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Looking for legit merch

Postby theaccidentalmimo » June 14th, 2010, 1:31 am

Didn't know where else to put this, but I am looking for legit merchandise for GetBackers and Rozen maiden.

After surfing through tons of anime stores, and finding out that most of them sell bootleg stuff, I'm really not real sure where I can go to get legit. I've had good luck with Amazon in the past with dvds, but I'm questioning some of their other stuff. I'd like to find legit soundtracks and figures. this is also a safety issue, as I know that bootleggers probably use lead paint and other poisions to produce their wares. Anybody know of any stores?
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Re: Looking for legit merch

Postby Slaigar » June 14th, 2010, 1:53 am

FSZ has chosen pretty good sponsors for the forums. All of them are authentic and I use a bunch of them often.

For orders within the US. Amazon and RightStuf are topnotch.

Amazon: stick with what they have in warehouse. They have quite the selection of dvd sets and japanese cds (I bought a few GiTS from them, which were imported from Japan). Also, you usually get free shipping which is always good. When you start buying from the independent stores they got linked (usually used+new copies), you never know the condition or authenticity.

I don't have any experience with these guys, but I've heard good stuff.

For figures, a lot of us order from either HLJ (http://www.hlj.com/) or Hobby Search (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/). Based in Japan, guaranteed authentic and you usually get them a week after the release date. Their international shipping prices are very good. However for extremely big boxes, shipping can get ridiculous (those who ordered the latest Fate and Nanoha figures from Alter know it too well haha). If they have the item in stock and have the measurements of the box, they will state the price of shipping on the item (so no surprises really).

For figures in the US, BigPfeiffer ([http://www.bigpfeiffer.com/servlet/StoreFront) can help you out. He is on the forums pretty often so if you are looking for something, you can send him a pm/email and he should be able to help out.

For cds, games and books that you can't find in Amazon or whatever, Play-Asia (http://www.play-asia.com/) and also Yes-Asia (http://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html) works great. It's usually pretty expensive for cds, but some stuff, there just isn't any other way of getting it. I bought the whole Bump of Chicken discography off Yes-Asia and it totalled around $180, but worth every penny.

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Re: Looking for legit merch

Postby theaccidentalmimo » June 15th, 2010, 12:14 am

Thanks. I'm totally paranoid after googling "anime shops" to find that everybody and their brother was selling bootlegs.
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Re: Looking for legit merch

Postby Susano » June 19th, 2010, 6:27 pm

Heh, Right Stuf is a very good store to purchase from. To be honest, I think they are the best online store I have used online as far as pricing, customer service, and packaging. The only reason I've not purchased as much from them over the past year and a half is because most US anime companies are not releasing anything that interesting for anime right now. They also have some trouble getting supplies for figures since from my understanding, AaaAnime has tossed them to the bottom of their list for supplying goods. So if you want a figure from them, make certain to preorder as soon as it is offered.

Big Bad Toystore is another good figure shop to order from. If you hit their clearance sales right, you can get some amazing discounts on figures. They are very reliable and careful to package their merchandise. I believe they are running a clearance sale at the moment.

For import DVDs, Blu Rays, books, and cds, I use HMV.co.jp. They are fairly similar to Amazon in their packaging and store prices. The nice thing is that they use EMS for shipping, so it's very fast, reliable, and you don't get hit by the false duty taxes that FedEx likes to hit on US customers. You also get points that you can apply to future orders for a discount. If you hit their specials right, you can accumulate a decent amount of points fairly quickly. I've noticed they have also begun to offer preorders on some of the upcoming figures to be released this summer. Most of the figures also have a 10% discount on them.
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