Sorry, but I'm having a really bad day today and I need to vent. After my earlier tirade over Toys R Us' poor selection of Transformers, I tried buying them online to soothe my soul. But Jesus! The selection isn't much better either. I'm looking forward to Generations Thundercracker and Wheeljack. But when I go to Kapow Toys, both of those figures are listed as 'Sold Out'. I mean, we only recently found out that Generations Thundercracker even exists, but his pre-order is still sold out. Not that it really matters. Kapow Toys charges £15 for Deluxes and £3.50 for shipping. So ordering one Deluxe would cost £18.50 or $29, which is just obscene when you Americans can get them for $10 at Wal-Mart. Anyway, I thought about ordering a couple of United Deluxes and Sidearm instead, the total cost of which would be over £50 and grant me free shipping. I put the two Deluxes in the basket and go to order Sidearm. But surprise, surprise, he just sold out! Gah! So before I pursue that, I decide to spend my savings into pre-ordering Masterpiece Rodimus Prime. I browse the site for the listing, but wait - you guessed it - SOLD OUT! Hold on, maybe I can pre-order him from Epicheroes instead. Yes! They have him listed on their site. Now I just have to click here...... Oh God.... SOLD FUCKING OUT!! This is ridiculous. These are pre-orders for Christ sake! If there are a large number of pre-orders, just order more stock! BBTS, TFSource and Digital Toys are still accepting pre-orders for Rodimus et al, so why is the UK left hanging high and dry? And don't tell me I should pre-order sooner. I made that mistake before when I pre-ordered Piranacon and Challenge at Cybertron from robotkingdom.com last Fall. I thought I was getting a good deal on these rare figures, but what I didn't realize was that the UK charges import tax for anything over £18, and the combined shipment meant I had to fork over another £20 just to get my order delivered. Worse, while I was waiting for it to arrive, I went to Auto Assembly 2010 and saw both Piranacon and Challenge at Cybertron being sold by the truckload for the same price that I paid robotkindom.com! So if I had simply waited, I would have got these figures sooner and saved on import tax! And let's not forget Thundercracker. I bought the KO version online a couple weeks ago, thinking that this will probably sell out quickly. A few days later, Generations Thundercracker shows up online! So much for getting a great deal. My misfortune extends beyond Transformers too. I was really looking forward to ordering a Roll plastic kit from AmiAmi, but I had to wait until after Christmas to pre-order because of the X-Mas expenses. Immediately after X-Mas, it's listed as in stock. When I proceed to order it, the checkout mentions "We will not mark your item as 'gift' or undervalue it." This is a problem for me, because I wasn't sure if AmiAmi was going to mark the value at its original price of 3'000 yen or its discounted price of 2'180 yen. The reason I'm worried is because if it's 2'180, it can slip past British customs, but 3'000 yen means I'll have to pay import tax again. So I ask them about the value and wait for their reply. When they got back to me in the morning and said they'd mark it at 2'180, I go to order it again and guess what? SOLD OUT! That really pissed me off. So now it's listed as 'back order' and I've ordered it, but it could take 1-2 weeks just for it to arrive in store - if it even shows up at all. I swear, if I had ordered it immediately, AmiAmi would probably have marked it at 3'000 yen, because that's just how life treats me. I have nothing but back luck trying to support my collection. If I buy quickly, I get fucked over. If I wait and save, I get fucked over. Why can I never get a good deal on these things?