Is Hobby Link Japan reliable?

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  1. BuildKing

    BuildKing Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone! I would like to know if any of you ever made business with HLJ and if your experience with them went well(shipping, communication, item well packaged..) ? I saw an item on their website I would like to order but since I don't know them....:peoples:  Thanks!!:thumb 
     
  2. Scourge_151

    Scourge_151 Dangerous when naked! TFW2005 Supporter

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    Very reliable, if you use EMS with them you can track it all the way.
     
  3. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Extremely reliable, I've ordered the whole of Galaxy Force through there as well as a good number of other items. If you preorder multiple items, make sure you don't preorder two items with vastly different release dates. They'll wait for the later release but won't always keep the earlier in stock.
    You can get around that, though, by asking them to "ship all available items now", that usually works.

    Packaging is great, incidentally. Very well packed, everything I've had from them EMS or SAL has always arrived perfectly.
     
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    Yeah, but if you order SAL, expect to wait weeks. That's why I always spend the extra money on EMS.
     
  5. misterd

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    I've not ordered from them in about a year, but I would never consider using anyone else.
     
  6. BuildKing

    BuildKing Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your comments everyone! It's seems that HLJ is indeed a reliable source. Now I should consider ordering the huge Great MightGaine gifset from them...:thumb 
     
  7. Fort Max

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    Great Mighgaine huh?
    Cool choice but be aware that the shipping for that huge set is going to be very expensive.
     
  8. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Great Might Gaine? Nice choice for your collection, if not for your bank balance :) 
    He's one of my favourite Brave robots (don't I say that about all of them?), very nice toys alone or combined.
     
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    On two seperate ocassions i placed preorders for Binaltechs, and was then knocked down to 'back ordered'
    without any notification.

    For instock items, they're good enough.

    I guess.

    Out of the 4 or 5 times i did buy something from them, the packaging wasn't that great.
     
  10. Cast

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    I've shopped with them for about 5 years now, only had one problem in all that time.
     
  11. mr_boogalooba

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    absolutely an amazing place where it's easy to blast the bank funds :)  Anyway, they're always correct and fast with service.
     
  12. Gen. Magnus

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    I've preordered with them twice - once myself and once through a local store. One was pushed to back order and the other they decided was not avaliable. On neither occasion was I (or the store) notified w/o our own searching and multiple e-mails.

    I do plan on attempting to order from them on an in-stock item some times soon so I guess I'll see how they are on in-stock items. The consensus seems that they are great.
     
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    If you pre-order early enough, or even better, pick up one of their Early-Bird preorders, you should have no problems with that. Attempting to order something out of stock (grey square) or backorder (yellow/red square) is not recommended depending on the item, because of the time it'll take to get it in and the high chance that it never will. I missed out on Dark Zagi at retail price because of that...

    Otherwise, I have suffered no problems with them, and becuase most of my orders are of small size/weight (vinyl hollow figures tend to be what I get), my orders average about two weeks for delivery. Don't expect speeds like that for your Great Mightgaine, though.
     
  14. pinoy78

    pinoy78 Shoji Kawamori having FUN

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    I've never had a problem with them.

    But as previously said before go with EMS shipping.

    I've accidently used SAL and had to wait up to four weeks for a shipment to arrive.
     
  15. Red Dragon

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    I use SAL all the time and the longest I ever had to wait for an item from them is a week and a half, I live in Southern Wisconsin by the way.
     
  16. Sol Fury

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    Using SAL for the smaller stuff (Revoltechs, Soundblaster) took me a week or so. Japan to the UK in a week, pretty darn good. I don't think EMS would have been much faster to here in that time given what our customs office is like.
     
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    Not including customs no, but if it can somehow skirt cutoms then EMS is about 3/4days.
     
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    They is awesome.
     
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    I hate to bump and old thread but, how long dose it take for them to ship out something after you receive a confirmation email?
     
  20. pinoy78

    pinoy78 Shoji Kawamori having FUN

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    My last package from HLJ was shipped by SAL (which is the slower of the two shipping choices) and my package arrived in 16 days.

    Pretty fast if ya ask me.

    To get back to your original question it all depends if enough orders have been placed. They only ship when a certain weight quota has been met.
     

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