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Genshin Impact[Prepainted] Ningguang - 1/7th (APEX)

  • TagoMagoMan
    TagoMagoManRegular Boarder • lv8
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    #41
    2 months ago
    Any ideas on how to display this figure? I didn't anticipate the base being as large as it is and it won't fit on a IKEA Billy shelf with the doors closed.
  • flyingteapot
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    #42
    2 months ago
    TagoMagoMan2 months ago#116457517Any ideas on how to display this figure? I didn't anticipate the base being as large as it is and it won't fit on a IKEA Billy shelf with the doors closed.

    If you have one, I think that it'd fit inside a Detolf shelf, but I imagine it'd take up the entire shelf. You could also try placing it above that Detolf; some figures that take up too much space stay above for me. It gets dusty, though, so you have to clean everything regularly.

    I left it on the Billy shelf without doors because I always wanted it sitting on the Genshin shelf there. I haven't bought doors to my bookcases yet, so I'm thinking maybe I'll skip that section when it's time.

    Morliden used to have alternative doors covering half of a Billy bookcase. I'm not sure if the new Hogbo doors they slowly bring in will have that option; but you might consider something like that.
  • TagoMagoMan
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    #43
    2 months ago
    flyingteapot2 months ago#116457570If you have one, I think that it'd fit inside a Detolf shelf, but I imagine it'd take up the entire shelf. You could also try placing it above that Detolf; some figures that take up too much space stay above for me. It gets dusty, though, so you have to clean everything regularly.
    I left it on the Billy shelf without doors because I always wanted it sitting on the Genshin shelf there. I haven't bought doors to my bookcases yet, so I'm thinking maybe I'll skip that section when it's time.
    Morliden used to have alternative doors covering half of a Billy bookcase. I'm not sure if the new Hogbo doors they slowly bring in will have that option; but you might consider something like that.
    Thanks for the advice!
  • _Einzbern_
    _Einzbern_Regular Boarder • lv6
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    #44
    1 month ago
    Gabri4 months ago#114067016Just paid her from Amazon, 309€ taxes and shipping included and now i hope nothing happens during transport and I don't get a faulted copy, I'd be pissed to find her that much damaged/roughly painted.

    If you don't mind, I'd be curious to know how much of that stuff as tax and where you are from, as mine came out to 342€ from AmiAmi and that's with the 3months sea parcel :p
  • Gabri
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    #45
    1 month ago
    _Einzbern_1 month ago#118231359If you don't mind, I'd be curious to know how much of that stuff as tax and where you are from, as mine came out to 342€ from AmiAmi and that's with the 3months sea parcel :p
    It was ¥7544 for taxes, shipping ¥9098
    I'm from Italy, our vat is at 22%, and she was delivered in 4 days I think.
    AmiAmi is never worth it, tbh. Paying Japanese tax over the you own country tax is bs.
  • Merilly
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    #46
    1 month ago • Updated 1 month ago
    Gabri1 month ago#118269591It was ¥7544 for taxes, shipping ¥9098
    I'm from Italy, our vat is at 22%, and she was delivered in 4 days I think.
    AmiAmi is never worth it, tbh. Paying Japanese tax over the you own country tax is bs.


    I also should have waited since she is now up for 2500¥ shipping to Germany from Amazon JP. But to be fair, she isn't sent with another box, so damages are possible for sure. Amazon is generally more generous with returns however and covering returns for damaged goods, even when painting flaws likely will only count if they are above a certain level.

    I honestly started to branch out more toward Amazon JP recently, despite their packaging not being super great. Their base price is often a little more expensive than AmiAmi, but their shipping is often a lot cheaper for DHL Express. Not always but often.

    And overall, not having to pay the fees for the German post office doing your customs declaration (which are over 12€ for DHL Express and 6€ for Air(which currently isn't available)/Surface does add to the amount saved even if it's not the largest factor. But with 10 parcels, we'd still be talking about an additional 60-120+€ of avoidable fees.

