iDisappointed with GSC packagingn/a

First time posting an article after being on this site for about 1 year. This is mostly a rant post.

I usually purchase my figures from AmiAmi or BiJ. This is my first time ordering from GSC due to Miku Harvest Moon ver. being GSC exclusive. I always avoid GSC due to their item being more expensive and the flat rate shipping fee. Besides, I never really find the need to own the GSC bonus if the figure I want has it through GSC shop.

My item arrived today and I was shocked how small their shipping box is as I ordered 2 items. The shipment box was also dented when it arrived. I was worried it will damage the nendo boxes inside. My gosh, I was utterly surprised by how bad their packaging was when I opened the box. Let the picture do the explaining.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/53597752/wp_20151123_21_22_06_pro.jpg

Any hard impact on the outer box will definitely damage the nendo boxes. Thank goodness the nendo boxes was in good condition. GSC should really put more effort in their packaging since we actually have to pay more ordering from them than from the likes of AmiAmi which has very good packaging.

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661 year agokawaii-lurvekawaii-lurve
And so, this is why we have to appreciate Ami's overkill packaging because sometimes, we have to expect the unexpected.

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01 year agohare75hare75
DevaCarell (1 year ago) #4909860Ok let's break this down.
"Hmmm I just got my Harvest Moon Miku and I'm totally fine with GSC's packaging. I'm actually very impressed with the packaging - one small manageable box and not too much paper stuffing inside :)"

Having a box that barely fits the figures is just afwul. If the outer box get's damaged there's good chance the figure's box or the figure itself get's damaged. So you're impressed by that kind of packaging? And you're fine if the figure or the box is heavily damaged during delivery? I think the vast majority here appreciates good packaging and they don't want to gamble with their expensive figure's like you do.
"True, I was probably lucky that the outer box was completely undamaged, but what's the big deal if the nendo boxes didn't get damaged?? "
The big deal is we don't want our figure's arriving damaged and good packaging is not hard or expensive.
"I personally find amiami's over the top packaging a big waste, and way too pricey. And they tend to send boxes that are TWICE the size of all the stuff inside!! The only time they didn't go overboard with packaging is when I ordered 4 scales with huge boxes, which managed to fit the box nicely."
AmiAmi have chosen to use "over packaging" if you don't like their packaging, don't use them or email them and ask for lesser packaging.
The whole point of the box being bigger than the figure's box is to protect them during delivery, it's not uncommon that the outer box gets quite a beating during the trip.
If you're fine with bad/lazy packaging and want to gamble whether you get your figures damaged or not is your choice.

yaaah, what I'm getting at is if you spend shitloads on a figure then why should you waste so much more on shipping??? Of course, who DOESN'T want good packaging, but who said it HAD to be MORE EXPENSIVE????
And being a bit of a hippie (and an ethical thinker), I just don't like big boxes which mostly go to waste anyways. You think chucking boxes and packaging in the recycling bin really solves the waste problem?? Well SHIT, recycling plants pollute MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE, and HALF OF THE STUFF YOU PUT INTO THE RECYCLING BIN GETS THROWN OUT ANYWAY. Frick, my recycling bin isn't even that big, even if I cut those damn boxes into SHREDS.
Of course it's highly likely that GSC packaging (when compared to amiami packaging) won't be enough when it comes to some freak accident during shipping, but let me remind you that amiami-style packaging is not such an effective solution all the time:
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Rather than opting for amiami-style packaging, we should be demanding a more INNOVATIVE yet CHEAPER and more COMPACT means of packaging that would benefit more people who don't like hefty shipping costs. I think MFC, from all the end-users' perspectives, would provide the ideal arena to debate and DEMAND more efficient and effective services from companies like GSC. It's JAPAN we're talking about - I'm SURE they can come up with a more innovative way of packaging than this.
Come on guys, we can totally find a way to enjoy our hobbies and still help out others and the planet!! Let's start some kind of movement!!
And if you rich, narrow-minded people still continue to advocate for pricey wasteful packaging because you are selfish and don't give a shit about waste, then fuck you 凸(¬‿¬)
01 year agosheushensheushen
DevaCarell (1 year ago) #4909860Ok let's break this down.
"Hmmm I just got my Harvest Moon Miku and I'm totally fine with GSC's packaging. I'm actually very impressed with the packaging - one small manageable box and not too much paper stuffing inside :)"

Having a box that barely fits the figures is just afwul. If the outer box get's damaged there's good chance the figure's box or the figure itself get's damaged. So you're impressed by that kind of packaging? And you're fine if the figure or the box is heavily damaged during delivery? I think the vast majority here appreciates good packaging and they don't want to gamble with their expensive figure's like you do.
"True, I was probably lucky that the outer box was completely undamaged, but what's the big deal if the nendo boxes didn't get damaged?? "
The big deal is we don't want our figure's arriving damaged and good packaging is not hard or expensive.
"I personally find amiami's over the top packaging a big waste, and way too pricey. And they tend to send boxes that are TWICE the size of all the stuff inside!! The only time they didn't go overboard with packaging is when I ordered 4 scales with huge boxes, which managed to fit the box nicely."
AmiAmi have chosen to use "over packaging" if you don't like their packaging, don't use them or email them and ask for lesser packaging.
The whole point of the box being bigger than the figure's box is to protect them during delivery, it's not uncommon that the outer box gets quite a beating during the trip.
If you're fine with bad/lazy packaging and want to gamble whether you get your figures damaged or not is your choice.


