Look man I have no idea what I'm doing.
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Thanks for the heads up! I've ordered from Solaris Japan before, but only soundtracks. There's several companies that will ship figures to the US but the shipping fees have always seemed exorbitant and I was concerned about import duties and potential problems with customs, so I never messed with it before, but I will keep them in mind in the future. My pre-orders from Right Stuf went from being delayed to out of stock - I wasn't in a hurry to get I'll admit,them, but I'll admit I am a bit annoyed.
Oh man, and what I really hate is buying deeply discounted OOP volumes on RS, and then going to Ebay and finding the whole set for cheaper than I can get them individually. Luckily you can amend orders, but I hate doing that. Or, just not shopping thoroughly enough in general- I ordered volumes 1-6 of a series the other day, only to see a listing for all seven a few minutes later. Turns out, buying volume 7 separately was much more expensive. Basically, I need to do what you do and thoroughly research before I buy- excitedly shopping in the moment leads to regrets later.
Good to know- I actually tried using Abebooks early on in my oop manga hunt, and got pretty thoroughly burned. Read some reviews later which were generally absymal. Sounds like they're owned by Amazon now though, and it could happen on any site that's a marketplace sort of platform. Individual sellers are not always reliable. I was pretty desperate to track down volume 21 of Pandora Hearts, and took a gamble. Got my money back, thankfully, and found the volume elsewhere for cheaper. Basically, never trust a seller who charges almost as much for shipping as they do for the book.
If I buy any more figures, I think I'll take your advice with Sezzle. I just had my car repaired and am rather dreading the possibility of a couple figures shipping at the same time I have a big car bill.
Oh yeah, I don't think I could read manga on my phone- I don't like doing much of anything on my phone because too small. And I do love holding physical volumes, I've just noticed it gives me a headache sometimes and the lighting I read in is never good enough. But tracking down OOP volumes, while frustrating at times, is half the fun. I'm still sore I missed the Thriftbooks notification that they'd got in a rare volume of Ghost Hunt I need. They only get like 1-2 a year, so it'll probably be another year before I manage to track one down.
So, Sezzle is cool? I've been leery of using it- anything that sounds like credit, or pay later always sounds sketchy to me. I am extra cautious because I don't want to be tempted to buy stuff I shouldn't just because I can pay for it in installments. But, that's really cool if you can pay it off right away.
Sounds like you're making good progress at least- I, on the other hand, keep buying manga I want to read and then reading other manga instead. Fact is, I like reading manga on the computer, because it's so tiny in book form that it is kind of hard on my eyes- I like that I can zoom in on the digital. However, I'll always prefer owning physical copies, so I've mostly avoided buying digital manga until now. It's a battle between preference and practicality.
I think the most annoying thing for me with the figure pre-orders being delayed is that RS doesn't bill you till they ship- I kind of hate not knowing when that's gonna hit me. I had my orders spaced out, but now, who knows. This is why I prefer buying figures from Crunchyroll, because they charge you at checkout.