    The fact that Air Mail is still not available sucks and it's not their fault. And of course they can't compete with Amazon in direct comparison for bigger things but at this point, I mostly pay the same for Amazon's DHL Express shipping and AmiAmi's Surface for figures. While getting it faster from Amazon and with fewer fees.

    Not to mention I can see the shipping costs ahead of time. AmiAmi always had the advantage of canceling pre-orders but it's just not worth it when I don't really cancel and I can only do so before I know the shipping cost.

    AmiAmi has also gotten a lot slower. Even DHL and EMS are taking them over a week, sometimes even two, to ship, Surface can even take up to a month right now just for them to hand it to the carrier. Air Mail not being available isn't their fault but their slow shipping is. I understood it that they had issues with the lack of staff but over half a year has passed and they still haven't fixed it. They are no longer the cheapest on the market, take incredibly long to ship, they don't charge taxes ahead of time like more and more stores do and the shipping is comparably expensive. Their customer support is also not that great when you actually have a problem.

    So the only thing they got going at this point is good packaging and a nice selection of Chinese goods.

    I've pretty much ordered mostly from AmiAmi in the past 12 years regarding figures, minus some exclusives which had to go through a proxy or Amazon JP, but they've become disappointing the past year. Covid has hit everyone, sure, but other stores manage to ship figures within 3 business days. A lack of staff can also only be excused for so long. It took them two weeks to ship my Ningguang with EMS and that was before the big Christmas rush.

    In general, it's not really all that common that a larger package such as those containing a scale slip through German customs anymore. They changed a lot in that regard and while not all changes were good, I do have to drive way less to the customs office to retrieve stuff. Which are always 90km. So at this point I just want to pay taxes and customs duties ahead of time to save money and time. Saving 30€ once isn't going to save me the 90€ or so of the packages that get struck by postal fees for having to do customs declarations in my stead and that can't really be avoided as they do so without permission. Of the 9 scales I ordered this year, not a single one slipped through, so there's really no point for big stores to avoid joining the IOSS program as it's EU wide. Yes, it is more work. But people are also getting sick of additional costs that could be prevented when we already pay 19%+ VAT plus customs duties above 150€. (5% for figures from Japan.) Not to mention they currently aren't allowed to take money at the door but I have to drive to the post office to pay customs.

