- The-Hurricane • • Regular Boarder • lv18#11 year ago • Updated 1 year agoI Am Offering Limited Proxy Spots From My Own Order! :)
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Yes, it's nearly that time again, time for an upcoming Wonder Festival! I've offered this service to MFC members around five times now, and I've done Treasure Festa as well. Several members from the last WonFes orders are joining up again. So, as usual, I'm going to offer this service again, first come first served! (The quicker you join up the better chance you have for favourable spots if the sculptor won't allow me to reserve items.)
My proxies will be joining Wonder Festival, and I have some slots open for interested members. First thing is first, yes, it is expensive. Between proxy fees, item fees, and shopping fees, your average 10000yen garage kit comes out to around $300 USD in total (plus domestic shipping from me to wherever you happen to be in the world) when all is said and done. Use this as a baseline to decide whether or not you can afford it. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask.
Here is the breakdown for those interested:
-- (???) Base kit price, please use direct 1 yen to 1 USD conversion for this and round up to the nearest dollar, I don't want to have to keep track of fluctuating yen prices, that would add an impossible layer of complexity to an already complex situation. So 10000yen=100USD, 17560=176USD, so on and so forth.
--105USD shopping deputy per-item collection fee
--25USD fragile per-item shipping and packaging fee from deputy to proxy within Japan
--40USD per-item proxy fee (Please note that the proxy and the shopping deputy are two different entities, the proxy is not going to the event, his shopping deputies are, and this is what the proxy charges per kit.
--30USD fragile international shipping fee (What happens is my proxy sends each kit individually in a large, padded box via EMS, since there has been some issues in the past with breakage when they're all packed together, even carefully) to me (the proxy will not be taking individual addresses for this part, so it's unavoidable, I do apologize)
--However much domestic shipping is from me to you. Unless you're getting an exceptionally large kit, a Medium Priority Mail Box should fit 99% of kits, and it's $14 flat rate within the US, $65 flat rate abroad (+ extra for insurance if you want it). Everything is tracked door to door.
--Paypal transfer fees (please use this calculator to figure out your fees! [thefeecalculato...])
--Note: All of this is 100% refunded in the event that your kit is sold out before the deputy can get to it.
(Yes, again I know this is expensive. It's why I continually save every 6 months and basically cut my figure ordering down to almost nothing. As usual I'm planning on getting a LOT of kits this Wonfes! But please keep in mind before making a "omg so much!" type comment that these are garage kits, sculptors make between 50-200 units on average (sometimes even less) and that is it, and they are available for one crazy busy day and then they're done, unable to be gotten via most other channels.(Most of my collection has never even shown up on the aftermarket at all for instance.) These are not like buying a PVC mass produced figure from Ami Ami.
I am in the process of securing multiple shopping deputies. All have extensive Wonder Festival experience, and one of the reasons their shopping fees per item are so high is because they will RUN to each booth, Japanese politeness be-damned. They've also been paid to sit in line for 3 hours early, so they'll be ready to snatch up the kits! The ONLY fees you pay are for YOUR item and YOUR item only. I make no money off of this endeavor, and I only offer people spots because I want to share in the glory of getting garage kits!)
I am NOT selling anything, nor making any sort of financial gain off of this (I'm LOSING money actually, haha, Wonder Festival is hell on the wallet! OTL). I'm just extending the offer of a slot to anyone who wants to join for a chance to get a kit of their choice.
The only money I expect to be paid is for your own individual item and the fees associated with it outlined above, I have already paid the deputies for their time and service, and paid the proxy (who is a friend of mine who is offering graciously to do this for me!) his base price for his time and service.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PAYPAL PAYMENTS: If at all humanly possible, I vastly prefer to be paid via Friends and Family and will not accept Merchandise except under extremely limited conditions. (I'll work with you though if there's an issue, I promise to try and accommodate individual limitations and differing country's Paypal options.) I'm going to be honest here, between myself and the several people who continually order kits through me, we're talking thousands and thousands of dollars being sent through my account that gets marked as "Merchandise", which would easily push my yearly Paypal above the mark for a mandatory tax form being filed from Paypal. I'm just one person doing all this to help share the GK love and I don't really feel like having to keep track of everything just because I'm helping people to purchase kits. This isn't a profit making venture and I'm not exactly equipped to keep track of every transaction like a small business. If this isn't okay with you or your country has issues with Paypal Friends and Family, let me know and I will decide whether or not I can take your order.