Thank you for the detailed explanation :)
71 year ago (1 year ago)DevaCarellDevaCarell
hare75 (1 year ago) #4902729Hmmm I just got my Harvest Moon Miku and I'm totally fine with GSC's packaging. I'm actually very impressed with the packaging - one small manageable box and not too much paper stuffing inside :)
True, I was probably lucky that the outer box was completely undamaged, but what's the big deal if the nendo boxes didn't get damaged??
I personally find amiami's over the top packaging a big waste, and way too pricey. And they tend to send boxes that are TWICE the size of all the stuff inside!! The only time they didn't go overboard with packaging is when I ordered 4 scales with huge boxes, which managed to fit the box nicely.
Ok let's break this down.

"Hmmm I just got my Harvest Moon Miku and I'm totally fine with GSC's packaging. I'm actually very impressed with the packaging - one small manageable box and not too much paper stuffing inside :)"

Having a box that barely fits the figures is just afwul. If the outer box get's damaged there's good chance the figure's box or the figure itself get's damaged. So you're impressed by that kind of packaging? And you're fine if the figure or the box is heavily damaged during delivery? I think the vast majority here appreciates good packaging and they don't want to gamble with their expensive figure's like you do.

"True, I was probably lucky that the outer box was completely undamaged, but what's the big deal if the nendo boxes didn't get damaged?? "

The big deal is we don't want our figure's arriving damaged and good packaging is not hard or expensive.

"I personally find amiami's over the top packaging a big waste, and way too pricey. And they tend to send boxes that are TWICE the size of all the stuff inside!! The only time they didn't go overboard with packaging is when I ordered 4 scales with huge boxes, which managed to fit the box nicely."

AmiAmi have chosen to use "over packaging" if you don't like their packaging, don't use them or email them and ask for lesser packaging.
The whole point of the box being bigger than the figure's box is to protect them during delivery, it's not uncommon that the outer box gets quite a beating during the trip.

If you're fine with bad/lazy packaging and want to gamble whether you get your figures damaged or not is your choice.
01 year agoKosuraKosura
yeah, I've kind of noticed how crappy their packaging is as well.

They sent me a replacement item (twice for the same one) and it was just the plastic with the figure in a box ... nothing more. So a small push pretty much pushes straight onto the figure.
01 year agohare75hare75
Hmmm I just got my Harvest Moon Miku and I'm totally fine with GSC's packaging. I'm actually very impressed with the packaging - one small manageable box and not too much paper stuffing inside :)
True, I was probably lucky that the outer box was completely undamaged, but what's the big deal if the nendo boxes didn't get damaged??
I personally find amiami's over the top packaging a big waste, and way too pricey. And they tend to send boxes that are TWICE the size of all the stuff inside!! The only time they didn't go overboard with packaging is when I ordered 4 scales with huge boxes, which managed to fit the box nicely.
01 year agomickeydeerhomickeydeerho
That's exactly how my two Harvey Moon Miku's were packaged as well...

Although I didn't mind, but reading your blog, I will hope, in future orders form gsc, won't be like this.
01 year ago (1 year ago)R_KasaharaR_Kasahara ( =₃=)*
Sorry to hear that your Mikus packing wasn't up to snuff, but at least it is better than some of their packing jobs from the past. I'm supposed to pick up mine tomorrow, so guess we'll see how well they did there. Speaking of which, I got two Shiren Nendos from GSC company today and was pleasantly surprised with how well they were packed; there was a roughly even amount of paper on all sides.

Unfortunately, ordering direct from GSC is a crapshoot when it comes to shipping and logistics...

Coffee (1 year ago) #4901656Yeah, sure, I really appreciated what they did for me.
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I've never struggled so damn hard just to get the figure box out of the packaging box.

Got an AmiAmi order this month that was very similar: one item crammed into a box with no padding on the sides. It wasn't anything fragile, so I didn't mind (much), but it was still surprising coming from them.
01 year agoamy616amy616 Let's DANCE
I ordered 2 Miku's from GSC too... I have a really bad feeling about this. I really like Amiami's over-protective packaging because I've been receiving damaged parcels quite frequently these days and Amiami had really thick packaging and none of my items have yet been damaged.
51 year agoCoffeeCoffee
kawaii-lurve (1 year ago) #4895072And so, this is why we have to appreciate Ami's overkill packaging because sometimes, we have to expect the unexpected.
Yeah, sure, I really appreciated what they did for me.
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I've never struggled so damn hard just to get the figure box out of the packaging box.
21 year ago (1 year ago)HobbyCentricHobbyCentric
kawaii-lurve (1 year ago) #4895072And so, this is why we have to appreciate Ami's overkill packaging because sometimes, we have to expect the unexpected.

Bulls eye!..That is EXACTLY why I don't have any issue with AmiAmi's packaging process or extra cost associated with it. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.....It's the only way to be.

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