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Anyone fancy a starter moving bus set at more than 50% off? 

 

https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?scode=RAIL-04796

 

I did! though i'm not exactly a starter... but that Toei bus, an extra motor, even more tracks and a bus stop at that amazing price is just too good to pass... 

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VJM

Bah, I just bought this yesterday from somewhere else for the usual 20% off rather than 50%... 🙁

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Philphil
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Hey there guys, I've been out of the Japanese N-Scale scene for a while, but (hopefully) I'm coming back into it.

I was thinking about pre-ordering those two new Tomix 209-1000 Chuo Line sets, and AmiAmi seems to be pretty cheap, but from some of the posts you guys were making about them recently didn't sound good, like shipping and other things changed?

Not sure if there is any place that would let me cancel a pre-order if the need arises, but I know Ami doesn't take that lightly.

Does anyone have any more info on all what happened with them, along with a possible recommendation on where I should get these sets from?

Thanks guys,

-Phil

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cteno4

Phil,

 

ive not experienced any new issues with amiami. Been business as usual for my orders from them over the last few years (maybe every 2-4 months). Most vendors don’t like preorder cancels, some say non cancelable on some preorders to be very clear, best to check their faq for the vendor if you are going to make a preorder you may cancel. In the long run probably best to stick to your preorders and put the money aside if you make one and stick to it. Good to develop a good relationship with your suppliers. I think I’ve only canceled one preorder and that was because I made the mistake of forgetting I had preordered an item already, but I was ready to eat it and try to resell if the vendor didn’t do the cancel.

 

i think the amiami stuff you may have been reading the discussion on the collection of Australian gst that some places are doing for Australia (something like $40k of Australian biz per year the Australian gov wants the vendor to collect the Australian gst for them and send it to Australia (as opposed to it getting collected thru Australian customs.) anyhow it’s not an issue for the us. Other issue is some think they collect Japanese gst on offshore orders. Really does not matter, what matters is the price they are selling it to you and if it’s worth it to you. What they want to charge for offshore orders is their business and it’s our if we decide the final price is right for us. Amiami has some of the lowest prices around so moot.

 

take a look at the suppliers forum for uptodate info on the usual suspects. Not much change in hobbysearch, modeltrainplus, poppendetta, plazajapan, etc in the last couple of years. New option is rail Gallery Rokko, but limited selection, but more may be available by contacting them directly. Loco1hobby sadly is no more.

 

jeff

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katoftw

Orher than them adding 10% gst for orders going to Australia. Nothing else has changed.

 

What issues have to been reading about?

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Suica

Haven't ordered from AmiAmi in ages, as Amazon Japan usually has everything I want, at a cheaper price, with cheaper and faster shipping, pre-paid import fees (great for me as a German) and the option to cancel my order whenever I want.

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Yavianice

I am not satisfied with the way they ship their items, but I seem to be the only one with that issue. Items always arrived damaged in some way, even after suggesting a different way to pack. And they overcharge on shipping for no reason, although it was easy for me to get the overcharged shipping refunded. Seems like they do not really read their e-mails or take me seriously. I'm more satisfied with ModelTrainPlus or Hobbysearch. Even though you pay a premium, they are quite flexible and pack better.

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Suica
4 hours ago, Yavianice said:

Seems like they do not really read their e-mails or take me seriously. I'm more satisfied with ModelTrainPlus or Hobbysearch. Even though you pay a premium, they are quite flexible and pack better.

Interesting. Before switching to Amazon, I found that AmiAmi actually charged less for shipping than HS. Also never had problems regarding AmiAmi's packaging. Customer service however I found to be pretty bad with both shops.

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cteno4

Hugh, ive never had an amiami box or contents get damaged, but only maybe 20 or so boxes from them. They usually pack with plastic bags and paper like hs. Their boxes are sturdy (not the flimsy ones plazaJapan has used a lot over the years). Prices for sale shipping have always been in line with other places and a few small boxes have come thru at the 390¥ which I’m not sure I’ve seen from others. Their cs is there but it’s not the communication and information you can get from modeltrainplus, you’re probably not going to beat that!

 

I have had amazon orders come in a very thin plastic bubble wrap envelope for things like Tomytec train boxes in them that got the box crushed but luckily not the train damaged, but was just at the point of it ruining he train. I have to get Casco boxes for them as the Tomytec box was ruined. Sent in a complaint but it happened a second time. Now a bit gunnshy ordering Tomytec from Amazon (usually only do if it’s an outrageous discount or not available frommthe usual sources. Most come shrink wrapped to the piece of cardboard in the bottom of the box. Btw hobby link japan now does this as well.

