Algebraic Geometry is not my topic of research and I am having troubles in understanding the following:

In Harris book, Algebraic Geometry, a firs course, Example 18.15, there is a proof of the degree of the Segre varieties $\Sigma_{m,n}$. The author intersects $\Sigma_{m,n} \subset \mathbb{P}(V \otimes W)$ with a subspace of codimension $m+n$ defined by simple tensors of the dual space $V^* \otimes W^*$, that is the subspace is the intersection of hyperplanes that are unions of pullbacks of each factor. The intersection contains at most $\binom{n+m}{n}$ points. I read similar proofs elsewhere. But, as far as I know, to prove that a variety of dimension $k$ has degree $d$, one has to prove that the intersection of the variety with a *GENERAL* subspace of codimension $k$ contains at most $d$ points. How is it possible to use such a special linear subspace and then deduce that it is true for a general one?