Ok, so I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but what the hell are they doing? I was shopping online for gears of war 3, and wound up buying ANOTHER (in this case useless, because I have a family membership,) gold subscription. It has the EXACTLY the same packaging and picture on it as the standard edition game...with a black banner up the top offering free dlc. It even appears in a jewel case... I mean LOOK at it http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xbox-Live-branded-membership-months/dp/B005EQ0NM0 The friggin membership looks like an ad on a standard copy of GOW 3.... Now Amazon, advertise that the game is not included,(albeit at the bottom of the page) it is a shame that I didn't see the amazon ad before I bought it.
Seriously, are you/they really that desperate for xbox live subscriptions that you are willing to try to trick your customers. It is disgusting, change the friggin packaging, because I would be willing to bet that I am not the only poor fool to have fallen for this marketing trick...I am also willing to bet that I am not the only customer that now has less money to spend on things like microsoft points, other games etc, because we now own something we don't need....grrr@your marketing department, xbox.