 

jeff

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Kiha66

On the topic of supplies that we've had problems with, I've recently become a little frustrated with Plazajapan on ebay.  While they are still one of the cheaper and easier places to get unitrack in bulk, every order from them in recent memory has had one or two items missing.  Always smaller unimportant items, like this time greenmax rooftile, but still thats an extra $15 I paid that wasnt included.  I'd still use them for bigger items if they were the best deal, but always check to make sure you got everything you ordered!  They also stopped including a packing slip at the same time the missing items started, which is kinda suspicious. 

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bill937ca

Has PlazaJapan changed ownership?  Its a far bigger business than just the train shop. I don't ever remember receiving a packing slip from them. I would remember because I shred  those pieces of paper.  Anyways I don't like their EMS only train shipping. I can get a better deal elsewhere.

 

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Kiha66

Odd, do you mean the non ebay store?  I only have ordered from the ebay store, and up untill later last year they would include a itemized packing slip with every box I got from them.  A change in ownership could be the cause of the change, although I haven't heard anything about that on their page.

That said they are always quick to refund payment for items not received, although I was also upset I ordered the package on the 24th and it wasnt shipped till the 8th.  

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cteno4

I think I have a vague memory of packing slips for plaza of some sort, but I only order from them maybe a couple or three times a year now on odd bits.

 

i think the ebay shop is/was run from a company with 2 or 3 hobby shops if memory serves me right. Jun use to be the main go to guy there and was very nice and responsive. Btw he use to let me ship anything sal on request as I said I would take responsibility for loss (I trust them to ship it!). Also a few times I’ve been on the fence for a few days on an item at plaza and by the time I decided it was gone. I emailed them thru ebay and they put another one up for sale for me. Too bad they don’t have an export website, but I expect the ebay overhead covers what they would pay for site development, charge processing etc and the hassle of rolling their own. Also so many use them as they like the ebay backup for an import order, so it gets them a market they wouldn’t have with their own site. A lot of us buysers of just a few bits here and there if Japanese stuff seem to use them exclusively.

 

jeff

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bill937ca
2 hours ago, Kiha66 said:

Odd, do you mean the non ebay store?  

 

Plaza Japan has a stand alone website and other eBay stores like Tokyo Hobby.    https://www.ebay.ca/str/Tokyo-Hobby/

 

I've bought from Tokyo Hobby before and got a message from Jun.

 

https://www.plazajapan.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhuvlBRCeARIsAM720Hq_-2-pEHwH9FuvI5PN_1il6K9e4ZPP1vJlBhMKICPvjol94UyQ6D4aAhRaEALw_wcB

 

https://www.plazajapan.com/about-us/

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Suica
3 hours ago, cteno4 said:

I have had amazon orders come in a very thin plastic bubble wrap envelope for things like Tomytec train boxes in them that got the box crushed but luckily not the train damaged, but was just at the point of it ruining he train. I have to get Casco boxes for them as the Tomytec box was ruined. Sent in a complaint but it happened a second time. Now a bit gunnshy ordering Tomytec from Amazon (usually only do if it’s an outrageous discount or not available frommthe usual sources. Most come shrink wrapped to the piece of cardboard in the bottom of the box. Btw hobby link japan now does this as well.

I've had this as well. Also had a Kato train set delivered in an envelope, which resulted in the book case being squashed in several places. I filed a complaint and they sent me another one completely free of charge (train set, not just a box).

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Yavianice
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I received a kato turntable wrapped in bubblewrap once. Not even in an envelope or wrapped in paper, just the original box, with bubble wrap around it held together by some tape, and the address label glued on top.

 

It arrived in pristine condition. Still don't know how that happened.

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chadbag
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I have had two or three smaller Amazon.co.jp orders show up in bubble envelopes.  Never more than a mushed corner to a box and never any damage to the product.

 

Most stuff comes attached to cardboard and wrapped in plastic stuck in a box.  In 3 flippin' days courtesy of DHL.  Speaking of which (DHL), AmiAmi lists DHL as a possibility and it seems reasonably cheap.  I have one pre-order in with them (from my exempt list).  We'll see how it goes.   I've done very little business with them (as they have not had what I needed when I needed it).

 

I've done a lot with HS, a little with MTP, a little with AmiAmi, some with Plaza Japan, and a lot with Amazon.co.jp.  

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Kiha66

I've had packages from AmiAmi usually have DHL as the cheaper option.  I've been really happy with their service, although if I have the choice I'd rather pay $20 sal than $45 DHL.

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