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  • Member since
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  • From: Lamarque,Texas
Hobby link Japan
Posted by uspsjuan on Monday, August 31, 2020 7:38 PM

I am wanting to pre-order Trumpter's 1/200 Enterprise. Freetime has it for like $379ish bit Hobby Link had it for just over $200. Why the big difference in price? What am I missing here? Help/advice. thanks

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, August 31, 2020 7:51 PM
FreeTime is in the U.S HLJ is in Japan

 

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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:04 PM

HLJ is in Japan, and you will see good prices from AsiaPac companies like Trumpeter.

Other kits from say ICM or Eduard are not priced as well. 

What you have to weigh is the shipping cost. I have three kits waiting in my Private Warehouse. And right now they are only offering FedEx and DHL shipping. These are the most expensive, but, you get the kit quickly. After adding the shipping for these three kits, I may as well have purchased them here in the states. Granted once COVID dies down, they may offer some less expensive shipping services again.

IMHO, overall, they are a really good company, and they do a great job of packing the kits for shipping. 

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:31 AM

I don't know how it works in the US, but you may also have to factor in customs charges. Almost every kit i have bought from japan, Hobby Link and Hobby Plaza, have had customs charges slapped on them. Its not to much, usually about £3 for kits worth about 40.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:18 AM

Hobby Link Japan is in Japan and run by an American (Scott Hards). He specializes in getting Japanese kits to American modelers at a reasonable price.

For instance, when Fine Molds first got the license to produce new Star Wars kits, he was able to get us these kits for around $15-20 a piece. But if you ordered from an American company, the kits were $30-50 a piece.

When the X-Wing came out, I got two of them from HLJ at less than one would have cost in the US, and it only took about 2 weeks.

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Posted by uspsjuan on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:33 AM
Thanks guys. I'll give them a try.
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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:48 AM

Rob and Bish are right, I've ordered a lot of stuff from them. 

But pay heed to what Bruce said too- most shipping firms charge by the size of the box. And a giant kit like your 1/200th scale Enterprise isn't going to be cheap. I ordered a 1/32nd Zoukei-Maru Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu in big box a few months ago and was charged over a hundred bucks S&H.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by VintageRPM on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:20 PM

Bish

I don't know how it works in the US, but you may also have to factor in customs charges. Almost every kit i have bought from japan, Hobby Link and Hobby Plaza, have had customs charges slapped on them. Its not to much, usually about £3 for kits worth about 40.

It is quite a high limit before Americans have to pay customs duty on foreign shipments. I have never paid customs on anything I've ordered from overseas.

Mike

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:05 PM

I've never had to pay customs when I've order from overseas.

Shipping and handling from Japan was comparable to ordering from somewhere within the USA. In other words, having something shipped from Japan wasn't any more expensive than shipping from California.

Of course, I have not ordered anything larger than a regular 1/35 armor kit. I would assume some of the very large model kits would get an upcharge due to size of the box.

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