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Pre-ordering: From Good Smile or a partner shop?Pre-ordering: From Good Smile or a partner shop?Ask MFC

NeighborhoodskelNeighborhoodskel7 months ago
So I've decide that once ITEM #879097 goes up for Pre-order I'm going to order her. I've never pre-ordered a figure before so was wondering, is it better to Pre-order straight from Good Smile or go via a partner shop (Animegami, Animuk etc.)?

I'm more concerned about price (as a broke student (´•ω•̥`)) I'd like to order her as cheap as I can. As well, I want to consider how easy it is to order, as again, I've never pre-ordered a figure before.

Thanks so much for reading and let me know what you think.

EDIT: Thank you for all the advice in terms of pre-ordering! Unfortunately, due to the price of ITEM #879097 I will no longer be pre-ordering her, I will however utilise the advice in my future figure endeavours ╰(✧∇✧╰)
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galablue7 months ago#75453467If you're concerned about price, don't order directly from GS/GSUS. It'll be cheaper to order from a place like AmiAmi or a shop that has better shipping to wherever you are (Europe). Also I've heard some shops will devalue a package so you have to pay less in customs, but you'd have to ask others about that as I'm in the US so I have it easy.YuRiPa7 months ago#75454313Other good shops in Europe are Archonia (though they tend to be pretty expensive nowadays, which is a shame, they used to be my nr 1 shop to go to for years), Anime-Figuren.de and Sukipan. Anime-figuren is a really cheap shop too with flat shipping rates to EU countries. Sukipan is really good too and has very fast customer service. :)
Is Yorokonde shipping still only 10-11 euros to NL? That's quite a lot cheaper than the German shops I go to, so maybe I should give them a try sometime, though their prices are similar to anime-figuren. I always thought the shipping info was outdated, since it says at the top of that page that prices are valid from 2012... :p
D_A_R7 months ago#75453686I can highly recommend yorokonde. The most items I checked we're about 30-50 € cheaper compared to other german shops. Sometimes they have even better deals. One scale I bought there was 80-100€ cheaper than everywhere else and it wasn't a sale, it was just their regular price.
You could also check www.worldwideto... - from my experience those 2 shops have the best prices in Germany. Sometimes they also have really good deals on figures with damaged boxes. Of course they check the figures to make sure nothing else is damaged.


Cheers!
7 months ago
YuRiPa7 months ago#75454313
Is Yorokonde shipping still only 10-11 euros to NL? That's quite a lot cheaper than the German shops I go to, so maybe I should give them a try sometime, though their prices are similar to anime-figuren. I always thought the shipping info was outdated, since it says at the top of that page that prices are valid from 2012... :p

last time I ordered with them in 2017, I paid 9,90 shipping + 0.99 transaction fee
7 months ago
Other good shops in Europe are Archonia (though they tend to be pretty expensive nowadays, which is a shame, they used to be my nr 1 shop to go to for years), Anime-Figuren.de and Sukipan. Anime-figuren is a really cheap shop too with flat shipping rates to EU countries. Sukipan is really good too and has very fast customer service. :)

Josine7 months ago#75452086In addition to what others already mentioned, you can also look into other European webshops. I think the one with the best pricing is Yorokonde (a German webshop), though I don't know how much shipping would come out for you (I know for me to The Netherlands it's about 10-11 euros).

Is Yorokonde shipping still only 10-11 euros to NL? That's quite a lot cheaper than the German shops I go to, so maybe I should give them a try sometime, though their prices are similar to anime-figuren. I always thought the shipping info was outdated, since it says at the top of that page that prices are valid from 2012... :p
7 months ago
I can highly recommend yorokonde. The most items I checked we're about 30-50 € cheaper compared to other german shops. Sometimes they have even better deals. One scale I bought there was 80-100€ cheaper than everywhere else and it wasn't a sale, it was just their regular price.

You could also check www.worldwideto... - from my experience those 2 shops have the best prices in Germany. Sometimes they also have really good deals on figures with damaged boxes. Of course they check the figures to make sure nothing else is damaged.
7 months ago
If you're concerned about price, don't order directly from GS/GSUS. It'll be cheaper to order from a place like AmiAmi or a shop that has better shipping to wherever you are (Europe). Also I've heard some shops will devalue a package so you have to pay less in customs, but you'd have to ask others about that as I'm in the US so I have it easy.
7 months ago
Josine7 months ago#75452086In addition to what others already mentioned, you can also look into other European webshops. I think the one with the best pricing is Yorokonde (a German webshop), though I don't know how much shipping would come out for you (I know for me to The Netherlands it's about 10-11 euros).

Thank you, I will have a look!
7 months ago
In addition to what others already mentioned, you can also look into other European webshops. I think the one with the best pricing is Yorokonde (a German webshop), though I don't know how much shipping would come out for you (I know for me to The Netherlands it's about 10-11 euros).
7 months ago
tharglet7 months ago#75439363I see you mentioned a couple of UK stores...
One thing to bear in mind is if you order from the Goodsmile Shop or AmiAmi you will need to pay import charges. It can sometimes still work out cheaper than buying direct from UK sites. Shipping for one Figma is typically pretty cheap - if you're doing registered SAL, it shouldn't exceed ¥1,200.
If buying from GSC/AA, then the import charges will likely be 20% of the item value + £8 RM handling fee (for goods, VAT is supposed to apply to the postage, but it's hit and miss if they bother).
There are shops that can fiddle the paperwork (Solaris, Big in Japan and a couple of others), but this is at your own risk. And VAT fraud.


That's why I asked, it seemed cheaper to order straight from GSC than order from any of the UK sites. I think I might consider Amiami at this point, I don't wanna risk being accused of VAT fraud ( ゜▽ ゜;).
7 months ago
Lien7 months ago#75439785If you're from the UK
You will 100% get custom charges when ordering from GSC or amiami
I suggest buying her from biginjapan


Thank you, I'll have a look at BiginJapan.
7 months ago
If you're from the UK
You will 100% get custom charges when ordering from GSC or amiami
I suggest buying her from biginjapan
7 months ago
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