Buying Transformers on Taobao

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  1. ShadowOfSilver

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    The site is "2.taobao.com" As for buying from there, I have no clue because the desktop version of the site doesn't even have a search bar.
     
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    I have to skip the omegas for now. I don't have the shelf space for bots that big.
     
  3. connseanery

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    Note this week is golden week holiday in china. The warehouses just have skeleton crews so probably won't start shipping out until Saturday or next week.
     
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    @botfan did you preorder FT20 part B? If so, what seller?
     
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    So today I checked my tracking and out of nowhere, I got *all* the updates that I should have gotten a few days ago. The package was already in the US and had been attempted to be delivered at my place yesterday. If I had known, I would have stayed home for it. In any case, the package ended up taking only a week and a half to get to me in Texas. Here's my final tracking updates for future reference:
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    Once I go the post office today and get my package, I'll make another post on how well everything was packaged, any QC issues I can immediately notice, and give my final recommendation on the seller. Super hyped to get my guys at last!!
     
  6. botfan

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    I skipped the preorder for B.
     
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    Got the package! It was very basic, no extra foam, bubblewrap, or "nuggets" inside. Just a box with the figures' boxes tightly fit inside quite perfectly. That's fine for me though since it probably cost less to ship that way. I have all five of my guys now and the QC is pretty good across the board! Thousandkills has a crazy amount of lube residue on his right gray armature, but that kind of stuff doesn't bother someone like me. lol. Whirlblade and Take-Off are perfect as far as I can tell, along with the IF Arcee and Starscream. I HIGHLY recommend my seller for looking out for me throughout the process, keeping me informed of availability dates, and shipping very quickly. Their English isn't perfect, but is more than serviceable. Final total was $231 for everything. @botfan Here's a link to their page:

    首页-银河之力 动漫模玩-淘宝网

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    Thor Toys will have their FT20 part B in stock next week. Unfortunately they will only sell you part B if you ordered part A from them. They're requiring that you buy them together. Is this the norm for Taobao sellers?
     
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    Awesome, I'll post them on the OP.
     
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    minstral Back on the TF bandwagon after 6+ years off

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    Dang! Paid for my shipping last Sat and it's stuck because of the week long mid-autumn festival. Thought I'd managed to squeeze it in. Next week I guess
     
  11. ChromeMagnus

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    Maybe you can add these too.

    Here's another good seller. He helped me with my first Taobao purchase...FT Phoenix. English is just ok but he's very helpful
    首页-变魔toy-淘宝网

    Here are other good sellers sellers I've used.
    I got my UT MP Swindle & Brawl from this seller
    首页-Good Boy玩具店正版变形金刚圣斗士-淘宝网

    Got my oversized Tanaka MP11 Starscream
    首页-佳木模玩-淘宝网

    Grinder X and Grinder v2 dino head
    首页-君悦玩具团购店-淘宝网

    KO MP Ratchet
    https://shop116697884.taobao.com/sh....0.0.12900a45XbPIA9&user_number_id=2423976461

    KO MP Inferno
    https://shop70153007.taobao.com/sho...2.0.0.12900a45XbPIA9&user_number_id=683495160
     
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  12. ChromeMagnus

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    My latest stash will arrive tomorrow! Finally. I wonder if everything will be in a large box or in a potato sack. In any case it'll include FT20 Part A!
     
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    Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday. Talk about a way to kickoff the weekend.
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    smkheidze GEEEEE-WUNNER MOFO!

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    very nice.
     
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    But why they come in hasbro or takara boxes?
     
  16. ChromeMagnus

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    They use whatever empty boxes they have on hand. It's more cost effective to re-use old boxes.
     
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  17. ChromeMagnus

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    I'm seeing some sellers now taking preorders deposits for FT-05 blue Soar 3issue (2nd reissue).
     
  18. ChromeMagnus

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    I just ordered FT-20 Part B from the same seller as part A. B came to $94 before overseas shipping. The total I've spent for both parts should be at $300 or just under it. It is well worth it IMO. A $10+ savings is worth it.
    I also got an oldie but goodie. The Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide book for just under $12 which is a STEAL compared to what Ebay and Amazon is charging for the book.
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    I decided to go with the faster EMS shipping on this order this time instead of JCEX/USPS. Why? because it turns out the cost difference between the 2 shipping options was less than $1!!.
    Hopefully EMS has their stuff together and is operating at normal capacity.
     
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  19. minstral

    minstral Back on the TF bandwagon after 6+ years off

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    I similarly picked up a TF book but the Visualworks version in Chinese. I think it will look good in the cabinet with an acrylic stand. There's little out there on the way of review or content summary of the Masterpiece book so would be interested in your views of it once it's in hand. I also picked mine up the visualworks for a steal so am happy
     
  20. ChromeMagnus

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    I picked up the Visualworks 2016/2017 Chinese text reprint a few months back on Ebay before I got into Taobao. It definitely has it's place among tf books.
    The thread is here: Transformers Masterpiece Official Guidebook
     

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