Where do you guys get toys from? Do you know any secret stores?
Here's all mine:
I guess the closest people would get would be local ones that only ship within their state/country. I know I have a few I use in Australia that gets some weird stock in every now and then at a relatively good price, but I have no idea if they ship over seas at all.
On the corner of fifth and thirty-second, there's a small coffee shop. If you go to the counter and ask about the "japanese import blend", the employee will push aside the vending machine in the back, revealing a secret toy store that sells any toy you could ever want..
Jungle can be a pretty good place for certain things. Their prices are almost always worse than Mandarake, though, and they have a 5% fee, so I generally only use them as a last resort.
That's pretty sweet.
Amazon does have a great return policy. A few years ago I had to return an arcade stick like 3 times because it was defective out of the box. I could have fixed it myself but why void the warranty.
I also returned a $1700 laptop with no issue because it didn't fit my needs
No mention of Rakuten, specifically Terraformer? Smaller selection, but they tend to have great prices. Got a blank shinki body for 5k a few months back.
They also have a deal going on where if oyu're new, your first order over 10k gets 1k off now and then another 1k off coupon for the future.
Jungle is actually a Japanese company, but yes, that store in LA is one of their branches. And fwiw, I've never personally found a bootleg there, and I've been going there for years and years, since way before they renovated. Their instore prices in LA are pretty shit (I'm guessing to offset the import costs + scalp the hell out of ignorant weebs), but I believe buying from them online comes directly from their Japanese store, and the prices are pretty decent.
Yup, this is why I stay faithful to Amazon. Their customer service is amazing, and will go the extra mile to make you happy.
Search on ebay for sellers that live in japan you can get some sweet deals sometimes, especially when you missed the preorders.
NYC fag here
I love patrolling through those stores you listed
Midtown and Forbidden really don't have too much but have a few gems, Image Anime is an amazing selection, but all the stores are overpriced. Still, I love going to browse there and looking at new figures up close in person. Plus, they're good to buy different shit like stands, etc.