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Posted 11/15/14
I like Yes Asia for music CDs. Since they deal in US dollars there's no dumb "transaction fees" to worry about and there's no surprise in the cost, which is nice. Free shipping is available for orders over $39.

Amazon.com also has a lot of third party sellers located in Japan so that's a great source for used CDs (that look brand NEW in almost all cases).

J-Box (All Ages Site)/J-List (Adult Site) has quite a bit of merchandise. I don't buy a lot of merchandise outside of music CDs, but I like getting gashapon (WITH the coverings) and key chains every once in a while.

I have used CD Japan in the past and like them for the most part. BE CAREFUL when doing pre-orders though! Recently I had an order that had a pre-order. I had selected SAL as my shipping option because I HATE paying for shipping unless I absolutely have to. The pre-order put the order over 2kg or whatever the limit is for SAL and CD Japan wanted my permission to "upgrade" my order. Unfortunately, the shipping cost went from 2,200 yen to 6,500 yen so there was NO WAY I was going to agree to that so my order had to be cancelled. (If it has been 1,000 yen, I would've been OK with that, but not THAT much!) I was more than a little ticked, but I realize it wasn't CD Japan's fault since they have to guess the shipping cost with pre-orders. At least they told me before trying to ship it out. Some people like tracking, but I want the cheapest option. CD Japan has lots of shipping options available and sometimes they have nice bonuses that you won't be able to get anywhere else. They have customer service in English.

Pretty much I want customer service in English because when there's a problem I want to be able to communicate. No English support, not worth it to me.

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Does anyone have any suggestions for people who live in Australia? Even just ordering things from the US cost $40-$50 in shipping which is enough to make anyone sad. Australia in itself is also quite expensive. I tend to only buy from a local shop which sells manga, anime, games, figma and so forth since they do tend to have some decent deals at times.
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TokyoPop is a great Site.
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Posted 11/15/14

kokorowohiraite wrote:

Does anyone have any suggestions for people who live in Australia? Even just ordering things from the US cost $40-$50 in shipping which is enough to make anyone sad. Australia in itself is also quite expensive. I tend to only buy from a local shop which sells manga, anime, games, figma and so forth since they do tend to have some decent deals at times.


I would still suggest Amiami for pre-orders/new releases and Mandarake for older items. Shipping will be kinda pricey depending on what option you choose, but the figures won't get much cheaper than finding them on those sites.
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IshokuOsero wrote:
If you wanna windowshop just use the search function on myfigurecollection.net. Then you'll know exactly the figures that are out, and people sell their old figures there too. I've gotten quite a few things there that I couldn't find anywhere else, and for great prices too! Secondhand is love. =)

Nice, thanks for the tip, I found the Rokujouma no Shinryakusha figure on there too http://myfigurecollection.net/item/243771


Art-chan wrote:
I have used CD Japan in the past and like them for the most part. BE CAREFUL when doing pre-orders though! Recently I had an order that had a pre-order. I had selected SAL as my shipping option because I HATE paying for shipping unless I absolutely have to. The pre-order put the order over 2kg or whatever the limit is for SAL and CD Japan wanted my permission to "upgrade" my order. Unfortunately, the shipping cost went from 2,200 yen to 6,500 yen so there was NO WAY I was going to agree to that so my order had to be cancelled.

Thanks for the warning, I'll keep that in mind.
Posted 11/16/14
AmiAmi, sure they overcharge for shipping but dem prices doe.
HLJ because I can cancel shit without and repercussions.
And J-List for random shit even though they overcharge EVERYTHING. I shop at J-List probably less then 10% of the time.
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Posted 11/16/14

Yuki_Narukami wrote:

AmiAmi, sure they overcharge for shipping but dem prices doe.
HLJ because I can cancel shit without and repercussions.
And J-List for random shit even though they overcharge EVERYTHING. I shop at J-List probably less then 10% of the time.


I think J-List is a place to go if you have money to burn ("gotta spend this, but where??") and is just looking for any random stuff to buy for someone else as a novel gift (e.g. Hello Kitty Toilet Paper). I find it difficult to look for something specific on J-List... Then again that might be part of their plan- To get to you endlessly buy random stuff
Posted 11/16/14
yeah i think cdjapan is best
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I started collecting figures about a year ago. Currently i own 24... I use amiami for my figures.

I use these 2 sites to look at recently released figures and upcoming ones that i might want to buy later
http://www.nekomagic.com/
http://www.otakuhq.com/figures.php
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Posted 11/16/14
Mainly, I get things from Amazon. I don't know what else is reliable. :/
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I used cdjapan before but I've been only using amiami for a few years already, it might be just me but I like to pay for my merchandise when it's released not as soon as I do the preorder.
Posted 11/18/14
I use CDJapan I love their service and never had a problem with them.
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Posted 11/18/14

NintendoFan05 wrote:

Mainly, I get things from Amazon. I don't know what else is reliable. :/


The most "reliable" source would be a physical store that you can get to... Although those aren't cheap of course.

I used to go to Nikaku Japan Arts (Nikaku Animart) when I was in college, sometimes just to browse. They never update their website though, so the site is kinda useless.
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Posted 11/21/14
When I absolutely have to have a figure and I know its going to hard to get, I order it from Hobby Search http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/
Otherwise I pre-order it at Anime Jungle in Los Angeles.

(I have the Miku racing Miku + Bike on pre-order with Hobby Search right now.

Hobby search is a Japanese store where you are guaranteed to get an authentic figure.
Anime Jungle is a Japanese figure store based in Osaka with a store in Los Angeles. I live an hour drive from the store, so I have never used their mail order service.

Ps. I really wish I had bought the underwater Miku when it was on sale here on CR a few months back... CR has some good prices at times.

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Posted 11/21/14
This has been really helpful folks I may have to check some of these sites out.
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