With GCU the collection is only $20 more than vanilla, you can't go wrong whether you like the arm or not
It's $32 more. If you're getting a GCU discount on the CE, you're getting the discount on the standard version.
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Posted by BrandonJF on 18 January 2015 - 03:05 PM
So people complain that scalpers are bad because they aren't buying them for the "right reason" yet people who buy them to keep them in packaging are also buying them for the "wrong reason." Scalpers see them as a way to make money and collectors see them as something to keep in their packaging and display in some neurotic OCD exercise.
By definition the real reason for buying these is to use them in games, so in my opinion, scalpers and people who keep them in their packaging are equally wrong/right.
I can't distinguish between them, I'm sorry.
Where is this "definition" you're speaking of? Given that they have almost no use "in game" for most of us, that wouldn't be a great selling point. Besides being able to create Smash Bros. ghost data, they are also figures. People collect figures. It's been going on for many, many years. You can still look at the figure while it's in the packaging. It still serves a purpose.
Posted by BrandonJF on 10 January 2015 - 12:34 AM
I'm not seeing it in a search, so hopefully there isn't already an existing thread - I just noticed that BestBuy.com is throwing in a $10 gift card with "Saint's Row IV Re-Elected & GAT Out of Hell" right now. This looks like one of those gift card deals where they are going to ship the gift card before the game even comes out.
With GCU, this ends up being $39.99 with a $10 gift card. Otherwise, $49.99 with a $10 gift card.
Posted by BrandonJF on 12 December 2014 - 02:16 PM
It is unbelievable how hard Nintendo's made this whole process for everybody. I don't understand how they could've predicted the demand. Companies pay consultants a lot of money for this kind of thing and with the way it is right now Nintendo is definitely losing out on money from many potential customers due to availability.
I doubt it. Nintendo probably didn't factor in the crazies (I count myself in that group) who only want something that's hard to get. I had an interest in these things, but decided I had no room for them and could live without them. Then they started selling out. Now I have all of them except for one.
I can see why Wii Fit Trainer, Marth, and Villager would be the least popular wave 1 characters. They should've had lower manufacturing runs. The problem is just compounded by flippers who sniffed out the lower run and started buying them out. These figures are readily available.... on Ebay. The flippers just moved them from retail shelves to Ebay.
Posted by BrandonJF on 05 March 2014 - 10:32 PM
Amazon has fulfillment centers out there that pack well. I used to receive items primarily from one that did. That changed when they opened a new fulfillment center closer to my location.
I don't doubt that some people can have a positive experience with Amazon's packaging. But, they have no standard across their fulfillment centers. The one that almost all of my orders come from (Chattanooga, TN) is horrible.
Posted by BrandonJF on 13 February 2014 - 04:21 AM
From their twitter link.
It seems they immediately sold out as of Feb 6th. I can't find any post stating when they opened namco site for orders. I believe the CE sold out well before they even had a chance to announce, and instead just verified that it was sold out.
A bit bummed out myself, I thought I preordered the CE in my local GS last year - just for them to tell me that it was in fact the vanilla version today V_v.
There weren't ever any additional pre-orders open after the additional 3,000 announcement. I had been checking the Namco site since the announcement and the only thing that has been stated on the listing is to check the facebook pages for availability and there haven't been any updates. Maybe the 18,000 number was just to fulfill preorders.
Either way, I'll be surprised if Amazon doesn't end up having some to sell on or around the release date due to cancellations or declined credit cards.
Posted by BrandonJF on 11 February 2014 - 03:43 PM
So after all of the Bravely Default shenanigans with amazon and its shipping system, I want to know how amazon is with bigger collectors editions, like Tales of Xillia's CE. Did anyone order that from amazon and what condition was yours in? The reason I ask is because I have Tales of Symphonia preordered there and I dont want to get a damaged CE.
They'll be forced to ship it in a box since it's much larger than the Bravely Default CE. That's where the good news ends, though. It's rare that you'll see special care taken to protect the CE from damage. They may throw in a couple of air packets. My Xillia CE arrived in pretty good shape - there was one slightly crushed corner, though. It's possible that happened in the fulfillment center, too.
But, I don't think Amazon packages those larger CEs any better/worse than any other retailer. IMO, everything should be packaged so the item isn't touching the sides of the box. Nobody really does that in my experience. I ordered that $10 Aliens Colonial Marines CE from Gamestop and it came in a large box with no other packing materials. It still miraculously arrived in perfect condition...of course the $10 Aliens CE would arrive in perfect condition.
Posted by BrandonJF on 07 February 2014 - 06:48 PM
They are sending me a replacment and told me to keep the damage one
Another thing about Amazon is that when they do send replacements for items that were damaged due to inappropriate packaging, the replacement gets sent in the exact same packaging. No extra care is ever taken for shipping replacements. Replacements rarely solve the problem.
Posted by BrandonJF on 07 February 2014 - 04:06 PM
Guess we'll be seeing some action on the AMZ warehouse thread then. Sorry to hear about your bundle. NewEgg and Amazon are permanently off my list when doing collectibles because of their inconsistent shipping practice. I spent the extra time to go to GS usually to pre-order because of this. Usually go as early as I can on release day to choose the best one out of the bunch of pre-orders.
Yeah, I don't know which one will be worse in this case if Gamestop ends up slapping their price tag on the box. I don't know why I haven't learned my lesson with Amazon and these CEs.
Posted by BrandonJF on 07 February 2014 - 03:40 PM
I just got my Amazon order delivered. No surprise. It was shipped in an envelope. It doesn't look awful and I'm sure there will be some store copies that will look similar. I mainly just have some minor stress creases in a few areas. I was expected corners to be smashed up, so I guess I'm lucky?
There was one time Amazon actually smashed a CE box to get it to fit into a smaller shipping box. They never learn (or care).
Posted by BrandonJF on 05 February 2014 - 05:54 PM
Well, I canceled my combined FF13/FFX and proceeded to place individual orders. FF13 went through no problem, but I can't get X to go through for some reason. I make it all the way to processing order, it looks like it's processing, then shoots out a nothing page. No order history either, but I do have an authorization on my card.
Love these guys.
If you see the authorization on the card, you should eventually get an order confirmation and the order will show up in the history.
I can't even imagine how that site works - the last time I placed the LR/FFX orders, I immediately received an order confirmation e-mail for LR, then didn't get anything for FFX/X-2. I saw the authorization charge on the card, but the order wouldn't show up in my history. I received the e-mail the next day and it then showed up in my order history.