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Yeah some size products end up bumping your to a bigger box with wasted volume that then dings you in the final shipping charges. I use to play with this with hlj’s virtual warehouse and at times found permutations of two boxes being less than a single box by quite a bit. They use to be able to do the whole file the box live and that made it super easy to play dropping in various combinations to figure out what was going on, but an update took that away unfortunately and you have to fill a box and check chipping then redo it all if you start over.

 

how long does surface for for you japan to Australia? Just curious.

 

jeff

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Last surface shipment was 4-5 weeks. I think I got lucky. Cannot remember the others. But never anywhere near the 3 month.

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Tony Galiani

Just received an e-mail that they are having a sale.  Noticed some items I might like including some of the Tomytec narrow gauge 1/80 scale items.  Hoping that if I send this note out, someone will buy them and  save me from myself .....

 

https://www.plazajapan.com/model-train/

 

Ciao,

Tony

 

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Tony Galiani

The e-mail was entitled Popular Products from Japan this week and I received it this morning and I clicked on the Train link.  A lot of the items have reduced prices but I was wondering if they were really sale items or just a regular discount?  Going back to take a look, some items have small reductions while others have bigger reductions.

 

I see a Kato Thunderbirds set with a US$50 discount and a Kato Swiss electric for US$20 off while other items are only a few dollars off.  I don't use Plaza Japan very often to know if this is typical or a real sale.

 

Tony

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katoftw
On 1/4/2022 at 9:23 AM, cteno4 said:

how long does surface for for you japan to Australia? Just curious.

 

jeff

My January order arrived today.  Exactly 2 months.

Sent 25/01/2022

Arrived 25/03/2022

 

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Giugiaro
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Anyone is familiar with how out-of-stock items are dealt with in Plaza Japan?

 

I'm just missing the #4 Crossover Turnouts to get my next order, but I've never seem them in stock.

They replied to an e-mail enquiry of mine stating they don't do pre-orders of out-of-stock items, even if they are not discontinued.

 

I could pre-order the same turnouts from ModellbahnShop-Lippe, but they're asking 61€ per piece!

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katoftw

I have found Plaza Japan stock levels of track pieces lacking, and they dont seem to restock unless the item goes to pre-order again.  Buy it from another retailer, as you could be awaiting a long time.  Another Japanese retailer would be cheaper than the option you suggested.

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It doesn't help this situation, but after placing a recent order, I noticed that they do seem to be getting in certain products sort of on request in the same way that HobbyLink Japan does. For example, all the Sankei kits have a disclaimer of shipping in 7 to 10 business days. When I emailed them about my order, they said it takes that long to get any Sankei products in, so I assume they are placing their own orders for them after customer orders come in.  I'm hoping they start doing this for other products like track pieces as I also have had to look elsewhere for specific ones since Plaza Japan seems to be eternally out of stock of some things. 

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Giugiaro
2 hours ago, arkh said:

I'm hoping they start doing this for other products like track pieces as I also have had to look elsewhere for specific ones since Plaza Japan seems to be eternally out of stock of some things. 

 

I do hope so as well. ModellBahnShop-Lippe has a reservation system that keeps track of the items you want when out-of-stock. When the items arrive, you get an email with a special link that gives you priority to order such items for a limited amount of time, while they remain out-of-stock for other costumers until all reservations are fulfilled or expire.

 

I suppose they keep track of how many people are expecting a certain product through their e-mail notification service. But this service is not attached to the account and I lost track of what items I asked to be notified of stock availability. It also doesn't seem to give me priority when ordering them, so it's possible both 20-230 and 20-231 have already been in stock, only to be sold out in mere minutes.

 

Other track pieces and sets have gone out of stock at the end of May, but have gone back in stock last week.

 

(Hobby Link Japan lists the formerly mentioned turnouts as being discontinued... as well as the V11 set, and many other KATO track pieces amd sets, telling me HLJ doesn't want to sell these products anymore. I might point this out on the HLJ thread.) 

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cteno4

Sadly HLJ has not been into trains much the last 5 years or so, it’s now down to just some odds and ends. The good thing is they do direct order/backorder sankei and give a decent discount on them (sankei does not give good margins to retailers I’ve heard).

 

cheers

 

jeff

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