This leads me to suspect that polaroid will also refuse to tell the nice lady that it's a generic chip that can be region unlocked. They will most likely also tell her that the region is hard-coded.
I don't think companies are willing to bend the law to satisfy just a few customers. It'd bring a whole world of trouble if a big company started telling everyone how to get around the region coding. El-cheapy chinese companies don't care, they just close down overnight & tomorrow morning open under a new name;)