AmiAmi - Experiences

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  1. Inikalord

    Inikalord Legal Binding Contracts

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    Hi all!

    I was thinking of pre-ordering something online but right now it's only availible on AmiAmi.

    I was wondering what poeple's experiences on TFW2005 have had with AmiAmi? Are they good? Bad?

    I want to know.
     
  2. Roanstalker

    Roanstalker Great Baan Gaan fan

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    Very good. And their prices are usually quite reasonable. Only problem is preo-orders for popular items disappear very quickly.
     
  3. Takara_destron

    Takara_destron Mainly lurking these days

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    Never had any problems with them. Its definitely my immediate go-to place for Japanese imports now. But as Roanstalker said you have to be really quick off the mark for preorders on the more popular items.
     
  4. Mumps

    Mumps <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and

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    Amiami is very good, if what you are looking for is only available there, go for it! They are super reliable.
     
  5. Liokaiser

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    Amiami is the best in the anime business. Nuff said.
     
  6. ComicGuy89

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    AmiAmi is excellent, with some of the best prices around. The ordering process is usually a breeze, with speedy e-mail confirmations. They ship pretty fast too, so you can expect your item within a predictable timeframe. While I haven't preordered from them, I hear that they are great at meeting preorders, unlike a few other online stores.

    My only problem with AmiAmi is that they run out of stock TOO fast. If you're outside the Asia Pacific region, it helps if you're nocturnal. When you see an item you want on AmiAmi, GRAB IT.
     
  7. Paladin

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    They do an excellent job most of the time.

    However, when certain high-demand items come into stock they are usually overwhelmed by the attempts at purchasing which results in crashing & near-immediate sellouts.
     
  8. autobotblaster

    autobotblaster Y U NO!?!?!

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    i just ordered something, and im not sure if its real (the price makes no sense) so i ordered it and im unsure if its actually the right product (but there was only one so i jumped on it). does Amiami let you cancel an order (just incase)?
     
  9. arhra

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    As others have said, they're mostly excellent (and their prices are usually unbeatable), with the small problems of certain things selling out ludicrously fast (I'm not sure I've ever managed to order a KR Figuarts from them, and I'm 0/3 on the Tiger and Bunny ones so far), excessive traffic crashing the site when there are highly anticipated preorders going up, and rather inconvenient update times for those of us in the western hemisphere (as a Brit, I have to be awake at 4-5am to catch their updates...).

    The other thing worth noting is that they don't really have any kind of account/order management system - they send you emails at every stage of the order (order acknowledgement, order confirmation, payment request, shipping notification, plus usually notifications of substantial changes like delays, bonus items, etc), but there's no where you can go to get a list of what you have ordered, etc. So make sure you keep those emails. And you might want to keep notes on what you've preordered and when you're expecting it to come in. Also, this means that any changes you might want to make to your orders (ie, combining orders to ship together, changing shipping preferences, etc) is all done via email (and you can choose to combine orders when placing one, if you know the order# of the order you want to combine with).

    Oh, and they do not like people cancelling orders. Make a habit of it (or fail to pay on time repeatedly) and they'll blacklist your account. Being a regular customer gives you more leeway, apparently (I've never actually cancelled anything myself, though), and always make sure you have a good reason for cancelling, rather than "lol I decided I didn't want it".
     
  10. Switchblade

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    This sums up my thoughts, too. I've never had a bad experience with Amiami. I have cancelled a preorder before, but I've bought from them enough that they didn't care. I do wish they got larger stocks, but they're usually my first choice for picking up anything from Japan. Unfortunately, since I mostly collect Figuarts that means I rarely get to buy from them anymore.

    I also love how they'll combine shipping for multiple preorders if they all come out in the same month. That is really nice, as is the fact that they offer registered SAL, which I like better than normal - the tracking numbers they offer are useless as they never update after collection, but I like knowing that if I'm not home the package will be safely taken back to the post office instead of left on the step (which has never gone bad for me, in fairness, but it just feels safer).

    So yeah, tl;dr version: amiami rocks, give them your money.
     
  11. pinoy78

    pinoy78 Shoji Kawamori having FUN

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    They've taken ALL of my big ticket purchases away from HLJ.

    Now THAT's saying something.
     
  12. Matrix Soul

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    AmiAmi is one of the most reliable source out there, if you ordered something with them, VERY rarely would they not be able to fill your order (it has happened once or twice, but not nearly as much as HLJ, especially when it comes to their Gokaiger items).

    Their shipping can be kind of high though, because AmiAmi use a larger than necessary box to make sure that your item is safe.

    Keep in mind about other's warning about canceling item and not paying on time, because they can and will probably blacklist you if you make it a habit, this is not BBTS where you can cancel on a whim, if you order with AmiAmi, unless you simply don't have the money because you lost your job or something, you should commit to buy.

    Their customer service is on par with BBTS most of the time, I've heard people who had gotten defective items and ended up with a whole figure to replace the defective one.
     
  13. ComicGuy89

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    This is true, items can get out of stock even while you're confirming your shipping address.
     
  14. Razerwire

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    They're my go-to place for Japanese items. Never had a bad experience with them and will continue to get my money.
     
  15. Matrixbeast

    Matrixbeast Here comes a thought

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    Straight up, the only reason they don't get MORE of my money is because they run out of stock so quickly :lol 
     
  16. QuinJester

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    Amiami is one of the largest retailers of Japanese products in the world, if not THE largest.
     
  17. iflabs

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    Yeap, lost out on Japanese exclusives quite a few times due to limited stock. *shakes head*
     
  18. 13DINO

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    So after reading all of these, I take it that AmiAmi is much better than HLJ? Cause I am also wondering where I should go buy some KR Stuff. HLJ or AmiAmi.
     
  19. guard convoy

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    top notch, the majority of my orders for japanese figures come form there

    and i LOVE their pre-order system, they give you a week after it arrives to pay

    if ami ami has a pile of loot system it would be PERFECT

    if i can get it on ami ami, i buy it there
     
  20. Matrix Soul

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    Well, they SORT OF have a POL system, it just last for the month rather than whenever, these huge AmiAmi boxes are legendary LOL
     

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