I'm currently pushing it this year due to last Wonfes hiking my Paypal total big time, and I now have to tighten the rules a bit. This hasn't proved to be an issue with my regulars as I'm extremely transparent, give updates, and send your stuff out the moment it hits my doorstep (plus they've been sending F&F from the beginning, this isn't a rule change for most of them!), but I understand that this can be an issue for some. Check out my profile and my shop feedback here and decide for yourself if this is something you can deal with. For particularly skittish new customers I'm sure one or two of my regulars won't mind getting a PM asking about my services.
I just want to put out feelers, to see if anybody is interested. Please note that I'll be able to take a grand total of 2 of many individual garage kit sculpts due to the limits of 1-2 copies of a kit per customer many, many garage kit sculptors impose on their work, so I may need to turn some people away if there is repeats of kits. Feel free to ask even if your wanted kit is super popular though, I always try and do my best for everybody and I've scored some majorly rare kits before! <3 I can usually accommodate everyone and this has never been a real issue, it's just something to keep in mind.
1. "But how do I see what sort of kits are available for purchase at WonFes? MFC is alright, but it has a lot of holes in it's collection since it's a system where users need to add an entry, and not automatic!"
Glad you asked, imaginary MFC member! Your best bet to get the most accurate coverage of what will be available is to do these six things:
Check the twitter tag for WF2019S: [ twitter.com/has... ] and the more general "WonFes" tag [ twitter.com/sea... ].
Sift through the two tags on this site: [ fixia.jp/search... ] And this is the more general tag that often catches things that the "WF2019s" tag misses: [ fixia.jp/search... ]
Search fg-site with the following tags: [ www.fg-site.net... ] and [ www.fg-site.net... ]
And, to supplement, do give the MFC database a look-through, search by "Garage Kits > Addition Date > Newest".
2. "About how long does all of this take?"
Well, I'll usually know within 24-48 hours of WonFes whether or not your kit has been able to be obtained, hopefully even sooner than that. If in the event that I don't get a kit, I should be able to refund you within a week.
If you're asking about when you'll see your kit, it usually takes a couple weeks to a month and a half or so at the very latest before everything reaches my doorstep. Everything needs to be packed up on the proxy's end after the kits reach him, then gets sent out to reach me, and finally I'm able to pack everything up, and get it sent out. Times for this are just approximate, however I will say last time I was actually able to get it out in a shorter amount of time than the dates quotes. :)
3. "Are there limits to how much and/or the subject matter of what I can purchase from you?"
No and no. Never once have I had a customer's wallet so massively exceed my shopping deputy's capabilities that I had to say no to something on principle. And to the second question, no, you can get whatever you want. Loli, shota, ecchi, guro, horror kits, hentai, whatever, there are no genre restrictions here, and there is no judgement for the types of kits you want to buy. The only time I would have to restrict a kit purchase is if the subject matter was somehow so obscene that I would be afraid to have it shipped into the US, but I have as of yet to find a figure that crossed that line. However, DO note that I cannot be held responsible for YOUR country's laws. If you want to chance shipping a loli/shota/hentai/ecchi/guro/etc kit and your country has laws that mean they confiscate it, I can't offer refunds nor can I help you try and wrangle with your country's customs. The best I can offer you is that I'll pack "questionable" kits up carefully and individually wrap "problem" pieces to deter casual nosy checkers.
4. "What makes you different from other proxy services?"
A few things in my humble opinion. First thing is first, I hire multiple shopping deputies, which means I can structure the shopping lists of each indivual shopping deputy to maximize chances of getting most kits. I usually have around a 90% score rate and it's not unusual to be purchasing around 40-50 kits all said and done for everyone on the list.
You also get your entire purchase fee back in the event of a kit being sold out and unable to be obtained. No service fee. No Paypal fee. No conversion fee. The deputy's higher "get" prices enabled me to work out a fee system wherein there are no fees for failure to retrieve an item. I pass that right along to you.
I also like to think I'm pretty hands on and helpful. I'll talk with you, help you find what you want, discuss pricing options with the Japanese sculptors for you and generally just do most of the work for you. Since I'm the one who needs to put together the shopping lists, I'm the one who will end up doing most everything. You get to sit back and chill while I keep track of everything!
Please ask any questions you may have that aren't covered here, and I'll be glad to answer them!It's storming tonight...
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