My first online purchase was a few sale items from HLJ. I wanted to see if I successfully set up a Paypal account, and decided that since there were some items that were really cheap, I could buy one and see if the transaction worked. That was last Monday.
This week, I found this box.
Being my first online purchase, I was swayed by the advice posted on their website which said that SAL could take up to 45 days to arrive. The rates for EMS and SAL were very different, so I picked EMS and added one more item thinking that the total shipping cost would not be proportional to the number of items bought. I was mistaken.
Here’s a quick size comparison with my old MG Gundam Ver. OYW 0079.
And these were the prices of the items I bought. It turned out that the total shipping cost was 1100 yen, so what I thought was a great bargain turned out moot as what I could have saved was spent on shipping via EMS instead. Lesson learnt: be patient and choose SAL, unless you’re buying large items (like for example, a Perfect Grade model). On the other hand, I thought it would have been more appropriate to quote the shipping cost before actually committing the order so that I could still have a chance to choose SAL if I knew that EMS cost so much.
I wonder what lay inside the box…