Not being one to roll over and take it like a bitch, I took my search for an answer online and found that several dozen people had been able to get around this problem by using the PlayStation Store for PC (and several thousand more getting the same error code). So I wandered over to http://store.playstation.com and was redirected to a UK site that told me to use my console. Now I realize this is the fault of a bad cookie and I should have been redirected to the Media Go site, but I've repeatedly switched to the US PlayStation site and it's never bothered to update the cookie so some of that frustration falls on your head. After some further research I discovered that the Web Store was now a part of Media Go and I would need to use this software to access it. After the experiences I had with ATRAC software and the legendary XCP rootkit disaster, I'd feel safer installing StarForce. But seeing as this was my only option, I soldiered on and downloaded the software anyway.
Following the unpleasant installation that also forced me to install Quicktime, something I had been avoiding, I was finally able to access the PlayStation Store on my PC. I logged in, clicked the account management icon and was immediately redirected to a publicly accessible webpage that loaded in Firefox. Now forgive me for my following rudeness and unprofessional banter but, YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES!
I just went through all the trouble of tracking down a piece of software, installing it and other mandatory software that I did not want, just to be redirected to a damn web page your fucking website could have linked to in the first place! This is completely unacceptable. I understand the desire to get people using your software and I have no problem if you want to force people to use it to access the store, but if your account management page is just a normal public web site, just let me access it directly!
Anyways, after all of that the service still isn't verifying my credit card, so today I called my bank and had a talk with them and you know what? They were surprisingly helpful. Not only did the personal answering the phone talk to me like a real human being, she actually volunteered that she had the ability to view the incoming verification requests so she could tell me what was wrong. Guess what Sony, the problem is on your end. You are submitting different information than I entered into the form. Specifically, you're getting my expiration date wrong by a month. The issue isn't even address related. I'd call back to Sony support and ask them to look into this, but after the experience I had with them I don't trust them to do little more than write my complaint on a piece of paper, neatly fold that paper up and throw it at the nearest basketball net adorned waste receptacle. I have no confidence left in your company's ability to help it's users. I am more than happy to forgo buying Burnout Paradise and all PSN content, than continue to deal with this nonsense.