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#61 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:16 AM

I'm charging the buyers the actual shipping costs and just asking them to pay like two dollars for my efforts/service. I think that's an easy and efficient way to do it (flat fee structure) rather than a percentage as others have suggested. Also, I've never had a package lost to customs. I've had a few that got stuck a week or so in customs (when I sent up 5 Gamecube controllers once) but they've always made it up there.

I ship almost exclusively with USPS and never had a poblem. That's odd... I'd never stop my shipping to Canada though despite some of the issues you mention. I figure we can work it out :)

#62 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:22 AM

Just so you guys know, I've put in an order for ten copies of Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 FES and I've ordered 10 of the Weighted Companion Cubes. I'm positive I'll have the SMT's in stock but I'm not sure how long it'll take for the WCC's. I'll keep you posted for sure. The website I'm putting together will make updates (and orders) much easier and semi-automated as well :) Should be up and running in a week or two. ^_^

Thanks for all your support and to those of you who put orders in, I appreciate it. I won't let you down =)

#63 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:24 AM

SMT: N? I'm assuming you mean Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Do you want me to put in an order for you? I saw that they had it available on Play-Asia and a few other places. It's assumed to be a reprint but for a new copy of the game I think it's exciting =)

#64 TIconOA

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:41 AM

Yeah, it's Nocturne! I would love you if you could do that. I can send you a money order once I do my banking, which will probably be on Saturday. Which I guess would mean I would send it out on Monday.

I'd need your mailing address for that, but that'll probably be on your site once you get it up. Or just PM it to me.

#65 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:46 AM

TIconOA, I'll PM you my address for sure. I'll let you know how much it comes to :) Play-Asia isn't usually the fastest website but they're not too bad :) Anyone else want me to order Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne? If I could put in an order for more than one it'd probably be faster and easier for everyone :)

Also, anyone interested in a copy of Ouendan 2? I have a MINT / COMPLETE copy available :) Let me know otherwise I'll throw it on eBay probably ^_^ Keep the orders coming.

#66 TIconOA

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:49 AM

Yeah, I saw that 5-15 days for shipping. Which is alright; FES comes out next week!

#67 Firestorm

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:11 AM

How are you shipping at a reasonable rate while at the same time keeping the shipping costs low?

I have considered what you are doing myself, but Canada's waste of an agency we call customs loses...ahem..."loses" so many of my shipments or delays them weeks and months at a time so often that a $2 or $3 "profit margin" wouldn't come close to covering my risk.

UPS/FedEx have been way more expensive than USPS the few times I've checked into it (especially for small items), and to insure or track with USPS requires the item being registered (automatic +~$12)

I'm not trying to steal your idea here, but for my Ebay shipments moving forward, how are you shipping affordably without taking on too much risk? Currently I'm on the verge of stopping shipments to Canada altogether. 90% of the people I ship to in Canada experience SIGNIFICANT delays, "lost" packages, etc. and complain ad nauseum.


Yeah, never ever use UPS or FedEx to send to use. Always use USPS. UPS (and I believe Fedex) charge like $20 customs 90% of the time. USPS, if you declare as a gift under $50 never charge customs.

#68 gamer602

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 03:42 AM

TIconOA, I'll PM you my address for sure. I'll let you know how much it comes to :) Play-Asia isn't usually the fastest website but they're not too bad :) Anyone else want me to order Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne? If I could put in an order for more than one it'd probably be faster and easier for everyone :)

Also, anyone interested in a copy of Ouendan 2? I have a MINT / COMPLETE copy available :) Let me know otherwise I'll throw it on eBay probably ^_^ Keep the orders coming.



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#69 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 04:36 AM

Shipping for most games comes to about $2.50 to Canada using First Class Mail. Not bad at all. Sometimes (oddly enough) it's actually cheaper lately for me to ship to cities like Toronto than it is to Los Angeles from where I am in the US. I mean, it makes sense since Toronto is a lot closer (distance wise) but still funny.

I will have ALL the information about my services on the website I'm putting together ^_^ Should be up in about a week. Just working on several sections. Lots of work :)

#70 gamer602

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 04:42 AM

No, no
how much do you want for Ouendan 2 shpped to canada?
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#71 AznChaos

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:06 AM

OOhhh would you be able to order a copy of SMT: Nocturne for me? Although if possible it would have to be shipped out at a later date as I mentioned in my PM.

#72 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:31 AM

Gamer602,

Sorry for the misunderstanding ^_^ I can ship Ouendan 2 for $45 total. The game is $40, shipping is $3.00 and a $2.00 service charge. Let me know if you're interested :)

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PS: The game is MINT condition and Complete!

#73 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 04:28 PM

Anyone interested in being a beta user for my new website? I'm going to need someone that has a few minutes to poke around the site and that would be interested in ordering games from Amazon/Play-Asia/etc. No purchase requirement or anything and I'd give you something for your efforts. I need about 5 people so let me know if you're interested :) Thanks!

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#74 maigoyume

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 04:33 PM

i'm up for it, got a few hours to kill
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#75 Phorty Ounce

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 04:49 PM

Anyone interested in being a beta user for my new website? I'm going to need someone that has a few minutes to poke around the site and that would be interested in ordering games from Amazon/Play-Asia/etc. No purchase requirement or anything and I'd give you something for your efforts. I need about 5 people so let me know if you're interested :) Thanks!

