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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_InFerno View Post
    I had put this in the DH thread, but since this thread has now been made here is a recent amazon purchase/packaging:

    Don't know if anyone had mentioned it but I received Big Damn Sin City from Amazon this morning, and Dark Horse evidently ship them in cardboard boxes for protection. Which is really nice. Also shout out to Amazon for not only keeping the box on when they ship, but putting it shrinkwrapped to a piece of cardboard so it doesn't move around. Came in a huge, solid box too. Those shipping complaints might be working?

    Seeing this and comparing it to mine, I contacted Amazon. They initially offered me a 25% refund, but when I asked for a replacement, they instead offered a full refund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momaw View Post
    I've also had good experience with mycomicshop internationally. I've only bought from their ebay store but the packaging and international shipping costs were very good.
    Their packing for items on their site is great as well.

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    To all non-US customers with experience, please save me the hard work and rate your websites for international orders in terms of (1) Shipping cost (2) Overall cost (3) Best packaging (4) All-round winner. (I'm too lazy to work it out myself).

    I'm using InStockTrades at the moment. Haven't received anything yet, but I'll put up pics when the 2 boxes arrive. Unfortunately I could save a lot of money by choosing the cheapest option for international postage that they have, but South Africa's record for non-insured parcels isn't great (many get "lost" in the process), so I have to choose the most expensive option. I still manage to save money though, which tells you how inflated comic book prices are if you buy them from local online sites (don't even get me started on what they cost on store shelves. You're paying something like $35 for Batman - Earth One in hardcover! No wonder this hobby hasn't taken off in this country).

    I used to order on Amazon, but InStockTrades' prices are far better the last time I checked (I wonder how they [IST] are even in business).

    I also sometimes forget that I have Ebay UK at my disposal. UK -> South Africa postage prices are a lot more comfortable to my wallet, and I don't really mind buying decent-quality second hand books if it means owning more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohmshalone View Post
    To all non-US customers with experience, please save me the hard work and rate your websites for international orders in terms of (1) Shipping cost (2) Overall cost (3) Best packaging (4) All-round winner. (I'm too lazy to work it out myself).

    I'm using InStockTrades at the moment. Haven't received anything yet, but I'll put up pics when the 2 boxes arrive. Unfortunately I could save a lot of money by choosing the cheapest option for international postage that they have, but South Africa's record for non-insured parcels isn't great (many get "lost" in the process), so I have to choose the most expensive option. I still manage to save money though, which tells you how inflated comic book prices are if you buy them from local online sites (don't even get me started on what they cost on store shelves. You're paying something like $35 for Batman - Earth One in hardcover! No wonder this hobby hasn't taken off in this country).

    I used to order on Amazon, but InStockTrades' prices are far better the last time I checked (I wonder how they [IST] are even in business).

    I also sometimes forget that I have Ebay UK at my disposal. UK -> South Africa postage prices are a lot more comfortable to my wallet, and I don't really mind buying decent-quality second hand books if it means owning more.
    It depends on what you want to buy. For tpbs and cheaper hardcovers I use bookdepository, for bigger stuff amazon UK marketplace (speedyhen, Uk-Paperbackshop) or Paperbackshop-US on abebooks.
    I usually buy used tpbs (like Essentials) from amazon Uk from various sellers.
    But I usually buy one or two books at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balakin View Post
    It depends on what you want to buy. For tpbs and cheaper hardcovers I use bookdepository, for bigger stuff amazon UK marketplace (speedyhen, Uk-Paperbackshop) or Paperbackshop-US on abebooks.
    I usually buy used tpbs (like Essentials) from amazon Uk from various sellers.
    But I usually buy one or two books at a time.
    Yes! Amazon.co.uk. Yet another option. [edit: I bought my Lee/Kirby Avengers Omnibus through them for an excellent price. Received in great condition too. Too bad I realized I didn't care that much for it after a bit.] You forget how many places there are to look when you're ready & excited for your next purchase. I just had a look now at the Justice League Omnibus on Amazon.co.uk and realized I could get it for about $30 cheaper than our local price, which is quite a big savings percentage. Almost ordered it, but then realized I have two packages from IST still on their way! I've been waiting so long for the first box to arrive that I don't even know how interested I'm gonna be when it actually reaches. This is getting scarily close to an addiction. But I'm still in control...still in control...
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    I've honestly can't remember who I've ordered from but in the many years I've done so most of my books I've ordered have arrived in perfect condition except for a slight crease on the corner of a Transformers UK Classics book but it's not that noticeable.

    Once I ordered several Garfield books and they came perfectly intact in their box despite that day being rainy.

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    I bought some omnibi last year, from Barnes and Noble. Yes, the infamous buy-2-get-3rd-free. One of the boxes arrived like this:


    I kid you not. Looks like it was kicked all the way down here (I'm from Brazil).

