->''"To stop those monsters, one-two-three,''
->''Here's a fresh new way that's trouble-free.''
->''It's got Paul Anka's guarantee...''
->''Guarantee void in Tennessee."''
--> -- '''Lisa Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Treehouse of Horror VI"

Hey! We've got a marvelous, fantastic deal for you, one that will make your wallet heavier, your life better, your teeth whiter and your significant other want to have sex with you every night. [[InsaneProprietor And the price is so damn low, we're CRAZY!]]

Except for you doofs in Nebraska. You're stuck out, and we're certainly not going to tell you why. Na na na-na na!

Often summed up quite simply with "Void where prohibited," a phrase which shifts the onus of learning about obscure laws away from the seller and onto the consumer.

Compare to NoExportForYou. If it's a limitation to something that is being exported, it's this trope crossing with BadExportForYou. For more information on why this trope happened, see [[Analysis/OfferVoidInNebraska the Analysis page.]]


* In the United States, many fast food discounts are void in Alaska and Hawaii. There's good reason for this. Alaska and Hawaii are part of the US, but are not in the contiguous US, so it takes more money to get the product shipped out there.
* An example of this played for comedy is in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk this]] Microsoft video made as a joke advertisement for Windows 1.0. Apparently this "advanced operating environment" was available everywhere, ''"except in Nebraska!"'' for some indiscernible reason.
* An '80s Federated Dept. Store commercial starring [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Shadoe Stevens]] played this for laughs; the disclaimer portion of a faux infomercial ad included the phrase, "offer not available in Squid Valley, void where inflatable".
* Back in the 1980's, Augsburger Beer used to have their Brewmeister, Hans Kessler, do their radio commercials (he always pointed out that, in spite of its German-sounding name and German-accented Brewmeister, Augsburger was brewed "right hier in ze goot old U. S. ov A."). At one point, when they were holding a contest, he gave a brief summary of the rules, then added, "Just remember to drink Augsburger Beer, and [[ToiletHumour void where prohibited]]." (beat) "Did I say zat right?"
* The infamous Westwood College "Tighten up the graphics" commercial was not intended for residents of Texas or Massachusetts.
* Nearly all Car insurance and similar things from the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} UK]] are not applicable in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland despite being part of the UnitedKingdom.
* A jarring example for discounts and other goodies for Lasik Eye Surgery was played in California. Except towards the very end of the ad, it says "Offer void in California".
* In television markets serving two or three states, ads for financial services such as title or payday loans might be useless in another state because of usury laws against them in one state, while another allows them; likewise some laws have been passed to disallow loan agreements with members of the military (some operations take advantage of them being overseas to charge insane amounts of interest).
* Wisconsin is the only state which bans "rent-to-own" stores that offer furniture or electronics on a week-to-week credit payment plan due to strict consumer laws passed against them in the 90s due to heavy complaints, meaning Rent-A-Center and Aaron's national or border-state advertising is a thirty second waste of money there. Rent-A-Center skirts the law with their "Get It Now" stores, which offers traditional department store/credit card-like financing and keeps them ready to switch back to the traditional Rent-A-Center model if the laws are pulled back.
* Many circulars advertising sales on American flags in the Midwest will mention in fine-print that the offer is void in Minnesota. That's because Minnesota has a law requiring all U.S. flags sold in the state be made domestically, and these on-sale flags typically come from China.
* Many chains in New Zealand decided not to offer some products or sale prices at their airport stores. Probably justified with Burger King when it had the promotional Bomb burger...

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'''s play-at-home Lucky Case Game cannot be played by residents of North Dakota, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Minnesota.
* When John Henson was host of ''Series/TheSoup'' on E!, he used to run fake offers with a long rolling list of disclaimers that always ended with "Valid in 49 states -- sorry Tennessee!"
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has made jokes about this.
* The Tush program on WTBS in the late 70's - early 80's would often have disclaimers on their fake ads stating 'Void where prohibited and, of course, in Wisconsin.'
* Parodied in ''Series/TheDailyShow'' skit "Freedom Packages," an imitation infomercial offering "packages" of US intervention. In the end, after a [[SideEffectsInclude long list of possible "side effects,"]] it says "Package not valid in [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict West Bank and Gaza]]."
* Most Disney Channel contests have "Void were prohibited in Maine".
* Charter Communications has "Open to legal US residents of the 48 states (including DC)" except New York and Florida, though it has no coverage in Florida.
* Due to market eccentricities, Creator/TheWB was unavailable directly in the Mobile, Alabama area for the first six years due to their station, WFGX being licensed to the beach community of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, which was ninety miles away (and much closer to Panama City than their home market) and actually only able to cover the Pensacola half of the market, and was unable to move closer. Cable providers refused to pick it up because of a terrible signal and schedule outside of network time. Eventually even The WB tired of this and took their affiliation to Gulf Shores-licensed WFNA in 2001, which actually covers the whole market. WFGX was thus stuck with their terrible schedule and Jewelry Television (and wasn't even considered for TheCW at all) until MyNetworkTV came along, and even then was stuck with no cable coverage in Alabama. Only after the digital age where it was able to move their tower, and it was bundled in with their sister ABC station in Pensacola, were they able to finally get viewership in Mobile.

* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' once spoofed this trope with a coupon that was "Void where prohibited. Prohibited where void. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Void and prohibited where not allowed]]."
* If a British comic, such as ''Comicbook/TheBeano'' or ''ComicBook/TheDandy'', has a cover mounted free gift, it would often be absent when sold in the Republic of Ireland. Probably also applies to Canada and New Zealand.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': One of the demons a warlock can summon, the '''void'''walker, a kind of shadow/nothingness [[ElementalEmbodiment elemental]], sometimes says "I...am...void...where...prohibited." when summoned. There is also the many real-world competitions on the ''World of Warcraft'' website, as well as the launched Arena Tournaments. In Europe, many countries within the EU are prohibited from entering ''any'' such competition due to national laws that are beyond Blizzard's control. People in Quebec also cannot enter the tournaments.
* Happens frequently with contests in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' that have real-world prizes. Since European players were so often excluded there were eventually Europe-only contests held for those players that the Americans cannot enter. Also, one of the major locations in the gameworld is Paragon City, Rhode Island; and that US state is excluded from participating in real-world contests.
* Spore had an expansion pack which was announced available to all players in the US, except residents of Maine.
* Parodied in [[VideoGame/MondayNightCombat Super MNC]] where, during an in-universe ad, [[SideEffectsInclude the announcer rattles off a long disclaimer]] for a product before ending with "{Product} is NOT void where prohibited! You hear that Quebec? Go Suck it!"

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Parodied on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' in a commercial for the "Strong Bad Sings!" music collection: "Refunds not available in Maine or Arkansas."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' with [[TheRant the commentary]] for [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1195 this comic.]]
-->This comic now has my official RECAP SEAL OF APPROVAL! This seal is valid everywhere on Earth except Arizona. I don't know why it's not valid there, but it's beyond my control. My apologies if that inconveniences anyone.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** It's got Paul Anka's Guarantee. Guarantee void in Tennessee. (Which, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation of course,]] raised some WildMassGuessing about WhereTheHellIsSpringfield.)
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Fear of Flying" where an official at Krazy Klown Airlines offers Homer and his family free tickets to anywhere in the U.S., "excluding Alaska and Hawaii, the freak states.".
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' exaggerated this to absurd lengths in a cutaway gag, with a list of terms and conditions that ran for at least a minute. And the prize was a single can of Shrimp Cola.
* Two FOX affiliates (Birmingham and Greensboro) never broadcast the Fox Box/4Kids TV on it's Saturday morning time slot until it's defunct in end of 2008.

* Played humorously by OK Go during their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQSpV5cERY OK Go Dances With You]] Website/YouTube commercial, where people living in Antarctica were excluded from the contest, because they were too far away (sucks to be you)
* Parodied in the Music/CapitolSteps's fake commercial to treat "Electile Dysfunction." Offer not good in Florida.
* Inverted in hayleyghoover's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhG-qQQJi-M&feature=fvst Annoyances 11-15]]: the pilgrim figurines are available for 60 easy payments of 29.99, but only in Oregon (and you get a free spatula!)