    Sorry for the rant there, but the situation with Ningguang really made me quite... reluctant to deal much more with AmiAmi as a whole. Especially after seeing Amazon stock Ningguang again for a way better price which would have saved me 100€ in shipping alone. I love the figure but the circumstances did make me think AmiAmi lost quite a bit of their appeal. They were never super cheap but at least reliable, though at this point, there is too much competition to overlook the other issues they currently have. Especially the potential to simply save 20€ on each order while getting it 2 months faster with Amazon JP in quite a few cases.
  • Devastate
    DevastateRegular Boarder • lv5
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    #47
    1 month ago
    Merilly1 month ago#118284769I also should have waited since she now is up for 2500¥ shipping to Germany from Amazon JP. But to be fair, she isn't sent with another box, so damages are possible for sure. Amazon is generally more generous with returns however and covering returns for damaged goods, even when painting flaws likely will only count if they are above a certain level.
    I honestly started to branch out more toward toward Amazon JP recently, despite their packaging not being super great. Their base price is often a little more expensive than AmiAmi, but their shipping is often a lot cheaper for DHL Express. Not always but often.
    And overall, not having to pay the fees for the German post office doing your customs declaration (which are over 12€ for DHL Express and 6€ for Air(which currently isn't available)/Surface) does add to the amount saved even if it's not the largest factor. But with 10 parcels, we'd still be talking about an additional 60-120+€ of avoidable fees.
    The fact that Air Mail is still not available sucks and it's not their fault. And of course they can't compete with Amazon in direct comparison for bigger things but at this point, I mostly pay the same for Amazon's DHL Express shipping and AmiAmi's Surface for figures. While getting it faster from Amazon and with fewer fees.
    Not to mention I can see the shipping costs ahead of time. AmiAmi always had the advantage of canceling pre-orders but it's just not worth it when I don't really cancel and I can only do so before I know the shipping cost.
    AmiAmi has also gotten a lot slower. Even DHL and EMS are taking them over a week, sometimes even two, to ship, Surface can even take up to a month right now just for them to hand it to the carrier. Air Mail not being available isn't their fault but their slow shipping is. I understood it that they had issues with the lack of staff but over half a year has passed and they still haven't fixed it. They are no longer the cheapest on the market, take incredibly long to ship, they don't charge taxes ahead of time like more and more stores do and the shipping is comparably expensive. Their customer support is also not that great when you actually have a problem.
    So the only thing they got going at this point is good packaging and a nice selection of Chinese goods.
    I've pretty much ordered mostly from AmiAmi in the past 12 years regarding figures, minus some exclusives which had to go through a proxy or Amazon JP, but they've become disappointing the past year. Covid has hit everyone, sure, but other stores manage to ship figures within 3 business days. A lack of staff can also only be excused for so long. It took them two weeks to ship my Ningguang with EMS and that was before the big Christmas rush.
    In general, it's not really all that common that a larger package such as those containing a scale slip through German customs anymore. They changed a lot in that regard and while not all changes were good, I do have to drive way less to the customs office to retrieve stuff. Which are always 90km. So at this point I just want to pay taxes and customs duties ahead of time to save money and time. Saving 30€ once isn't going to save me the 90€ or so of the packages that get struck by postal fees for having to do custims declarations in my stead and that can't really be avoided as they do so without permission. Of the 9 scales I ordered this year, not a single one slipped through, so there's really no point for big stores to avoid joining the IOSS program as it's EU wide. Yes, it is more work. But people are also getting sick of additional costs that could be prevented when we already pay 19%+ VAT plus customs duties above 150€. (5% for figures from Japan.) Not to mention they currently aren't allowed to take money at the door but I have to drive to the post office to pay customs.
    Sorry for the rant there, but the situation with Ningguang really made me quite... reluctant to deal much more with AmiAmi as a whole. Especially after seeing Amazon stock Ningguang again for a way better price which would have saved me 100€ in shipping alone. I love the figure but the circumstances did make me think AmiAmi lost quite a bit of their appeal. They were never super cheap but at lesst reliable, though at this point, there is too much competition to overlook the other issues they currently have. Especially the potential to simply save 20€ on each order while getting it 2 months faster with Amazon JP in quite a few cases.


    I also live in Germany and am really happy that her shipping price went down to 2.5k, since i was really on the fence to order her with her previous shipping price. I've started to use amazon jp since about half a year ago and had only 1 Items shipped with damage, most of the time the packages comes in just fine.

    Even if the base price is higher to start with, most of the time they just order a bunch of the Items anyway and they will go down to -19% from what i've seen.

    To not deal with the whole tax thing anymore would have been more than enough for me already, I had run into many different problems with them over the last year.

    The only thing I think kinda sucks is that not all figures are there, if i want some Alter figures i still have to look for alternative ways to get them for example.
  • Jheila
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    #48
    1 month ago
    If anyone knows where to get the official acrylic display box, please let me know! I got the one for Klee and Keqing, so bummed I forgot to get the one for Ningguang!
    If I could have run away to the sky, or to the sea, I'd have gone in a heartbeat.
  • flyingteapot
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    #49
    1 month ago
    Wait - the shipping price went down to 2500 JPY?! HOW O___O Isn't she still an over 8kg delivery? How can the shipping be that low under any case? What am I missing?
  • ychen1
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    #50
    1 month ago
    flyingteapot1 month ago#118447137Wait - the shipping price went down to 2500 JPY?! HOW O___O Isn't she still an over 8kg delivery? How can the shipping be that low under any case? What am I missing?

    Your suspicions are very justified.

    I took a look myself, and the NingGuang listed on Amazon JP with a shipping of 2.5k yen is very clearly a bootleg. The overall price is much cheaper (around 25k yen), and it is also clearly labeled at the top as some random no-name brand.

    MiHoYo's brand name is also nowhere to be found on that item's page, unlike a different listing of miHoYo NingGuang (with a price tag of 60k yen!!! wtf) which further proves my point.

