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The ordering, shipping and arrivals thread

Discussion in 'General AKB48 Discussion' started by Kyobu, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Ezia

    Ezia Kenkyuusei

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    Teacher Teacher Types B, C and D arrived from Amazon.co.jp today, three days earlier than the estimated delivery date. The Sousenkyo Guidebook came as well, despite the international shipping restrictions Amazon Japan has had recently. Happy all round and off to use my votes now. Type A from CDJapan should be arriving in the coming days. Four votes will suffice for me - I'm oshiless and have a lot of favourites, so I'll probably just be a dirty, dirty vote spreader this time around.

    Pictured: Teacher Teacher regular edition B, C, D (each comes with a sounsekyo voting ticket and a photo), Sousenkyo Guidebook, Amazon.co.jp exclusive Teacher Teacher bonus photo. As always, please excuse my terrible photography (if you can call it that)
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    It is once again time to shift my 48G CDs along to make room for new arrivals...here are a couple of photos of all my current 48G CDs, comprising AKB48 (albums, stage albums, a live CD, and at least one version of nearly every single), SKE48, NMB48 (singles and albums), HKT48, AKB sub-units (Team Dragon, Fairy W!nk janken single, Not Yet, WH/WH7), AKB soloists (Mayuyu, Acchan, Wasamin, Erepyon), and then one Nogizaka46 and one Keyakizaka46 CD, but not any of the albums I own that come in DVD-sized boxes, nor any of the books, DVDs, BDs, etc. Not pictured: I'm a little bit of a collector and might have a problem [hehe] Thankfully (?) I don't quite the funds to buy every version of every sister group/sub-unit/soloist release and 46G, or I probably would...

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    @David61 Great finds! I definitely need to visit a Book Off to plug some of the gaps in my collection. I hope you had a great trip to Japan.
     
  2. infinitehippos

    infinitehippos Kenkyuusei

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    A few things .....

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    Nogizaka48 20th Single - Synchronicity - Types A-D
    HKT48 11th Single - Hayaokuri Calendar - Types A-C
    AKB48 52nd Single - Teacher Teacher - Types A-D
    =Love 3rd Single - Teokure Caution - Types A & B

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    AKB48G Sousenkyo 2018 Guide Book
    Team 8 4th Anniversary Photo Book
    Oya Masana (ex-SKE48) 1st Photobook
    Nishino Nanase (Nogizaka46) 1st/3rd Photobook - Watashi no koto
    Misc magazine

    NGT48 2nd Anniversary BD set
    (Also picked up the birthday concert BDs for Tsukino Moa (Kamen Joshi - Armour Girls), Satsuki Mine (Kamen Joshi West - Easter Girls) and Nozaki Waka (Kamen Joshi Trainees)

    edit: You don't have a problem until you no longer put CDs on shelves and instead they go into large storage boxes because the amount of space required is just to much. Also I don't know if I would recommend going to Book Off any more (this is in no way related to me going to Japan later in the year and wanting there to be things left for me to pick up cheap!;))
     
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  3. Ezia

    Ezia Kenkyuusei

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    Spoke too soon, Teacher Teacher Type A arrived from CDJapan today as well (pictured with the CDJapan/Neowing exclusive photo). Airmail has always been sufficient with me for SSK singles from CDJapan, though I would probably go for EMS if I were ordering more than two at a time as it would probably be over the VAT limit in the UK and I'd have to wait for Royal Mail to inform me I have to pay a fee and then go and pick it up and lose a few days that way. I would definitely not recommend SAL for SSK singles or anything else time-sensitive.

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    Nice haul! And yes, my little collection definitely pales in comparison to yours! Always nice to see your additions as well. If you ever wanted to open a small 48G museum and charge a small entry fee for us to browse your photobooks and watch your DVD/BDs, I'd be there [hehe]

    I did buy the cabinet in my previous post purely because it fit all my 48G CDs and gave me room to grow the collection. The bottom shelf has some of my DVDs, including the Request Hour sets (which I always wait to buy second hand as I find you can get them for about a tenth of the price for the new set).