* Malaysia tends to get a lot of this since TheNewTens with [=PayTV=] programs due to the ruling party moving towards extreme right conservative governance, despite there already being separate feeds of channels for Malaysia, Singapore and the rest of Asia. Sometimes, movie premieres advertised on HBO or Anime on Animax will bear the footnote "Not available in Malaysia and Brunei" when they could've chose to just omit advertising the premiere on the feed altogether. It's as if they advertise the show-that-you-will-not-get-to-see just to rub it in the face of the viewers...
* The inverse is also often true for other people in Asia- Filipinos and other Southeast Asians have complained that Disney often hold contests but excludes anyone from outside Malaysia or Singapore from participating. This despite Filipinos, Thais, Vietnamese and Indonesians getting a different feed of Disney Asia (as in the whole region feed) from Singapore and Malaysia- they could've just advertise it on the Malaysian and Singaporean feed instead of ''on all feeds Asia-wide''. This also because both Malaysia and Singapore have full control of the feed itself- See NetworkDecay for the whole info about it.
* Malaysia has an equivalent of the US' "Price slightly higher west of the Rockies" disclaimer: Price slightly higher at the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia and the Borneo states of Malaysia, and ''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Genting Highlands]]''. The hike in the east coast and Borneo states are justified in that a lot of the goods are manufactured on the west coast of the Peninsula where a majority of the factories and thus economy is focused, and transportation to the east coast (especially to the Borneo States) are not cheap. However, the price hike in Genting Highlands is because the area's a tourist trap and nothing else.

* Competitions run by companies based in Australia which also market their product in New Zealand may only be open to residents of Australia.
* In Australia, it's South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, because only the east coast matters after all...
** SA has a very strict Trade Practices Act; NT may have inherited some of them, since it used to be ruled from SA.
* Similarly there's the rural (or "regional") areas: Any time any novel development occurs in Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth will always get it first, and everywhere else will get it never. When Channel Ten launched ONE HD, it apparently neglected to mention that only the capital cities would get it, much to the chagrin of rural viewers.
* A Subversion of this is that all offers in South Australia are usually extended to Broken Hill, which is in New South Wales. Among other things linking SA to Broken Hill is the time zone, because during the late 1800's so much of mining industry and SA were tied together...
* An inversion of this trope: Many cans and bottles are able to be returned to a recycling facility in South Australia for between 5 and 10 cents per item... If the item was originally ''bought'' in South Australia. They're available for sale country-wide. No other state offers any such cash incentives.

* The Canadian version is, "Offer not valid in Quebec." Quebec has its own gambling laws regarding sweepstakes, which differ widely from the rest of Canada, particularly the requirement that anything in English must also be present and accepted in French (which is the province's sole official language). There are also separate laws that make certain contests found in advertisements void; in particular it is illegal to advertise to children in Quebec. Since some of those publicity campaigns for contests run throughout Canada, the contest they advertise is made unavailable in Quebec.
* A variation has appeared in an ad campaign with the disclaimer "offer not available in Manitoba"
* Throughout Canada in general, if it's not run by a non-profit, it must also have some form of skill-testing, even a simple math problem, excluding many US promotions.
* The city of [[http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Kelowna&g=Kelowna&ie=UTF8&z=10&iwloc=addr Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada]] was apparently bribed to do this; EB Games (a chain bought out by [=GameStop=]) are prohibited from buying used games in city limits, because the pawn shops "complained" that the chain stores took away their business.
* Lampshaded by Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's ''Series/PardonTheInterruption''. After the standard half hour, he and Mike Wilbon "toss it up to ''Series/SportsCenter''," but briefly interruptted (no pun intended) the latter show with an extra segment (for a period, this was the "Big Finish"), during which they truly close out their show. Initially, TSN didn't air this segment on its ''[=SportsCent=]'''re''''', so at [[EveryEpisodeEnding the end of every show]], Kornheiser waves a Canadian flag and says "Goodnight, Canada!" [=SportsCentre=] has since started airing the segment from time to time.
* The Canadian channel History ''Television'' and the U.S. [[Creator/TheHistoryChannel History]] ''[[Creator/TheHistoryChannel Channel]]'' used to be two completely separate networks with completely separate programming, thus ads for History Channel on A&E (which is available in Canada straight from the U.S.) always made sure to mention that it was [[MemeticMutation not available in Canada]]. By the late-2000s, however, History Television had become a glorified History Channel Canada in all but name thanks to NetworkDecay (most of its lineup by then was now just imported History Channel programs), and the channel's owner ended up entering into a license agreement to re-brand it as History in 2012.

[[folder:Latin America]]
* Since several channels are broadcast all over Latin America as a single feed as a cost cutting measure (as opposed to several country-specific feeds), it's not rare to see adverts saying "Only applies to Argentina" or "Exclusively for Mexico."

