Look at the screens below:
So, if you pay from credit card ( wich cost more than SMS because of banks gain when you make the transaction) you receives less coins, than if you buy coins through SMS from Computer Games (hence, if you buy euro for phone card, the phone company gives you even a great bonus of euro, which cover a lot more than the value of added tax – TVA).
Credit card coins vs SMS:
CC : 10 euro – 1265 coins, no bonus from Acclaim
SMS : 10 euro – 1465 coins
CC : 20 euro – 2530 coins, 100 coins bonus from Acclaim, so 2630 coins
SMS : 20 coins – 3075 coins
The difference is 645 coins, which really counts. So from credit card, which normally would get you more coins (with bonus from Acclaim) for a less amount of coins you are paying more ( at 20 euro for example, you pay another 3.5 euros per transaction to the bank + currency conversion from Romanian money in Euro) than the SMS tax for which you pay less and recieve more coins (eg .Vodafone – phone company, for 20 euros gives you 5 euro bonus load, so 25 euros, from which the whole transaction reach a total of 20.78 with VAT).
CREDIT CARD – BANK : 23-25 euro/per transaction and recieve less coins
SMS – PHONE COMPANY : 20.78 euro/per transaction and recieve more coins
I do not know who taught mathematics to Acclaim boys, but the fact is that, there is a clear disadvantage between the acquisition of coins, and you get more or less COINS, depending on the method of payment .