    And feel free to go to Book Off and rid the stores of their 48G holdings - I'm not going to be able to visit Japan until next January or February, by which time they'll hopefully have replenished some stock!
     
  4. infinitehippos

    infinitehippos Kenkyuusei

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    The SSK singles I normally go with Amazon JP as that means DHL so it comes to the UK in two days, (normal CDs I get one at a time with SAL from CDJapan so it's under the Customs threshold).

    The shipping cost maybe higher than CDJapan (for some methods) but as you tend to pre-pay the Customs with Amazon then you don't get the extra Admin fee charge you do with RM or Parcel Force so ordering multiple CDs together can work out cheaper.
     
  5. Ezia

    Ezia Kenkyuusei

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    Yeah, if I'm buying multiple copies, I tend to get one version from CDJapan so I can get the exclusive photo and then the other versions from Amazon (including one with the Amazon exclusive photo) so they can all come as one without any fuss. If I didn't care about the extra photo I'd just get them all from Amazon. Really there's not a huge amount of point to getting the extra photo anyway, I could probably just buy it from someone else later if it meant that much to me, but I enjoy it this way and it works for me. If I were really dedicated though, I would get one copy from HMV and Tower Records and so on and collect them all!
     
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  6. Tsumu

    Tsumu Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    AKB48 52nd single [Teacher Teacher]

    Regular Edition types B, C and D. Backside pic. Yuiyui reasons.
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    Mukaichi Mion
    Iwatate Saho
    Yamada Kyoka
    CDJapan bonus
     
  7. infinitehippos

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    A few things ...

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    Hiragana Keyakizaka46 1st Album - Hashiridasu Shunkan - Type-A
    Nogizaka46 - Nogisatsu Vol. 1
    Sugai Yuka (Keyakizaka46) First Photobook - Fiancee
    Kashiwagi Yuki - Idol Tanjo! Konna Watashi ga AKB48 ni!?
    Various Magazines
     
  8. infinitehippos

    infinitehippos Kenkyuusei

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    And a few things since the last post ....

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    Keyakizaka46 7th - Ambivalent - types A-D
    Nogizaka46 21st - Jikochuu de Ikou! - types A-D
    SKE48 23rd - Ikinari Punch Line - types A-D

    Have to say I'm really liking the Nogizaka releases this year.

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    Nogizaka46 - National Tour in The Summer of 2017 FINAL! IN TOKYO DOME BD [Limited Edition]
    Takahashi Juri 1st Photobook - Aimai na jibun
    KEYAKI: 2018 Summer Tour Memorial Book
    Nogizaka46 "National Tour in the Summer of 2018" Official Book (anan magazine special issue)
    Various other magazines
     
  9. infinitehippos

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    So got back from Japan the other day and picked up a few things whilst I was there ... didn't get to seen anything '46 or '48 group related (although did go and see Kamen Joshi a few times).

    Things purchased out there was as follows:

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    Some of these were purchased second hand (via Book Off etc) and others were purchased new, (a month of Prime on Amazon JP and shipping to the hotel worked well for the normal discounts they give on things).

    I was slightly shocked at how poor the SKE48 shop was this time ... normally I pop in and pick up a few bits of merchandise if I'm in the area but this time I just picked up one photo set (of Kuma-chan) as there was just nothing there.

    I have had a few other things not pictured; Suda Akari's Photobook, the latest AKB48 and NMB48 CD releases and a few other magazines/Team 8 member Photobooks (although I'm unlikely to get access to any of that other than Dasu's book prior to Christmas due to having to redirect shipping whilst I was out of the country).
     
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  10. PRB Posh

    PRB Posh Kenkyuusei

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    2019's AKB48 Group Official Calendar arrived from Amazon JP.

