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galabluegalablueVor 3 TagenAsk MFC
hi all,

so i am pretty new at ordering stuff (lol). i usually order from manus or from normal people who have used figures. but i want to widen my variety because i noticed a lot of stores have better deals than the manufacturer does (like tokyo otaku mode with their point system, but is it still worth it even if you are not a member?)

anyway i wanted to ask, what stores are good for people who live in the us? a lot of people told me to shop on solaris, but then someone told me that's typically for people overseas because they do something with import tax at customs (which us doesn't currently have).

so anyway please guide a newbie!

thank you in advance
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I mean, just because Solaris has a feature that makes it good for buyers who have to deal with customs doesn't mean that it isn't good for buyers who don't. That'd be like saying a restaurant must have bad burgers because they also have a good vegetarian menu.

Still, all these retailers have different things about them that make them good for different buyers. As just one example, I like knowing what the shipping cost is right away and paying up front, so Solaris is great for me, but some people like paying on release, so AmiAmi is better for them. TOM is a whole thing that you'll have to read about and work out for yourself, and there are other shops (Akiba Soul, JFigure, BBTS, etc.) that will all have different stock, prices, and shipping options. Luckily MFC has resources to help you make those decision--each retailer has a thread in the forums, separate reviews, and you can search the articles section for more info. (Articles like BLOG #44281 take a lot of effort--use them!)
Vor 2 Tagen
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YangWen-Li (Vor 3 Tagen) #71240973Snip

Yes! I also vouch for BigBadToyStore. If you can deal with delays in releases (since they ship from the US) then they're your people. Can't beat $4 shipping.

Rightstuf is my second favorite US shop followed by Crunchyroll. :)
Vor 3 Tagen
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I order from amiami every month so they're my go to! I love checking out their pre-owned section too because sometimes you find great treasures for great prices :D
Vor 3 Tagen
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Amazon Japan can be amazing. They often will have the cheapest price and they have DHL ultra fast shipping as a standard and it's very cheap. I've started using them more and more. They have good customer service in English too, if you need it. I can't say enough good things about BigBadToyStore, I love them and the fact they get almost all the P-Bandai exclusive stuff (though it is marked up significantly, but you'd have to use a proxy service to get anyways, so roughly the same). Amiami is the go-to standard for figures, I order a bunch from there. I used to use HLJ a ton, but I haven't used them in a while, I just couldn't ever get used to their website, they are still a good choice to use.
Vor 3 Tagen
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I buy a lot from private Sellers, and Mandarake. AmiAmi is good too, but I tend to not use them as much.
Vor 3 Tagen
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I've ordered from BigBadToyStore several times and have always had a good experience. Their Pile of Loot is a really nice feature.

I get most of my used stuff (AKA unopened, package damaged) from Mandarake and have been happy with them. EMS shipping has gotten to me (in the US) in 4 or 5 days without fail knock on wood

I had a good experience with Lunar Toy Store. I preordered one figure from Crunchyroll and it went very smoothly but they really need to start using bubble wrap.

If you're preordering there's also the "should I pay for this now or wait until the figure is released" struggle to consider. A lot of US based shops (from my limited experience) request payment upon ordering, which I personally prefer but I know a lot of people like to pay when it's released. It's a good idea to check the shop's policy on that beforehand
Vor 3 Tagen
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TOM, AmiAmi, Mandarake (I've ordered from most outlets without issues), BigBadToyStore, AkibaSoul, MyKombini, eKnight, Surugaya, Solaris, KotoUS

And not stores per se, but Amazon or eBay is fine provided you exercise a little caution
(ie. no "Shipped from Tokio (sic), Japan" listings)
Vor 3 Tagen
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Kirin Hobby (somewhere in N. California): don't know if they're still around but suggest you avoid mail ordering from here ever. Don't purchase unless you can walk in, view merchandise, walk out with it physically. Their site always had OOP figures at reasonable prices but customer service is non-existent, won't answer phone or email, won't communicate about PO other than computer generated answer onsite, won't ship. Had to have cc company refund my account over item Kirin said was available (sold out everywhere else legit) but never shipped. To Kirin's credit they did not dispute my claim. Some cc's give seller every right to contest refund for 30-60 days afterward for reverse capture.

BigBadToyStore has good service and do offer lottery prize figures for sale. BBTS prices aren't that outrageous. RightStuf doesn't handle prize figures and with certain scales their price not only reflects their cost incurred shipping item to US from overseas distributor but TRSI tacks on an added-on surcharge over and above shipping USA when you checkout; is that charge for cost of cardboard and packing labor? Lunar Toy Store: have had good luck with them but they don't communicate much if at all if you're inquiring about figure releases and where's my stuff.

Used to use AmiAmi exclusively but suspect the 10% consumption tax has become built-in on their pricing of new scales so have cut back considerably on purchases. AmiAmi preown is a great source plus AmiAmi allows combining. This store will hold your orders up to entire month if certain preorders are to be released end of same month. I've never been shorted on AmiAmi PO's or orders. I appreciate their packing even if it might seem excessive to other MFC collectors who use site. AmiAmi may drag out negotiations re damage in transit. So far I have not had to fathom that aspect of them for damage compensation. Simple breakage they will expect you to man up and fix the item yourself.

Mandarake: tried them a few times but stock always disappears next day = apologies but no sale. Big In Japan: has been reliable for me but have noticed lately they sometimes ship scales 30 days behind AmiAmi shipping of same item. Could be a cashflow issue with tolerate distributors abroad?? HobbySearch: you have 1 week or more to cancel w/o repercussions but once PO'd they seem intolerant of cancellations. I have used them more than AmiAmi since Japan upped the consumption tax. CD Japan: have had good luck with them. TOM: I don't use enough to justify membership or coupon-clipping; in fact I don't understand their entire cost saving program at all so I just go elsewhere bc I'm lazy. HobbyLinkJapan: another outfit I've cut back on bc I never learn in time when they have desired items for PO. Either I'm always too late on PO or the 45-day warehouse hold is 3 days shy of an oft postponed PO release so I get to not only wait but pay for separate shipping both items too (not HLJ's fault as this can happen on POs). Play-Asia (Hong Kong): had good luck getting Limited-Exclusives here when all the other places that offered such were sold out but the last L-E PO'd I got refunded instead 60-90 days after Japan release with an apology. Of course, release as LE was nowhere to be found even offered at a premium...boo hoo. Nippon-Yasan: some MFCers avoid, some of us use them. Often N-Y can access Limited-Exclusives whereas other shops cannot or won't sell abroad. N-Y has a tendency to lower the scale price onsite but make up for reduced markup in their cost to ship to you overseas. Gotta watch 'em like a hawk, lol.
Vor 3 Tagen
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Somewhat tough questions as it sort of come down to preferences and personal experiences. I would recommend HobbySearch as it is my to go store. Easy to browse and slightly less price than AmiAmi. However shipping packaging can be decent at times or worrisome if you feel there was enough protection for your products. Also I believe a week ago someone asked a similar question like this, but not U.S. based. Best of luck figuring out which shops suit you.
Vor 3 Tagen
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I second bigbadtoystore (and Lunar toy store) - there customer service is amazing. I just had an issue where the figure was missing a part. Emailed them after work Wed and was like okay I won't hear back until friday. Figured I would have to send the figure back. Nope, heard Wed night, was told to go ahead and keep the figure, got shipping on friday and its at home waiting for me. They use fedex tho so I find it to be a litttttle slow but overall super super happy with them. Most of my orders are through AmiAmi though like 95% of them.
Vor 3 Tagen
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