    As a result, the Age of Apocalypse omnibus was damaged (and please note that this was, conveniently, the 3rd - free - one) :


    So, I contacted B&N, and their response was basically: "We don't have this book anymore. Plus, it was the free one. So, f**k you, LOL". OK, I invented that last part. But I'm sure they thought that.

    Anyway, they left me without any kind of refund or replacement item. After a while, they even stopped respoding my e-mails.

    Barnes and Noble... A bunch of crooks. Avoid like the plague, I say. Specially if you are an international buyer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momaw View Post
    See my posts above yours for the exact opposite.
    I've seen that in 3 different threads already

    Quote Originally Posted by momaw View Post
    Seeing this and comparing it to mine, I contacted Amazon. They initially offered me a 25% refund, but when I asked for a replacement, they instead offered a full refund.
    Sweet, glad it worked out. Was the book damaged? I only saw pics of the packaging.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Hatter View Post
    I bought some omnibi last year, from Barnes and Noble. Yes, the infamous buy-2-get-3rd-free. One of the boxes arrived like this:


    I kid you not. Looks like it was kicked all the way down here (I'm from Brazil).

    As a result, the Age of Apocalypse omnibus was damaged (and please note that this was, conveniently, the 3rd - free - one) :

    So, I contacted B&N, and their response was basically: "We don't have this book anymore. Plus, it was the free one. So, f**k you, LOL". OK, I invented that last part. But I'm sure they thought that.

    Anyway, they left me without any kind of refund or replacement item. After a while, they even stopped respoding my e-mails.

    Barnes and Noble... A bunch of crooks. Avoid like the plague, I say. Specially if you are an international buyer.
    I got a damaged Absolute from the first buy 2 get 1 free at B&N, they sent a replacement and wanted me to send the damaged book back. I said I would if they sent me a pre-paid postage as it would cost somehting like $40US for me to send it back. They decided I could keep both.


    Quote Originally Posted by ohmshalone View Post
    To all non-US customers with experience, please save me the hard work and rate your websites for international orders in terms of (1) Shipping cost (2) Overall cost (3) Best packaging (4) All-round winner. (I'm too lazy to work it out myself).

    I'm using InStockTrades at the moment. Haven't received anything yet, but I'll put up pics when the 2 boxes arrive. Unfortunately I could save a lot of money by choosing the cheapest option for international postage that they have, but South Africa's record for non-insured parcels isn't great (many get "lost" in the process), so I have to choose the most expensive option. I still manage to save money though, which tells you how inflated comic book prices are if you buy them from local online sites (don't even get me started on what they cost on store shelves. You're paying something like $35 for Batman - Earth One in hardcover! No wonder this hobby hasn't taken off in this country).

    I used to order on Amazon, but InStockTrades' prices are far better the last time I checked (I wonder how they [IST] are even in business).

    I also sometimes forget that I have Ebay UK at my disposal. UK -> South Africa postage prices are a lot more comfortable to my wallet, and I don't really mind buying decent-quality second hand books if it means owning more.
    For me its Amazon for books over $40-$50:

    1) Shipping cost is $10 for the first book and $5 for each subsequent book for preorders, I order 5 or 6 more exensive books at a time and it works out around $7ish a book for shipping.

    2) Amazon prices are generally 35-40% off rrp, so pretty good. Sometimes you get a better discount and occasionally a worse discount, if its not worth it I cancel orders and go with BD for the one or two books.

    3) I've had good results with packaging, but your mileage may vary. I would say Amazons is the bare minimum to avoid damage to the book, nothing to compare to Mile High Comics or CGN or IST or My Comic Shop type packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_InFerno View Post
    I've seen that in 3 different threads already
    Good, I was afraid you'd missed it :P

    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_InFerno View Post
    Sweet, glad it worked out. Was the book damaged? I only saw pics of the packaging.
    Yeah, it had dented edges and crushed corners. But I can live with the damage for free. Would have preferred a replacement packed like yours but what can you do when they say they won't send one? They funny thing is I sent amazon the pics of the damage and their response was we don't need to see pics.

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    My first damaged Speedy Hen book was sorted nice and smoothly, I put it back in the post (without emailing them or anything) and two days later they emailed me to say they'd received it and a replacement would be with me in a couple of days. They also refunded my £5.45 (disgusting charge to post a tpb) without having to ask. I'm glad I didn't have to start messing about emailing photos.

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    Thanks for the replies. Here's a package that arrived from IST today. Success! I hope this is the first of many such deliveries.

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    And a vanity pic to show off my new warez.

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    Good experience with speedyhen.. Got a nice humanoids hardcover from them via eBay and it arrived damaged.. Sent them a message with some photos and they sorted it out really quickly for a 1/3 rd refund.. Will definitely use them again..

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    This is my latest Amazon haul, they shipped it in two boxes:




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    Incredibly enough, the first box took the worst part. It contained the Strangers in Paradise omnibuses, and the slipcase is completely broken:





    I'm not sure to ask for a replacement copy, because the shipping cost to return it would be as expensive as buying a new one.

    What should I do?

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