    Hope that clears things up.
  • Catayoyo
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    #51
    1 month ago
    ychen11 month ago#118447343Your suspicions are very justified.
    I took a look myself, and the NingGuang listed on Amazon JP with a shipping of 2.5k yen is very clearly a bootleg. The overall price is much cheaper (around 25k yen), and it is also clearly labeled at the top as some random no-name brand.
    MiHoYo's brand name is also nowhere to be found on that item's page, unlike a different listing of miHoYo NingGuang (with a price tag of 60k yen!!! wtf) which further proves my point.
    Hope that clears things up.


    Actually amazon jp discounted shipping on loads of b-styles and other figures too. I see Ningguang for 29k with shipping of 2775 to the UK with the brand listed as miHoYo the listing at 59k is “ Brand: langsyne” instead…
  • Nyuuum
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    #52
    1 month ago • Updated 1 month ago
    Catayoyo1 month ago#118450704Actually amazon jp discounted shipping on loads of b-styles and other figures too. I see Ningguang for 29k with shipping of 2775 to the UK with the brand listed as miHoYo the listing at 59k is “ Brand: langsyne” instead…

    Looks like shipping is just really cheap in general to the UK and Germany at least. I checked a random cabinet to ship to Norway and it was 28K to ship and 3K to the UK and Germany. About the same thing with this 1/4 statue ITEM #1602415. Both sold and delivered by Amazon.
  • Catayoyo
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    #53
    1 month ago
    Nyuuum1 month ago#118455376Looks like shipping is just really cheap in general to the UK and Germany at least. I checked a random cabinet to ship to Norway and it was 28K to ship and 3K to the UK and Germany. About the same thing with this 1/4 statue ITEM #1602415. Both sold and delivered by Amazon.

    Yup! Not entirely sure why it dropped so much for the UK and Germany but I’m happy for it XD kinda sad I ordered Ningguang from Amiami with surface now bc I could have saved money AND got her sooner…
  • flyingteapot
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    #54
    1 month ago
    ychen11 month ago#118447343Your suspicions are very justified.
    I took a look myself, and the NingGuang listed on Amazon JP with a shipping of 2.5k yen is very clearly a bootleg. The overall price is much cheaper (around 25k yen), and it is also clearly labeled at the top as some random no-name brand.
    MiHoYo's brand name is also nowhere to be found on that item's page, unlike a different listing of miHoYo NingGuang (with a price tag of 60k yen!!! wtf) which further proves my point.
    Hope that clears things up.


    Nyuuum1 month ago#118455376Looks like shipping is just really cheap in general to the UK and Germany at least. I checked a random cabinet to ship to Norway and it was 28K to ship and 3K to the UK and Germany. About the same thing with this 1/4 statue ITEM #1602415. Both sold and delivered by Amazon.

    Kinda upset about it because like a lot of people, I also paid as much as the figure for shipping =.=;

    Catayoyo1 month ago#118450704Actually amazon jp discounted shipping on loads of b-styles and other figures too. I see Ningguang for 29k with shipping of 2775 to the UK with the brand listed as miHoYo the listing at 59k is “ Brand: langsyne” instead…

    The brand name thing at amazon JP is confusing. They say "no brand" for a lot of official products as well for some reason. I guess listers aren't that careful about these or maybe they're trying to avoid something. For example you can see "no brand" for a lot of prize figures that are official. On the other hand, it would sound risky to me to pay a high price to something that says that.
  • Catayoyo
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    #55
    1 month ago
    flyingteapot1 month ago#118489501Kinda upset about it because like a lot of people, I also paid as much as the figure for shipping =.=;
    The brand name thing at amazon JP is confusing. They say "no brand" for a lot of official products as well for some reason. I guess listers aren't that careful about these or maybe they're trying to avoid something. For example you can see "no brand" for a lot of prize figures that are official. On the other hand, it would sound risky to me to pay a high price to something that says that.


