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Originally posted by Medge
Werewolf I had this too with my last order (Mahoromatic), it was sent out on the 10th and I received it yesterday. It seems like they are running a little slow at the moment :)


thanks for that :)
the set i'm waiting on is a Limited Edition (Witch Hunter Robin with the t-shirt and shot glass*), and considering how hard some LE's are to find even just a few weeks after release** i hate it when they take longer than average to arrive.


i take it you've found out about the fun and frolics that is Mahoromatic? (fun series although the "dolls" Pioneer threw into some of the first prints of disks 1-3 were oddly disconcerting)




*although Bandai would prefer it to be called a beverage glass, Jerry Vo is rather adminant about that on the AOD forums :p

**Ai Yori Aoshi DVD1 + box is going for $100+ on Ebay in some cases :eek: (and it was only released in about March), and i've just managed to find a reputable retailer who doesn't charge a fortume in shipping who has Haibane Renmei + box still in stock.
 
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Originally posted by Bartleby
Got my witch hunter robin LE other day :cool:
back on subject i ordered R1dvd from play it was £32.99 and was hit by customs for £9.79 :(


ouch :(

about £5.54 VAT and import, and £4.25 customs if memory serves in regards to the Post Office's fees (i'm sure they are £4.25 for handling, with PF charging £8)
 
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Medge if you can wait on Chobits, apparently it should be released here next year by MVM, no idea of if it will have any cuts (i can't think of anything that would obviously require a cut).

FB is meant to be very good, it's just had a price reduction so the RRP is now $30 instead of $40 per disk, which means in practice you can get it from about $20 per disk + shipping.


One word of advice, all of Pioneer/Geonom (their new name still sounds like something from Bubblegum Crisis), DVD1 + box releases are limited, even if they are not sold as such, so if you can find a retailer with say Chobits 1 + box it might be worth ordering it now and putting off another disk for a while (assuming you get the R1 disks and not the R4 disk + box).
 
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Originally posted by /\/\j17
Ah, stop yer moaning. It too DVDPlanet 2 months to ship my an in-stock copy of Junkers Come Here! (sadly not really worth the wait)

Interestingly it took HVM.co.jp 2 days to ship a Japanese R2 copy of Laputa: Castle in the Sky (learning Japanese so wanted one with Japanese+English dialog AND Japanese subtitles).

On topic though, I would suggest you DON'T place big orders, as it's the higher priced items that tend to attract the most attention. Go with someone like DVDBoxoffice, where the shipping cost is the same for 1 DVD as it is for 100 (i.e. free) then some might get caught, but most should get through - unless you are REALLY unlucky!



i've yet to have any orders from DVDBO caught by customs ;)
hence the reason i use them (and i've not heard of anyone who has)


DVDplanet are awfull, they used to be fairly good, but the past 6 months have seen them go downhill rapidly, i pre-ordered a disk from them about 4 months ago - it's been out 2 months and has been in stock for about that long and it's still not shipped (luckily i ordered it from 2 places as it's an LE).


the reason i'm slightly worried about my dvdbo order is that it's actually been in transit for 13 days now - normally it takes 4-6 days ;) (mind you i won't panic for another week or so)
 
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for DVD sets i would probably recommend either DVDboxoffice or DVDsoon, neither get hit by customs very often if at all.


DVDsoon seem to mark every item in the order at $12 value.


My normaly tip is to look at the price of the DVD's including any shipping.
If a retailer is 20% cheaper than DVDboxoffice after allowing for shipping i'll normally risk them.
If not and they are a company that do get hit for customs a lot (Amazon are awful for customs), then i go with DVDBoxoffice.


One word of warning, once you start getting into anime DVD's you'll probably regret it when you look at your bank balance ;)


Most ADV disk 1 + box are not really that limited.
Most Bandai disk 1 + box's are limited in some form, usually to about 10 or 15k
Almost all Pioneer/Geonom Disk 1 +box are limited, but they don't always say so at the time (examples are Ai Yori Aoshi and Amazing Nurse Nanako neither was announced as a LE and it was only realised after initial stocks started running out).

Almost all "digipacks" and "brick packs" are "unlimited", although some will have an extra for early buyers (something like a signed poster).
Apart from that they are normally standard stock items (things like the Evangelion, Nadesico and Bubblegeum Crisis 2040 Perfect Collections, and the Outlaw Start set).
 
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Originally posted by Medge
Hmmm well my card balance is looking decidedly bigger after this evening. I just thought what the heck I'll order things earlier than I thought. So as of this evening I have gone for:

Chobits: Persocom (V.1) - With Collector's Box
Noir: Shades Of Darkness - Special Edition
Ai Yori Aoshi - Faithfully Yours (Vol. 1) - With Series Box
Witch Hunter Robin: Arrival (V.1) - Limited Edition

Now the wait begins :D

I'm not sure I will regret it just yet, I'm having too much fun. Seeing as I have no other collections then this is something for me to really get into.

I'm trying a mix of DVDboxoffice, DVDsoon and DVDpacific so hopefully all will go well.

The only DVD I'm not too sure on is Ai Yori Aoshi, there isn't a stock status meter on the DVDsoon site, I thought I would chance it. At the end of the day if I don't get the box then I'm not too worried as the stories are more important to me :)

Ah so some of the "Limited editions" are like most other offers then; not so special when you know the stock levels :D

I'll hold fire on Evangelion, Bubblegum Crisis 2040 and Escaflowne then. I'm very impressed with the $51.99 price for the Bubblegum Crisis 2040 set, seems like stonking value for money.

Escaflowne the TV series was a very limited box set release last year (you got the series, a figure and 2 boxes, one each for the series and figure).
However www.rightstuf.com have the empty boxes and often do deals where you can get a bundle of the DVD's and the box at well below RRP, or you cna buy the box on it's own.




Sorry about taking this so far off topic Plexman

i'll have words with the DVD donnies and see if they mind if i split the anime parts of this thread off :)
 
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be warned the Champaigne art boxes (at least the official ones that TRSI sell) are very limited - 1000 for the BGC one, they are very nice though (i've got all 3 official ones).


DVDpacific should be fine for the box, i've just had my Haibane Renmei + box through from them (still no sign of my Witch Hunter from DVDboxoffice), and it arrived fine.
Normally retailers will use a larger cardboard box and put padding in around the DVD sets (which means at worst you might get a scrunched corner or 2 unless the post office have been playing footie).



One word of advice about TRSI they seem to declare every DVD or CD at $5 on the packaging, which is fine for up to about 6 DVD's ($30) but over that and you're likely to get a customs charge and parcel force charge.
The packaging they use is pretty darned good though in terms of protection offered (normally massive amounts of shredded paper between the contents and the outer walls of the packing box).
 
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aye i've had a few mangled boxes through in the past myself :(

normally where the retailer hasn't bothered with any padding, or has just bunged a box set into a jiffy bag (Play.com and my Godfather trilogy when it first came out).



I've actually tried about 15 or so retailers so far, and the only ones i've had have mainly been with speed of shipping (it's especially annoying when you're waiting 8 weeks for an "in stock" item to ship) or customs related ;)
 
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