    Along with the A2 sized hanging wall calendar, the package also includes a poster, diary and three photos.

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  11. shining445

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    First time posting in this thread :)

    I've not been able to purchase much, as I've been jobless since August. But I've managed to get these from eBay the past few months:


    UZA Theater version and Jurina photo

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    Keicchi card set (including one with t-shirt portion)

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    NMB Kamieda Emika and Yagura Fuuko photos / 53rd Sousenkyo single posters AKB Team 8 Ota Nao and HKT Motomura Aoi

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  12. dutchie

    dutchie Upcoming Girls Stage48 Donor

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    I know I'm old school .... but today this arrived :)
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    (and I expected it to arrive next year :D )
     
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  13. hrs0722

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    Of there's a thread for it. Here're I got from January 2017 to December 2018. I have package still in cargo, expected to arrive in mid or late January.
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  14. Reveen

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    Given that recent gravure mags are pretty boring I've had a bit of spare change to pick up some classic issues from the past which I missed first time out. courtesy of tenso

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  15. x_lambs

    x_lambs Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    after christmas but still nice. came with jabaja blu ray set. waiting to watch legend of akb. also got the sousenkyou discs.
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    hrs0722 Kenkyuusei

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    Stan Hitomi heheheh!
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    3 months finally arrived. I dunno where the package was stuck, in ship or in the stockhouse.
     
  17. Ezia

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    Flying get day so we went to Tower Records and I picked up the Jiwaru Days Regular Edition Type A.
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    I didn't win any extra prizes in the lottery but picked up the Tower Records bonus photo (left).

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    I might pick up more of the CDs for entry to tomorrow's mini live or Thursday's handshake event but I'm struggling with pregnancy hypoglycaemia at the moment so I have to make a sensible decision about going. I'll be sad if I have to miss both but it'd be worse for me to full-on pass out in front of AKB [hehe]
     
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  18. sscrla

    sscrla Stage48 Moderator Staff Member Stage48 Moderator

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    This post is not about ordering, shipping, or arrivals, but about shopping, and it is more an experiences post than anything else.

    I live in the Valley (the real Valley, the Valley Girls valley), but had to take my granddaughter to a theater rehearsal in Torrance, still in LA County, but over 40 miles away. Since we took the 405 during the afternoon rush hour, it took us one hour and 45 minutes to get there. My plan: while she was in rehearsal, I would go to Book-Off in Torrance and search for goods, given that there are no Book-Offs close to me. I had a very good experience with Book-Off in Kawasaki three years ago, and I am pretty sure that @David61 has posted about similar good experiences at Book-Off in Japan. My only worry: @Cristafari had warned me that there might not be that much of a selection. That turned out to be a real understatement.

    Since we got to Torrance 1 1/2 hour before her rehearsal started, the two of us went to Lucille's Smokehouse in the Del Almo Fashion Center, the same mall with the Book-Off I wanted to go to. We chose a barbeque platter for $50, which had more than enough for the two of us.

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    After I took my granddaughter to the rehearsal site, I came back to the Del Almo Fashion Center to go to Book-Off.

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    However, all they had were English books, movies, and CDs. The clerk told me that all their Japanese goods were in their main store in Gardena, about 15 minutes away. That store, in a small Japanese-centric mall, looked like the real thing.

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    Once inside, it wasn't that hard to find the AKB48 section, but there were only two items there: Thumbnail (type A) new for $35 and Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake wo Shitteiru (type A) used for $15. Since I already had both theater editions (and because I am notoriously reluctant to spend money), I chose to get Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake wo Shitteiru. While there, I tried to find some other items. First, I went looking for Silent Siren and was having trouble with how the CDs were arranged. I didn't have trouble with the Japanese alphabetical order, but things still seemed all jumbled together, so I asked for some help, but the clerk couldn't find any Silent Siren.

