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Help me decide please

Medon28Medon281 year agoAsk MFC
so i can't decide what to do next.
ever since i started collecting i always used HLJ but now HLJ kinda stopped doing any discount for their products (for example: the latest alter and GSC products, they are just without the taxes) so i went to AmiAmi and compared prices with HLJ. becore the comparission would be amiami being around 500~1000 yen less or so but now the difference between AmiAmi and HLJ is around 6500 yen when i combine my Nov-Dec orders(42500 for AmiAmi and 49000 for HLJ) .
i could ship items using that money or even add little money and get a scale or a nendoroid or two. the only thing holding me back atm is the ability to cancel orders and the private warehouse that HLJ is giving.
so iam lost atm between saving and being more flexible , would you be so kind to help me decide

thanks in advance
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  • 27%Stick with HLJ
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If you were using HLJ, I would stick to it.

Ideally, people should only use AmiAmi If they are sure about their purchases and dont want to cancel and want their stuff delivered pretty much when It comes out. Because Ami doesnt offer private wharehouse, you cant cancel (i mean you technically can but its against their rules so you can get banned easily). Also their boxes are a little heavy bc of the paper but they are pretty safe as well.

In the end you know whats best for your particular situation. If you feel you can handle Ami's more restrictive rules and lack of wharehouse, then sure go ahead.
1 year ago
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1 year ago
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SageGuy (1 year ago) #12139915You can cancel from amiami, just send them an email asking to do so. Just try not to do it too often.

This.
You definitely can cancel with AmiAmi.
They just really don't like it.

I've cancelled four times from them in one year before (needed money and those were the only times I've ever cancelled with them) and they were pretty much just tsundere about it.
I've also had to wait until paydays and had to wait to get a new card in the mail to pay with and asked them to delay my payment and they did. They delayed it by a week.
You just have to explain politely without sounding like a whiny bitch.
Also, adding a 'sorry for the inconvenience' helps.

Also, if you don't want one item in an order of, say, six items, you have to cancel the entire order. So be careful with that.
1 year ago
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Ive always used Amiami. Never cancelled so no problem there.
1 year ago
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Titan_Scientist (1 year ago) #12130840AmiAmi's good, but the lack of the choice to cancel brings them down a bit (and I don't know if you have to pay customs, but AmiAmi's getting caught a lot) in spire of their good prices.
I prefer Big in Japan because of the ability to undervalue (I don't have a problem with paying customs, it's the massive handling fees that are added on that I object to.) If you email them directly, they're slow, but if you include the request with your payment or as a message you can send on the order page, they're fast. They're really fast with proxy orders, though.
I'd say go with AmiAmi for items you're 100% sure you want, and HLJ for anything you think you might change your mind on, allowing you to cancel.


i think i will do what you suggested , just waiting on HLJ reply about their new no-discount policy
1 year ago
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antoniaab Cool Kid
Honestly, I just buy figures for the cheapest I can. That means buying it on amazon (after doing research) or amiami/ HLJ or a similar website or from someone form MFC. So I'd switch so you can get another nendo or something!
1 year ago
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You can cancel from amiami, just send them an email asking to do so. Just try not to do it too often.
1 year ago
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With proper budgeting, the inability to cancel should be a minor issue, and if push comes to shove (which it always can because life can be a prick sometimes) you can always look for someone to give your pre-order to. I personally have no issues with their return policy, though again, I can't really speak for everyone.

For the average collector, I'd pretty much echo Titan_Scientist below. Might as well grab amiami's more generous prices if it's a figure you are like super committed to because it's the best figure of your waifu in all of creation or w/e similar scenario. And for everything else there's mast..... I mean HLJ.
1 year ago
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AmiAmi's good, but the lack of the choice to cancel brings them down a bit (and I don't know if you have to pay customs, but AmiAmi's getting caught a lot) in spire of their good prices.

I prefer Big in Japan because of the ability to undervalue (I don't have a problem with paying customs, it's the massive handling fees that are added on that I object to.) If you email them directly, they're slow, but if you include the request with your payment or as a message you can send on the order page, they're fast. They're really fast with proxy orders, though.

I'd say go with AmiAmi for items you're 100% sure you want, and HLJ for anything you think you might change your mind on, allowing you to cancel.
1 year ago
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I use biginjapan (for figures and pullip so I can "bypass" customs). Ami and BiJ almost have the same prices. I still use amiami because they have a wide range of items: from artbooks to re-ments (and even a pre owned section). In the past I used hlj only for old gundam kits.

ABout BiJ customer support: I've noticed that if you send an email they take 1 week to reply, but if you leave a message in order history (under your order, there is the chance to leave a message regarding that order), they roughly take 1 day to reply. So..

Kouri (1 year ago) #12115016I consider taking a week+ to respond to my emails pretty bad support, but if you have no problems with slow support then it's fine. I personally haven't had any problems apart from that so I can't speak for lost packages and whatnot.
1 year ago
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HLJ because you can cancel.
1 year ago
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