* In the United Kingdom, this is "Not available in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland", or more exotically, "Not available in the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or Gibraltar." It may also say "offer only applies for residents of mainland Britain".
* Car insurance is more expensive in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland than in the rest of the UK, presumably because there is a higher risk of accidents and/or car thefts. Many of the locals do certainly appear to have their own JustForFun/{{egregious}} driving style. More generally, insurance companies would sometimes sneak a clause into the fine print that specifically exempted them from any financial liability arising from terrorist attacks by the IRA, but since UsefulNotes/TheTroubles are now largely a matter for the history books this is less common nowadays. This is played with in a TV advertisement for an insurance company who only operate in Northern Ireland, which includes the slogan "Excludes England, Scotland and Wales" as a "disclaimer."
* In the ITV Border TV region, which covers both sides of the England-Scotland border, "Only available in Carlisle" appears on commercials with perplexing frequency (Carlisle being a city on the English side). It's not particularly clear why Carlisle is such a hub for novel products like Pop Tarts.
* One particularly notable thing is that, despite that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland being countries right next to each other, with a barely-existent border, and are so small that people occasionally refer to them as one; there are still loads of offers open to Northern Ireland but not the Republic of Ireland, simply because the former is a UK nation while the latter isn't.
* Averted in the Republic of Ireland where many offers are made available to "viewers in the North", despite Northern Ireland legally being a different country, largely for nationalistic reasons. Often a second phone line will be set up to cater for Northern Ireland. This tends to be reciprocated in offers that cater exclusively for Northern Ireland - for example, phone-in competitions held on UTV (the Northern Irish region of ITV) tend to have a second phone line for viewers in the Republic to use.
* Many British laws actually only apply to "England and Wales", with Scotland and Northern Ireland getting their own (usually but not always functionally identical) versions of the same Act of Parliament. This is due to the fact that both countries' status within the UK are unique. They were technically independent polities that entered into a kind of ''anschluss'' by mutual agreement partially in the 16th century, and more formally in the 18th and 19th centuries - although Northern Ireland originally did so as part of Ireland, essentially inheriting Ireland's status within the UK when the rest of Ireland became independent in 1921. This is the legal precedent that gave Northern Ireland its own Parliament on creation back in the TheRoaringTwenties (later abolished in TheSeventies, and replaced with the Northern Irish Assembly in TheNineties), and also gave Scotland its own devolved Parliament in TheNineties, and very nearly led to Scotland seceding in 2014. In practice, Northern Ireland tends to copy-paste most laws directly from the English and Welsh equivalents as the [=English/Welsh=] and Northern Irish legal systems are broadly similar in most important aspects; whereas Scotland tends to make a few more changes due to having a more diversified legal code.
* Inverted in Italy: It's "islands included", referring to Sicily and Sardinia. Sometimes the minor islands (Elba, Pantelleria, etc), however, will be excluded, or, more frequently, just have to pay a higher fee.
* Occurs quite frequently (likely due to legal differences) with contests in German media also issued in Austria. Usually accompanied by something in the vein of "unfortunately void for our Austrian viewers/readers." In teleshopping or quiz shows is usual to find different telephone numbers (charged at different rates) for Germany, Austria and (sometimes) Switzerland.
* In Denmark, all sorts of stuff is often "void in Greenland and the Faeroe Islands". Probably because the islands in question are so far away from Denmark itself. Greenland is a bit of an oddity, being part of Denmark and therefore Europe legally and economically, but much closer to North America geographically.
* Eastpak backpacks have a lifetime warranty all over the world, but the warranty is limited to "only" 30 years in Germany, maximum allowed by the civil code since lifetime warranties are illegal.
* In France it seems to be the ''départements/térritoires d'outre-mer'' (overseas departments and territories), abbreviated as DOM/TOM. If they're not excluded from offers, they'll often get higher prices. But considering that, while legally part of France, some of these are ''actually'' on the other side of the world, this makes a small amount of sense.
* Hungary has "Area 29" (referring to the phone area code) where phone and internet are mainly provided by [[http://www.upc.hu/29-es-korzet/?intcmp=29es-banner UPC]], but using very old infrastructure, resulting in both higher prices for the same bandwidth compared to the rest of the country, and many offers void in Area 29. This is notorious because many places in this area don't have other [=ISPs=] that would provide competition.
* Frequent in Spain, the phrase "valid in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands" is stated in most ads, thus excluding the far from the mainland Canary Islands. And also excluding Ceuta and Melilla, the two north-African cities that have special taxes (just as Canary Islands). There's also an inversion. Sometimes these ads state that the offer is valid in "Spain, Andorra, and/or Gibraltar". The funnier ones are the contest ads on daytime TV which explain in a long paragraph that you can enter from everywhere but Gibraltar and el Hierro, listing ''all the islands separately'', and then tagging on that you can't enter from Gibraltar or el Hierro - presumably because Gibraltar's part of the UK and el Hierro's a volcano in the middle of the Atlantic, just off the coast of Central Africa.
* [[Creator/TheBBC BBC One Scotland]] is exactly the same as BBC One in the rest of the UK, except when it isn't. For a long time this meant the continuity announcer trailing an exciting new programme, and then hastily adding "except for viewers in Scotland". This has become [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7scMC7YSDQ a bit of a meme]]; for example when Scottish Nationalist leader Alex Salmond was on ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'':
-->"And on Ian's team is a one-note politician with a chip on his shoulder about the English. Except for viewers in Scotland, who'll be seeing a much-loved elder statesman with intriguing views on devolution."
::On a similar note, for most of the 1980s and 1990s, BBC UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland showed its local evening news magazine at an earlier time to the other BBC nations and regions. To do this, it would opt-out halfway through the final presenter link of Children's BBC, which would lead the CBBC presenter to say "Goodbye Northern Ireland!" before continuing for another minute or two for the rest of the viewers.
* ''Armando Ianucci's Shows'' had a sketch where Armando is so sick of hearing about things being unavailable in his native Scotland that he has a nightmare where he dies and goes to Scottish Heaven, which only has smug documentaries and reruns of ''Taggart'' and is very dull.
* Portugal has two variants: either "offer valid only in Continental Portugal" or "except Azores", which excludes one or both of the archipelagos that are a part of the country. Later advertisements mention "other conditional promotions" for the archipelagos instead.
* Many, many offers are unavailable in the Crimean Peninsula due to incidents that have occured with UsefulNotes/{{Ukraine}}, either as a boycott measure (foreign providers) or because of simple inconvenience (Ukrainian providers).