    Gosh I bet :(

    And honestly best thing to do is check for who it is sold by and stick to amazon.co.jp where you can
  • Merilly
    MerillyRegular Boarder • lv9
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    #56
    1 month ago
    Devastate1 month ago#118394542I also live in Germany and am really happy that her shipping price went down to 2.5k, since i was really on the fence to order her with her previous shipping price. I've started to use amazon jp since about half a year ago and had only 1 Items shipped with damage, most of the time the packages comes in just fine.
    Even if the base price is higher to start with, most of the time they just order a bunch of the Items anyway and they will go down to -19% from what i've seen.
    To not deal with the whole tax thing anymore would have been more than enough for me already, I had run into many different problems with them over the last year.
    The only thing I think kinda sucks is that not all figures are there, if i want some Alter figures i still have to look for alternative ways to get them for example.


    She is definitely worth it for that. This way you won't deal with the ridiculous shipping the wooden box caused and VAT will also be cheaper. I think I paid 20€ VAT on the extra shipping alone. I am a bit salty that I didn't wait but with figure aftermarkets being as they are and it not really being clear how many they would make (which were far more than expected), I guess I was needlessly afraid. I'm glad I switched to Amazon for Xiao...

    Definitely. It's sometimes worth to wait since they will have promotions, etc. For example, I just got my Another Sleeping Beauty from Myethos from them and waiting just two days before ordering made her go down 3k Yen. Shipping as usual was fast, packaging rudimentary at best, but I ordered her on the 23rd (24th in Japan) and even with Christmas in-between, she arrived today, a day earlier than estimated. No extra fees, no payment at the door, no going to collect it at the post office. It was really great. I rarely had any iasues these past years since customs did get a little better, bit it also depends on the seller and too many factors. So skipping all those formalities is certainly nice. And I won't have to give DHL Express permission to do my customs declaration on my behalf.

    Maybe I would choose AmiAmi or other websites if I have to fear for a very fragile figure to break. Since getting a replacement might not always be easy if stock is simply gone. And as you said, certain exclusives and brands will not always work. I do hope Amazon JP will get a bit better with how much they're dealing with fragile figures nowadays...




    ychen11 month ago#118447343Your suspicions are very justified.
    I took a look myself, and the NingGuang listed on Amazon JP with a shipping of 2.5k yen is very clearly a bootleg. The overall price is much cheaper (around 25k yen), and it is also clearly labeled at the top as some random no-name brand.
    MiHoYo's brand name is also nowhere to be found on that item's page, unlike a different listing of miHoYo NingGuang (with a price tag of 60k yen!!! wtf) which further proves my point.
    Hope that clears things up.


    As some have already said, it was sold directly by Amazon JP. I doubt they would sell bootlegs. They are not always the best at descriptions and naming their brands however but if I see something sold and shipped by Amazon.co.jp, I wouldn't be suspicious it's a bootleg. At least not more than if I were to buy from another source. I would think Amazon gets their figures directly from the manufacturer or distributor, especially since they are selling more and more figures.

    It also seems to have gone up by 200 Yen or so. When I checked, shipping was a bit above 2500 to my address in Germany and now it's a bit above 2700. Sorry for the confusion there. I should have been more clear I meant she was sold directly by Amazon JP. Otherwise I wouldn't have trusted it either since it wouldn't automatically be sent with DHL Express either if it was another seller, nor would VAT/customs automatically be dealt with. Not to mention that it could have been a bootleg or otherwise untrustworthy seller, as you already said.
  • Gabri
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    #57
    21 days ago
    Nyuuum1 month ago#118455376Looks like shipping is just really cheap in general to the UK and Germany at least. I checked a random cabinet to ship to Norway and it was 28K to ship and 3K to the UK and Germany. About the same thing with this 1/4 statue ITEM #1602415. Both sold and delivered by Amazon.
    The "random cabinet" part caught my attention, do you think they'd be safe to buy from Japan to Italy?
    The shippings are awfully low for Italy too, even with custom duties they still would be much cheaper then anything sold in Italy, but the possibility of breaking the glasses during shipping seem quite bad
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