    I then looked for Sayanee and had no trouble finding the 山本 section, but no luck. They had a lot of albums by Linda Yamamoto, but nothing by Sayanee. Next I tried Yukirin, but no luck again. I did see some Morning Musume, but they were all really old, like their 4th album from 2002. They had some Perfume, but they were expensive. From now on, I think I will stick with ordering from Yesasia or Amazon.co.jp.

    So here was my only purchase:

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    When I went to the counter to buy it, the clerk who had helped me look for Silent Siren was there. I commented that all I was getting was this one AKB48 album, and he said he had just started to get into AKB during the Christmas period. I told him about Stage 48, so we might get a new member.
     
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  19. David61

    David61 Upcoming Girls Stage48 Donor

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    @sscrla I visited LA 4 years ago when I was still only a few months into AKB48 fandom. I went to Little Tokyo and found the Kinokuniya bookstore where they had some Japanese gravy mags and 48G PBs. Unfortunately I was running late with my plans that day and I didn't have time to explore much further but I've since discovered that there's a record store there called Bunkado? However I never knew that there were branches of Book Off! I wish they'd come to the UK, I love browsing around them in Japan.
     
  20. Ezia

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    Another shopping post; I hope that's ok.

    Well, call me a Book Off convert. I believe it was a mention of Book Off in this thread by @David61 that introduced me to its existence and I certainly ended up with a decent haul - I am in your debt! My husband was looking for some specific books so we ended up visiting a total of nine different Book Off stores in and around Kyoto and Tokyo - I was happy to oblige. It wasn't necessarily our intention to visit so many, there just seemed to be one in every area we visited! As I think David and @sscrla have made clear with their posts, the selection very much varies from store to store, but you'd be likely to come away very happy if your collection is still small. If you're looking to plug some specific gaps in your collection, I would recommend going for the VISIT AS MANY LOCATIONS AS POSSIBLE approach as it certainly served me well! I picked up some things I've been after for a while at a fraction of the recommended retail price and also picked up some interesting things I didn't know I had wanted. I also left a lot of interesting things on the shelf as we were sharing a suitcase, and I didn't want to overspend either.

    Seriously though, look at this display of reduced-price but well-preserved used 48G goods. Is it not heaven? [hehe]
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    Onto the haul!

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    CDs: Mayu's Best Regards album Type B (which I had been hoping to find), AKB48's Set List: Greatest Songs 2006-2007 Limited Edition CD+DVD which I got for the equivalent of about £3, HKT48's 092 album Type D, a theater edition of AKB48's 0 to 1 no aida greatest hits album for my car (also around £3), Tomomi's STAR-T album (also on my list of things to look out for)
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    The nostalgia-inducing foldout poster that came with the Set List 2006-2007 CD.

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    The Hawai wa Hawai photobook making DVD, AKB48 Ball Games DVD boxset, Ano Koro Ga Ippai music video collection boxset (all the MVs for singles and C/Ws from mid-2013 to mid-2017 and the only AKB48 MV set I was missing from my collection - I didn't have the money to buy it new and it now seems to be out of print. I got this for about a third of the new price and it was in pristine collection. Very happy), 0 to 1 no aida Complete Singles edition, Yamamoto Sayaka's Rainbow Tour DVD
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    Also a Suuchan photo as it was cheap and cute.

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    SKE's MV Collection Part 2 on Blu-Ray, HKT's Zenkoku Tour Final DVD boxset, a couple of Keya CD+DVD singles (again, around £3 apiece), and a Murashige photo.
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    I was happy to see that the kind former owner of the HKT boxset included the photos it came with when selling it. And yes, this is the set famed for Sasshi's appearance onstage in a bikini...

    There were also a lot of 48G photobooks starting at 100 yen (less than £1) and I would have loved to have added to my PB collection but we lacked space both in the suitcase and in our house.


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    And finally, the previously mentioned copy of Jiwaru Days I bought from Tower Records on release day, along with STU's 2nd single.
     
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