Figure Haven: October 2012 Shipment

A new shipment of figures is in for October!

October 2012’s Additions:

[Scaled Figures]

[Nendoroids]

[Nendoroid Petites]

[figmas]

13 Comments to “Figure Haven: October 2012 Shipment”

  1. alucard13mm says:

    Hello. Is your shop in California/USA (assumed because you had an entry for anime expo). Just wondering for shipping purposes.

    thank you ^^.

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    alucard13mm Reply:

    lol im just curious cause one of my blogger friends suggested i use mile-stone as a supplier. ^^ and i think ur using mile-stone as well eh?

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    Reltair Reply:

    Hi, we are located in California, but only sell via e-commerce (no physical storefront). Milestone is one of our suppliers, but we get the majority of our figures from AAA Anime.

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    alucard13mm Reply:

    Good. So its not bootleg.. Does AAA anime still have those big, ugly stickers on the boxes? lol I remember buying a 1/8th orchid seed lineage 2 elf figure from somewhere and it had a big AAA sticker on the box XD.

    It is no big deal, but it is a little annoying.

    Reltair Reply:

    Their recent stuff has a much smaller AAA Anime sticker instead. :)

    alucard13mm Reply:

    mile-stone does seem kinda overpriced as a wholesaler (they admited it =P), although they offer ease of use website, english, and updates a lot. the 3.9% transaction fee and the shipping rate even using Japan Post SEA must really hurt your profit margin eh? especially if you want to compete in pricing with established local stores. They are also involved in producing figures, which is kinda cool.

    i did find another supplier if you are interested. http://shop.m-matching.jp/chara/homepage.php . The website is delayed by a bit, and it seems more recent product solicitation is by email. Yeah, it is to help you with another source or supplier ^^. Let me know if you need help or info about them. email: alucard13mm@yahoo.com <- same address for MSN messenger.

    Reltair Reply:

    Exactly, which is why we’ve basically stopped ordering from them. The prices were just not practical for us when compared to AAA Anime.

    Thanks, I’ll look into it. Although we’re not really interested in having another supplier at the moment. >_<

  2. alucard13mm says:

    oh. you can try to become an official vendor for kotobukiya. i believe they have a US branch in torrance, california (Koto USA). you can probably pick up stuff with your car and save on shipping costs too, which i assume you do with AAA.

    your other competitors are apparently vendors for them and in fact.. they sell kotobukiya figures 3 dollars cheaper than importing (which is highly unusual).
    http://www.kotous.com/where-to-buy/north-america/ . i am not sure how much cheaper to buy from kotoUS than buying from AAA, but I suspect it might make a difference for you since you’d buy direct and not from wholesale.

    but yeah ^^… I am just a fellow figure collector (although i havnt bought a figure for 1+ year lol, money/life problems @_@).

    as for me ;P i am interested in specializing and selling character goods ^^ like mugs, dakimakuras, apparel, and etcetc.. and unfortunately, AAA anime cant sell COSPA, brocolli, chara-ani, or any brands from japan.

    perhaps one day, we can collaborate. hehe.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks for the info and good luck on your endeavor! ^^

    Yeah, it’s unfortunate that AAA Anime doesn’t carry any of the legit brands for character goods. They basically only have G.E. Animation stuff. >_>

    Perhaps… :)

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    alucard13mm Reply:

    Thanks.

    GE animation stuff is sortve, kinda outdated and not as cool. They are legit, its just that its for US region. I’d still probably sell GE animation along with japanese brands… assuming it is profitable importing from japan T_T. I owned a few K-On neckties that I actually used, forgot what maker from Japan. Wore them during my university days. Most people were curious about my swag hehe. I owned a few strange character goods.

    But yeah, I talked to a sales rep from mile-stone. Rather friendly guy named Alfred. We asked each other questions. He asked me to let him know about the situation/economy of anime retail stores locally. He asked me why do I think that retail stores in USA never make big orders with them. I just told him that their prices are kinda expensive and the 4% transaction fee (which he told me i should just include in my price to my customers to offset it). 4% of prices in yen is a lot >.<. I havn't formally opened an account with them.

    Are you running Figure Haven yourself or you are working with others? Part time thing?

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, for retailers looking to buy from distributors, the price is a big factor. Plus it didn’t help that a while back the exchange rate from Yen to USD was terrible.

    I started Figure Haven when I was in college and run it with another person. It’s one of my part-time projects since I work full-time now as a software engineer for another company. Not as much time as I used to have, but I still continue to learn a lot from running it. ^^

    alucard13mm Reply:

    I am a one man operation. A bit hard since its my first store @_@. Most likely will be part time, although I hope it’ll be full time.

    You probably make more as a full time software engineer than you can ever make if Figure Haven turned out to be a full time thing eh?

    Sometimes I wish I didn’t go into biology/chemistry =(. Sucks not going to grad school.

    And thanks for chatting with me for over a month lol.

    Reltair Reply:

    Ah, best of luck and don’t give up! It’s a hard, but rewarding experience.

    Yeah, Figure Haven was more of a side project since I was interested in figure collecting at the time. I learned a lot from building it, but my current interests mainly lie elsewhere now.

    No problem, it has been interesting chatting with you. :)

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