Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sat, 7 Aug 1999 00:00:29 -0700


>In a message dated 8/7/1999 12:53:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>gusjae@channel1.com writes:
>
>> Just got this from HLJ. Keep in mind that this order was placed months ago:
>> >MDWMAG9906 Dengeki Hobby Mag. 99/06 Dengeki Hobby Mag. 99/06
>> 1 piece(s) @ 680 yen each = 680 (From Order No. 00135725)
>>
>> Merchandise Total: 680 yen
>> Shipping Charge: 1090 yen
>> Total: 1770 yen
>>
>> Your order was shipped via: UPS
>> >
>> The book's price more than doubled due to the freaking shipping!!!
>> I can buy a DHM here for lease than $14!
>
>You should contact HLJ and ask them why shipping was so much.

Because they used UPS on all orders to the US. NO CHOICE FOR CUSTOMERS,
PERIOD.

>That sounds
>like HLJ screwed up on the shipping. I used the Currency Converter and that's
>about $9 shipping for an about $5 book, it sounds like HLJ screwed up big
>time! I was only charged about $6 shipping for a 1/144 Turn A kit and 8
>Gundam Markers.

Keep in mind the magazine is thick and should be heavier than your order.
I was charged 940 yen for 3 SD Gundam kits, and they are nowhere close to
half the weight of a copy of Dengeki Hobby.

>I've noticed mail ordering's better to do, when you have more
>then two items to order.

That's not entirely true. It's only worth your while if your local dealer
prices their items on X times Japanese price. If all they do is slap on a
fixed "handling fee" despite the item's price, it is usually cheaper to
buy locally than to buy from HLJ. Placing a big order will only save you
money if they are expensive - if you are ordering a bunch of SD Gundams,
you will get screwed compared to ordering a couple MG or PG kits.

Eddie

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