[[folder:United States and related]]
* Ads for certain stores that have unrelated sister chains in Canada or Mexico (particularly Home Depot) will mention in the fine print/ending blurb that ads run in the US apply to the US only, just in case someone in a border town sees or hears them.
* Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii get excluded quite a bit as well, especially from travel offers. And long-distance calling or cell phone plans, though with how cutthroat competitive the industry is getting, this is steadily fading away.
* The Pacific territories Guam, American Samoa, and the Mariana Islands are generally excluded from everything. So are the Atlantic territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
* "Price Slightly Higher West of the Rockies" used to be fairly common in U.S. advertisements, but improved transportation infrastructure and more facilities on the Pacific coast have rendered this a quaint reminder of the late 20th century. Red Lobster takes this to the hilt, reminding the viewer that not only are their prices higher in Alaska and Hawaii, they are also higher at the chain's [[BigAppleSauce Times Square]] location (which is more likely to take advantage of tourism than anything). Wendy's and KFC later promised that their meats will be fresh (refrigerated) and not frozen in the continental US.
* Hellmann's mayonnaise is advertised as "Best Foods west of the Rockies" as an artifact of TheGreatDepression, when Best Foods bought Hellmann's and didn't want to change their brand name in a large geographical area for an expensive amount during an inconvenient time; eventually it stuck. [=McCormick=] spices also did the same thing for Schilling in the west for years. In both cases though, little was different besides the label and a slight change in the jingle.
* Massachusetts, for a while, heavily regulated auto insurance and thus auto companies could not set their own rates. Despite this, advertisements claiming "safe driver discounts" and such are constantly being played on Boston TV with fine print at the bottom noting that you can't buy it in this state. This is also true in California.
* If you have a gift card, chances are the fine print will tell you that a monthly "service charge" will be applied to your credit starting a year from purchase, except where prohibited. California is one state that prohibits retailers from slowly eating away your unused credit. This particular aspect of the trope is also becoming {{discredited|Trope}} in a number of other states as well, as A.) more states have implemented laws against this sort of thing, B.) consumers have become more aware of this and C.) this market has become much more competitive.
* In Southern California, a Metrolink rail ticket can get you on every bus for free or at a discount - unless you happen to be going to or from Santa Monica.
* The Lifelock company, which basically promised to protect your identity from any theft, ever, but people still had it happen, including the founder of the company, who would demonstrate the products effectiveness by putting his Social Security number on billboards. Now, laws have been passed that make them unable to offer the anti-theft guarantee it still makes in some states. New York is the big one.
* Safeway offers to match any competitors best deals, but [[InvertedTrope only in Oahu, Hawaii.]]
* Many contests can't be entered by people who live in Rhode Island because it has a specific law that requires the company to file a legal statement with the secretary of state before it can run a contest there and pay $150. Since Rhode Island is so small anyway, most companies just figure "why bother?" The same is true of Florida and New York (which also require security bonds!) but since they have large populations most people who run national-level sweepstakes just go ahead and pay the fees. And don't even get started thinking about New Jersey...
* If you live in Arizona, chances are you've felt the pain of seeing an awesome contest with tons of gear for the winner - but the fine print will say to the effect that the contest is not open to you, a resident of Arizona. The gaming magazine ''Tips & Tricks'' ran contests like this toward the end of its run, and the contest rules always said residents of Arizona could not participate. The editors actually addressed this when someone wrote in to complain; apparently it was just a matter of Arizona having restrictive laws when it came to contests, the most severe of all the states in the US.
* A lot of promotional giveaways in the 1970s or earlier would include in the fine print "Offer void in ..." followed by a laundry list of states. In most cases this was due to poorly-written laws that effectively prevented a company from ''giving something away for free'' if there was an element of chance involved, since that made it "gambling". Many of these states have revised their gaming ordinances since and will now allow, for example, [=McDonald's=] to run their "Monopoly" promotion, provided that the sponsor makes a way for people to get the game pieces without making a purchase. Wisconsin has an anti-gambling law that prohibits any events from occuring in-state if contestants must pay to enter, if there is a physical prize given out to the winners, and if there is any element of chance whatsoever. Due to this law, it's illegal in Wisconsin to have competitions for nearly all collectible card games, most video games, all pinball games, and a large number of popular board games, including ''TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}}'' and ''TabletopGame/SettlersOfCatan'' unless entering is free, which would make the competitions financially impractical to run if they're giving out prizes.
* In November 2013, New Jersey legalized internet gambling, partly to try to reverse a long decline in gambling revenues for the state with the rise of casinos in New York and Pennsylvania drawing away would-be tourists to Atlantic City. Radio ads advertising this always add that would-be gamblers can only take advantage of this in the state of New Jersey - the law stipulates that you must be physically present in the state (enforced by GPS) in order to partake in addition to being 21; needed since said radio stations are located in New York and Philadelphia.