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I am up for the beta test. However, I am at school right now. I'll be best available around 4-5 EST.
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#76 Icetron

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:28 PM

Anyone interested in being a beta user for my new website? I'm going to need someone that has a few minutes to poke around the site and that would be interested in ordering games from Amazon/Play-Asia/etc. No purchase requirement or anything and I'd give you something for your efforts. I need about 5 people so let me know if you're interested :) Thanks!

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What do I have to do? I'm up for it but I don't think there's anything I need to order at the moment.

#77 Lone_Prodigy

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:38 PM

Curious, how much would it be to ship a PC game? I know the box is larger than a typical DVD case. Thanks.

Also, goomba, is it possible to buy something online (say eBay) and get it shipped to you rather than myself, then have you forward it to me? The difference is like $15 in shipping for that item. :bomb:

#78 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:07 PM

The beta test won't be open until sometime early next week :) I just wanted a few people who were interested in it. I think you guys will like the site I'm putting together. It's very spiffy ^_^

Also, the beta testers you don't need to buy anything (though I won't stop you if you want to). I just want your opinions on the site, suggestions and things you think I can do to improve it before I open it up to the public. I'm going to be adding on to it every week, but I want to get it working before I show everyone ^_^

Shipping PC games aren't that much more. If I ship it first class it's like $3.50 - $4.00 total to ship. Not bad at all (unless it's some huge special box set).

#79 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:12 PM

Lone Prodigy,

Absolutely about the eBay thing. That's actually one of the things I'm implementing into the upcoming website. By all means, let me know what item you're looking at (send me the number) and tell me what the maximum you're willing to pay. I will put in a proxy bid for you at that price. If it's a Buy it Now (BIN) then it's even easier :)

I realize a lot of sellers won't ship to Canada or charge crazy high prices. I can be your inbetween guy...your "Amerifriend" as someone else said ^_^

#80 Jest

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:30 PM

Goomba, I don't know how adept you are with web development but I know a handy tool that is indispensable for people I know in the industry, and helped me tons in my web classes. Its a FireFox ad-on called Web Developer (https://addons.mozil...irefox/addon/60). I've mostly just used it as a JavaScript debugger but it has a boatload of other features.

#81 goomba478

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:56 PM

Jest, I appreciate that. I'll definitely look into Web Developer :) I'm actually not too bad with PHP and Javascript stuff, but I'm far from good at either (I'm learning). At the moment I'm focusing on PHP and MySQL stuff to build the website and it's coming along very well so far.

I'll be sure to let you guys see it when it's working properly :) Thanks again!

#82 magiic

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:59 PM

Im down for beta too, I'd probably buy things as well
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#83 goomba478

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 05:44 PM

OK, well I'm back from work (I had to work overtime last night and didn't get home until 5:30 AM...eep!) Just wondering if you guys would like me to add any new games to my database for the website I'm working on. So far I have the following:

1) Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne / Persona 3 FES
2) Chaos Wars
3) Weighted Companion Cube

Again, these aren't anything you have to commit to buying :) But rather I'm working on getting content for the site (obviously I'll be adding a whole slew of games in addition to a "request any game/item" section. I just want to have more stuff on the site for when it goes live. Let me know :)

The site itself will offer side by side comparisons of different sites and prices so you can see instantly how much things will cost. Sites includes: My own services, Amazon.ca, Gamestop.com, Play-Asia.com, and more.

Let me know ^_^

#84 Usuyami

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:29 AM

This is awesome Goomba. I will definitely be using your services a lot and soon too. Ohhh this is exciting. It's like having a whole new world open it's doors to you.

#85 magiic

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 04:12 AM

I am pretty damn pumped for this
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#86 goomba478

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 07:18 AM

Yup Usuyami, it really is exciting....*JJ starts to break into song singing "A Whole New World" from Aladdin...* Okay maybe I should stick to sending out games and do less singing ^_^ I think the world will be better off that way.

Oh and GREAT news everyone! My package from Valve just came and I now have 10 Brand New Factory Sealed Weighted Companion Cubes! Let me know if you're interested :) They are only $39.99 including all shipping and fees ^_^

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PS: Website will be live as of 4/24/2008!

#87 kathos

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 11:18 AM

:O What do we have 'ere?

Somewhere better to buy games? I'm in.
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#88 goomba478

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 04:15 PM

What's up Kathos ^_^ Yup, I already have about ten orders now which is a great start considering I don't even have the website live yet. I see also that you have a Companion cube in your avatar picture =) good for you! Welcome to the club ;)

#89 gamer602

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:03 PM

What is a companion cube?
Why is everyone going gaga over it?

Is it just a pillow?
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#90 goomba478

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:19 PM

Gamer602,

If you ever played (and completed) Portal then you would probably be going Gaga over it too. Without giving anything away, it's one of the most influential inanimate object ever in gaming, and it's not just a pillow...it's a 3-dimensional recreation of a beloved friend made out of top-quality fabrics (otherwise known as a plushie/pillow ^_^).

Valve ships them to Canada but charges like $27 for shipping, if my memory services right, which is outrageous. That's where I step in =) If you haven't played Portal...go do it! Easily one of the best games ever :)