Even though these were ebay purchases I'm talking about, I wanted to post this somewhere so others might benefit.
I've purchased several small figures from Japan in the last few months, and these are how many days they took to get to me. Many Japanese sellers on ebay say that SAL takes 3 to 5 weeks, some say 2 to 4 weeks.
Japan to US via SAL:
-29 days -17 days -7 days -20 days -10 days -9 days
Overall, pretty crazy how much it varies. I did check, and all of these were definitely sent SAL.
I'm off-topic again, but I still don't know if this deserves a separate topic or not but...
I bought something from Japan on ebay that was mailed July 29th, and it arrived August 4th (today). That's only FIVE DAYS (days the mail runs... I don't count Sunday in this case).
Do they charge anything extra if you order from the Kokura store? I want to order only one item and it is about JPY7000. Also, do they help you undervalue it?
Since you're over 5000 yen, you're free at least from the 500 yen handling fee that every store uses.
Only thing I can remember from experience would be that different stores may charge different prices for shipping, hence why I stated Nakano was my preferred store to buy from.
Don't know about under-valuing items but to me I don't think they would go along with it. If you really want it as cheap as possible, go for SAL shipping. With SAL though, it's gonna take a lot longer than DHL or EMS.
LOL, no i don't work for manda... if i did you would NEVER see the good stuff... at least not cheaply. To my knowledge the strict stores will not lower it even if requested, yes they respond to questions but 9/10 times by the time they respond the thing you wanted will be sold
yeah... when i first started oredering from them i was dropping $500-1000 per month ordering almost daily...for 4 months... when i realized how much i was spending i halted and now its around 1x$50-75 order per month/2
It's especially bad when you've already ordered something from one of their stores, decide to have a random search for something specific and it turns out they have just what you are looking for, now you feel compelled to buy it so that someone else doesn't snatch it up.
If I wasn't saving up to spend it at the yearly con I'm always going to this year, I'd have probably blown it all on Mandarake long ago.