[[folder:The Internet]]
* Even the Internet falls victim to this. Because television shows are almost always licensed for viewing only in certain countries, online players will usually block users from foreign countries. Never mind asking ''why'' the networks prefer to limit their potential advertising base, but they do. Website/YouTube offers the ability to do this as well because it offers content from television networks. It's probably easier to list sites that ''don't'' do this. Unauthorized uploads on Vimeo and the like obviously don't count. This leads to such absurdities like a Sony ad not being viewable in Germany because it contains music by... Sony Entertainment. So if you're trying to view an official clip from ''Series/TheDailyShow'', the "not available in your location" message mentions, "but hey, at least you have kangaroos and boomerangs." If you want to get past these, just Google Proxy Mate, Hola Unblocker (both for Firefox and Chrome), or just learn how to do proxies. For Website/YouTube, there is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Youtube Unblocker]].
* Unique case with Android devices- due to the fragmented Android forks out there, when an app is released for Android, there's a large possibility that it's only available on the Google Play Store. While Amazon's App Store is the second most popular app store out there and can be installed on any Android device, it seems that not many Triple-A developers are bothering with Amazon's and only publish on Google's. One possible reason for this is that while both platforms are technically compatible with each other when it comes to standalone apps, some apps use special services that only exist on one platform but has a competing and incompatible equivalent on the other (ie Google Play Games vs. Amazon [=GameCircle=], Google Wallet vs Amazon Payments, Google Drive vs. Amazon Cloud Drive), and many developers find forking the Android version to support both quite demanding on their budget and/or human resources.
* On the topic of Amazon App Store: Amazon has launched a new service called "Underground" whose aim is to discourage AllegedlyFreeGame sales on their store by paying for the game on the user's behalf, and the user gets a truly free game as a result. The catch is that this service is only available to the US and several other select countries, if you live somewhere else then you will still either get allegedly free games or have to now pay the full price for said game. The painful tease here is that the service is advertised on the App Store front page itself ''for all countries'' regardless of whether the service is available or not.
* Microsoft recently gave away a free copy of Music/TheRollingStones' "Start Me Up" as part of its Windows 95 20th Anniversary promotion. The catch is the offer is only valid in North America, West Europe including the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Live elsewhere? Clicking on the link on the blog site does launch the Windows store and takes you to the album's page... where you need to buy the song with your own money. Ouch. Even worse when it displays the album but claims that the album cannot be sold in your country, but searching for the song on the store does produce a result, except that it isn't free.