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Pre-Ordering Locally (Pay up front) vs. Japanese StoresComments • Pre-Ordering Locally (Pay up front) vs. Japanese Stores

  • 0pt
    I really like paying upfront, but I also like getting my figure right when it's released so I almost always pre-order from Japanese stores.
    2 years ago
    0pt
    Honestly, I find myself looking more locally these days because of the tanking Australian dollar. It costs just as much for me to pre-order something coming from Japan, even after the inflated price of most Australian retailers. Paying off the order as soon as I order it also makes it easier to know exactly what I can spend.
    2 years ago
    0pt
    I find myself doing business with more US local stores. The figures I'm interested in such as Kotobukiya Bishoujo and Bandai Figuarts, tend to be cheaper at local shops compared to Japanese stores. When it comes to Bishoujo, I usually save $15-20 buying locally and for Figuarts, I usually save around $10. I feel the amount I save is worth waiting an extra month or two.

    I do like being able to pay in advance as it eliminates any stress that happens if something goes wrong financially when it comes time to pay for pre-orders. If I don't have the cash to pay upfront, I just use Paypal's pay 6 months with no interest promo. My orders are always over $99, and paying them off in 6 months time is really easy to do.
    2 years ago
    0pt
    WanderingWastrel (2 years ago) #11030189
    I wasn't aware HS lets you cancel within a few days. Guess their prices being slightly higher than Ami's reflects that.
    maggie (2 years ago) #11032406
    Yep, I also like the CR daily deals. It's pretty much like not paying for shipping from Japan to the U.S in addition to free shipping within the states. I think as many have said, Anime Island is really upping their game with lots of discounts and offering the 20% down payment option. I agree, if you can't pull the trigger to pay in full at the time of purchase, you probably didn't want the figure that much anyway.
    SkyBlue (2 years ago) #11037004
    I have seen quite a lot of comments about the US based stores cancelling orders because they can't secure stock. This seems to happen a lot less with Japanese stores. I've never seen anyone complain about Ami not getting stock. In fact, it seems like more stock comes in even after the figure comes out. Guess it's a risk people need to take into account when ordering from CR/TOM/AI. I haven't had it happen to me yet *fingers crossed*
    2 years ago
    0pt
    I always pre-order straight from Japan store because my local figure shop set their profit margin so high that i could always EMS a single figure and still be cheaper than them. Plus having the figure 3 week earlier, so this is a no brainier for me.
    2 years ago
    0pt
    Crunchy/TOM/Amazon are really convenient for US-based customers; if you're not, your mileage may vary. As for local stores, most of the time they slam you with lots of added costs, so you usually save money by ordering yourself. I don't like the idea either of having a pre-order arbitrarily cancelled because the store was unable to secure a slot. Now THAT would get me mad as hell, and it's a risk I'm not willing to take. Japanese is the way to go for me.

    And free EMS isn't that much of a good deal if EMS shipments are almost sure to be taxed in your country...
    2 years ago
    0pt
    I don't really like paying upfront, but for example, when I got ITEM #246631 from TOM, I paid upfront and the exchange went to shit later. So it was a really good situation in the end, saved myself about ~$70 CAD.

    I usually order from AmiAmi, Manda or sometimes from YAJ using From Japan. However, customs in Canada has been pretty unreliable since Christmas, so I'm always nervous for big orders.

    Lately I've been ordering a lot from my local shop, Navito World. Yeah I get it a couple of months later, but I just ordered ITEM #287730 for ~$10 CAD more than buying it directly from Good Smile. This way, I will 100% avoid the likely customs on it (which would probably be $20-$30), and I support my local business!
    2 years ago
    2pt
    I dont like the idea of paying for the pre order up front. Just because of too many variables that would result in paying for something you may not recieve. Im sure theyre great about refunds in those cases, but I prefer to pay when its ready to ship.
    In that case, my main store is Amiami but Ive also used HLJ and Hobby Search.
    2 years ago
    2pt
    I've been pre-ordering only from Japanese stores so far purely because of the guarantee that I'll get my figures on time without worrying about them cancelling my order or not being able to secure enough stocks (I can be very paranoid XD) The fluctuating exchange rates are frustrating but local stores tend to mark up their prices too which ends up more or less the same with the Japanese store prices (sometimes it even costs more!) so I'll be sticking to Japanese stores only for now :)
    2 years ago
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    sakashi (2 years ago) #11034293I recently have been ordering from anime island due to the fact that you can make payments on your pre orders. It makes it so much easier on me.
    Crunchyroll is good for things that are in stock and sometimes their pricing is good for pre order. I will sometimes go for Amiami when ordering from japan. I also order from their ebay page sometimes cause their items are actually cheaper than the website itself and they offer free EMS shipping.
    I use Hobby Link for my brother with the super sentai stuff which is good due to the fact that they tend to have the items in stock longer than Amiami.
    TOM pricing sometimes turns me away. They tend to be a bit too pricey for my liking.


    Crunchyroll definitely has some great prices for some figures and has a lot available that are sold out on most websites (especially re-releases). They're good with shipping in-stock items, but I've heard some nightmare stories about pre-orders not shipping forever without any notification, or even being cancelled. I'm not sure if they've improved now but I try staying away from them for preorders if possible.

    AmiAmi on ebay is definitely my favorite because of that free EMS, great prices, no tax, and I can pay in US $ rather than JPY. Only problem is the limited variety of figures, and items get listed/de-listed pretty randomly.
    2 years ago
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