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  1. i caved and finally got a 1J at a local store for $450

    the store owner happened to be there while i was browsing so i tried to go for a discount. he countered saying it was a first release edition that comes with a stand.

    was there even a 2nd release sans stand? and cheaper?

    about to walk away, he mentioned buying online would entail $30-40 shipping and about $80 in import taxes.

    sounded about right. so the apples to apples price (vs. a web purchase) was now $330.

    still, there was a chance i could've avoided taxes; so back to $410 comparable price.

    seeing i was unconvinced, he threw in the missile set.

    quick check on webstores pegs it at $110-130. but i already have a missile set which i bought for $50, intended for the VF-1S.

    anyway, i took his offer.

    so in the best case, that VF-1J was effectively just $200, and in the worst case $360.

    still unsure whether it was a good deal or not. as you can tell, i'm still trying to rationalize my purchase...



  2. 6 hours ago, pafy6285 said:

    I ordered figures, models, etc quite frequently (there are months that I visit the local PO every week) when I was still in the Philippines, so quite familiar on how Customs work. And all orders that were taxed, it's always around 22.5% more or less. The only additional fixed fee is the PhilPost fee which is around P 100 at that time. When you say being taxed 40%, are you basing it on just the item value or are you including the shipping cost. Note that the BOC base their duties/tax on Landed cost which includes the shipping cost (the shipping/postage cost will always be included by Japan Post in the package so Customs will see that).

    lol! i used to visit my PO so often that now they just send me an SMS whenever i have more than 4 boxes or at least one of them is a month old, whichever comes first. you're spot on with the tax calculations.

    NY price for SV-51 + 3k yen shipping works out to around 17k Php shipped. Add ~4k Php for taxes and the 112 Php fixed postal handling fee, for a total of 21k php. there's a local PO for the SV-51 at 22k Php, less 10% if a member, so net 20k Php. 

    as of late 2016, any importation less than 10k Php item value only (ie. excluding shipping) is exempt from taxes. hence i have since split my shipments into smaller chunks. and high value items ship individually. when i have a big order at NY (eg. to maximize a discount coupon), i then select the ship separate parcels option which only costs a little more.

    BOC occasionally makes errors by computing based on landed cost even if the item value alone is under 10k. i just point out the error to the local PO and they release the package tax free. 

    11 hours ago, ArchieNov said:

    I don't think it's exaggerated. One of the last times I had to pay for import tax was when I got the Riobot Shin Getter from Amiami. The declared value was just around 13-14k php if I remember correctly, but I got taxed around 6k php. And this was already the cheaper tax because Amiami doesn't include the shipping cost in their declared invoice. If I had purchased it though HLJ it would have been even more expensive.

    this is really odd. sorry man, but it really looks like you were over taxed. 

    i paid 3k Php tax for the same item, and my shipments from Amiami, HLJ, HS always had the shipping cost spelled out. in Amiami's case, it's not on the invoice but on the declaration sheet under "postage charges". both pieces of paper are inside a plastic bag pasted on the box.

  3. 8 hours ago, sh9000 said:

    @ScrambledValkyrie and @Major Focker, no payment request for the VF-4 yet from Amiami but I’ll let you know when I get the email.

    thanks. i''ll be on standby. 

    if it comes in this wed-fri though, i may be delayed in responding as i will be travelling somewhere remote at that time.

  4. 19 hours ago, borgified said:

    The EXQ Sheryl Nome Sitting Version is out and no pics of it hasn't been officially surfaced yet (except for the ones that @no3Ljm has posted awhile back).

    EXQ Sheryl Nome V.2 has been sold out on Manda for 1.5k yen.


    NY has it for 2k yen.



    what's the approx scale for this? 1/8?

  5. 8 hours ago, sh9000 said:


     I have a second preorder of the VF-4 x2 at Amiami.  The listed price is 10990 JPY each.  Let me know if you want them.

    may i take you up on that offer?

    missed out on the PO

  6. 3 hours ago, Sanity is Optional said:

    NY finally come through or what?


    3 hours ago, wmkjr said:

    Which shipping method?

    SAL Small Packet x 3.  i actually got the postal notice a couple of weeks back, but was too busy to pick it up at the post office.


    as previously mentioned, now that i have 4 in hand, i will dispose of one.

    if anyone has the Arcadia Altira Island resin model or the VF-171 with Sheryl on the back, maybe we can work out a trade or something.  

  7. On 12/1/2018 at 9:25 AM, milhouse said:


    i like the box. hope they also make a plastic foldable container/crate  down the line.

    NY also asked me for extra shipping. total 7300 yen shipped to Manila.

    it's been shipped but i probably won't see it until 2019. postal services grind to a crawl during December. 


  8. On 11/14/2018 at 4:06 AM, Focslain said:

    While her work in Macross Plus is good, I found her work in Cowboy Bebop and later GitS: SAC to be much better.

    agree with that.

    and while a number may disagree, i also consider her work in Frontier to be better and more varied than Plus

  9. 16 hours ago, Chronocidal said:

    Ok, that just pisses me off.  I sent them repeated emails asking for updates, and they wouldn't do jack about it until I asked about the possibility of reducing my order.. and then they did it with no confirmation from me.

    Tempted to email them and say if they're filling 3x orders, I want my second one.  <_< 

    Bleh.  Probably not worth it at this point.  I think in the grand scheme of things, their lousy customer service is far more upsetting than not getting what I ordered, and even getting another one isn't going to make up for the mess in my mind.

    yeah, i'm just relieved this ordeal was finally resolved. sorry it didn't quite work out for you.

    was sending them emails roughly every couple of months, then weekly last month  when i read in this thread that other members were having their orders filled, and noting that the order numbers and dates were getting closer to mine. 

    i also thought of reducing my order just to make sure i get one. instead, i told NY to send me the 31A's one by one as they become available, rather than waiting for all 3 before shipping. shortly after i got a shipping preparation notice so i thought at least one was being prepped. frankly, i was surprised when the shipped notice came a week later and all 3 were being sent, individually, as well as my Garland.

    so now i have 4 x 31A. contemplating selling the 4th (or 1st, since i had it in-hand sooner than NY's) i got as an insurance, albeit at a premium, to recover the $360 i spent on it.

    i guess i have a few weeks to think about it until the NY orders arrive.

  10. 9 hours ago, borgified said:

    Since than @Petrov27 has gotten his 31a today, the question is - Who are the last remaining members that still have a single order of their copy of the 31a withstanding from NY? 

    my 3 from NY are finally on their way, shipped 11/07/18, ordered and paid 10/27/17

  11. 8 hours ago, Microbe999 said:

    My vf-31A has finally entered shipping stages from NY and I thought it would never happen so hopefully there aren't too many people still waiting on one.

    I was wondering why nobody updates the new toy thread?  What happened to Grand Cannon?


    i'm still waiting for my 3 

    what was your order number?

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