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    nyugvo6 (1 month ago) #70190187I'm from there unfortunately, you assumed right.
    we should have the same "no tax on hobby stuff" policy america has.
    because as it is now, what they're protecting is nothing. they're fighting the foreign competition by not competing at all. there are no real local retailers in my country. there was one but they decided to throw anime merch under the bus in favor of western ips like game of thrones, star wars and marvel.
    my only chance to buy anime related things is at animecons. I'm there every year, and all I see is the same stuff they couldn't sell 10 years ago. they just raise the prices every year to adjust them for inflation.
    same with the invoice stuff. over the years my packages were getting hit more and more, disregard the shipping method or the price. for a while they left alone sal packages that were under 10000 yen, then I got hit by customs every single month. took long years until I found a good alternative.

    I thought that there were no importation fees on figures due to their history in the past 75 years, though I am no yank so I have no idea.
    I meant the competition thing for stuff in general, not figures specifically.
    Eh, anime has a much smaller fan base in Eastern Europe in general, imo, while the things you listed are popular with more or less everyone. Also, for people from here figures are much more expensive than they are for people from first world countries, so fewer people are ready to spend their cash frivolities like this.
    A few countries in Europe have their own retailers, I know Germany and Austria respectively have their own which stock up with a big variety of figures, however they only have decent logistics inside their own respective countries and shipping from either one of those costs as much as having it sent from Japan. And since they also have to make a profit the figures just get so pricey there's literally no reason to not buy it directly from Japan. Also, the law for VAT in Europe is kind of bullshit, since even if it's already paid once, you might be forced to pay it again since what matters is the country of origin of the product that you buy. Well, it's like where I'm from. Realistically they'd have to nitpick your package a lot for them to actually go through that, so that's just a really unlucky scenario, I believe.
    I've tried the invoice thing twice with Solaris Japan and both figures passed without a problem and got them the next day after they arrived. I think it might not pass if the figure is really big, heavy and comes with EMS, but as they say - hope for the best, prepare for the worst. I have one big figure getting released this month, so I'm hoping I get lucky and it flies under the radar since that would save me a lot of cash.
    1 month ago
    2pt
    Sugar123 (1 month ago) #70152808I assume you're from Hungary?
    Realistically, the reasoning for it so that you don't start importing everything to avoid paying taxes. However, it's not like I have anywhere else to buy these from since local retailers barely stock up on the figures I like.
    They can't make a deal exclusively for figures, since that really is stupid, but even if they could make a trade deal, they won't, since taxes are a way to protect local businesses from being crushed by huge foreign competition.
    At the end of they day, this is why I've more or less decided to stop ordering from retailers who give the real invoice. It's just getting too expensive, especially since the figures are priced by the first world country standard and not my own countrys.

    I'm from there unfortunately, you assumed right.
    we should have the same "no tax on hobby stuff" policy america has.
    because as it is now, what they're protecting is nothing. they're fighting the foreign competition by not competing at all. there are no real local retailers in my country. there was one but they decided to throw anime merch under the bus in favor of western ips like game of thrones, star wars and marvel.
    my only chance to buy anime related things is at animecons. I'm there every year, and all I see is the same stuff they couldn't sell 10 years ago. they just raise the prices every year to adjust them for inflation.
    same with the invoice stuff. over the years my packages were getting hit more and more, disregard the shipping method or the price. for a while they left alone sal packages that were under 10000 yen, then I got hit by customs every single month. took long years until I found a good alternative.
    1 month ago
    1pt
    I almost always ship EMS when I order from Japan so I just figure it's part of the cost of the hobby.

    Though to be more specific, I try to order things in as few shipments as possible. EMS for my normal scale order tends to range from 30-60 USD. So ordering a bulk of items is often cheaper shipping due to the higher starting price point.
    1 month ago
    1pt
    I definitely consider if it's worth the cost after shipping, but I tend to buy smaller-scale figures so shipping isn't much. I've always paid less than $15, save for two times that TOM mandated $30 EMS for larger items, but that was "refunded" in TOM points. I think I'd seriously reconsider buying a figure if shipping alone was going to be $40+, unless it were some kind of grail statue.
    1 month ago
    1pt
    i just lump shipping with the figure cost and i see in my cart if i'm okay with the price. i haven't really bought from a ton of overseas sites. i'm in the US, so some places have stuff more expensive but it's easier to get, and shipping can be free depending on what store you go to.

    but also, depending on how rare the figure is, you might have to bite the bullet if you won't be able to find the figure again. BUT i also say you might find a figure in better quality down the line, so it's a dangerous game.
    1 month ago
    1pt
    I usually add $20 for shipping when I think about the total cost and try to decide if I want a figure. But the most I ever paid was $40 as EMS was the only choice. I tend to do RSAL for everything except scales since they are expensive and I worry ( usually do airmail or EMS).
    1 month ago
    2pt
    With Mandarake, usually I try to bundle extra smaller stuff in the order to help justify the shipping. I'm pretty much okay with shipping as long as it isn't more than the item itself. Though with figures I usually tend to get on the after market.
    1 month ago
    1pt
    skylinedo BANNED
    you have to look at your preorders with the company for that month.

    hobbysearch actually lists the box dimensions and weight. but you can generally guess based on the scale and pose

    I have a cm tape measure handy.

    I also have amiami's most commonly used boxes with the invoice still attached (which has signatures, orgin, packing list, price, tracking # etc.

    Amiami is generally good at packing efficiently but sometimes they royally fuck up b/c a smaller box down can be safely used if they would just turn the figure over/etc thus costing me more money!

    I use registered/parcel SAL first priority. Unless fragile then I go EMS

    Seems a bit excessive but I used to work in shipping and had to know even the daily exchange rates to give accurate quotes!

    Oh and if delays, you gotta recalc all over again!
    1 month ago
    7pt
    Shipping is part of the cost of the figure for me too. The first time I bought from Mandarake I was thrilled with how reasonable the price was. And then I got the total with shipping and my heart sank a bit xD but I'm getting these shipped halfway around the world in like 4 days (EMS) so I've just accepted the extra cost. I generally know what to expect now in terms of shipping price because a lot of my figures have similar box sizes. As long as the total is within my budget, it's a deal

    I buy locally when I can but that just isn't an option for most of the figures I want unfortunately.
    1 month ago
    4pt
    Like Esvald, I count shipping as part of the total cost of the figure. So yes, I have passed on figures because I simply didn't consider them to be "worth" the shipping fee. But sometimes figures are just cheaper on Japanese shops compared to local retailers, even after shipping has been factored in.

    That being said, I would advise you to check locally first (e.g.: buy-and-sell apps). My country has a pretty sizable figure-collecting community, which means many collectors are perpetually selling their "old" figures. About half of my collection has been purchased locally, so I've saved quite a bit on shipping—especially for heavier figures.

    gwendal738-2 (1 month ago) #70152847
    The problem lies with FromJapan and their ridiculous shipping restrictions (aka no SAL if you use buyer protection and all that), which drives up the price of my shipping to insane levels whenever I buy from surugaya or toranoana


    Agreed! Their forced EMS is incredibly annoying, which is why I stick to the basic forwarding plan for most of my orders.
    1 month ago
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