
According to Canon’s website, this does not exist. Try for yourself:
…UNLESS you’ve been to the site before. Second time you go to the site, you get an entirely different “product” page. First version is a list of approx 7 cameras, second version is a grid showing 11 cameras – which does include the Rebel T2i.
So, you finally find the camera page, and select the “Drivers and Software” tab, e.g.:
What do you see?
1 firmware update, and no drivers, and no software. How come?
Well, you have to select a value in the tiny dropdown near the top of the page, and only then will the page magically update itself in-situ with the ACTUAL list of “Drivers and Software”.
Fine. So, for Windows, or for OS X, there’s a dozen or so downloads – once you spot the “trick” to reveal them.
Ah, but – are you allowed to simply click and download them? “NOOO!”, says Canon USA.
Which means … when you click on a download, and download it, then hit “Back” in your web browser … you get put back to the page BEFORE you even went to the Canon website.
Go to JAIL. Do not pass GO. Do NOT collect $200
Yep – that’s right, time to use that stupid drop-down again, before you’re “allowed” to see the list of files.
And then, for each file, you’ll have to repeat:
- click file link
- scroll to download link
- click download link (3 clicks to download – Amazon, eat your heart out!)
- click Forwards
- select your OS from the drop-down list
- scroll back to where you started
SEVEN steps to download each file? For half a dozen files? Canon USA, congratulations – that’s Web 0.1!
UPDATE: … I worked out a trick. If, after you download each file by clicking the “I Accept these terms and conditions” button, you then click the “No, I reject these terms and conditions”, it surreptitiously puts you back to the previous page. Canon’s web team apparently has no issue with you simultaneously Accepting and Rejecting their legal documents – I wonder what Canon’s lawfirm would say about that?