Just placed an order with HLJ for the first time and I'm wondering how they work. I placed an order for MP-17 and MP-18. My question is do they charge you in JPY? if so then you're preorder price kind of changes depending on the exchange rate at the time it is in stock no?
Also how much is shipping generally to the US (NYC to be exact)? Does HJL do what Robotkingdom does? for example RK charges you $59.90 for MP-17 and Charges you around $21.11 for shipping. When you add MP-18 to your order they charge you $36.85 so they don't really give you much of a break in shipping.
Thanks in advance!
First thing you need to know right now, is that Hobby Link Japan does NOT guarantee pre-orders, and especially not late pre-orders. That's why they don't make you pay in advance. They will drop (latish) pre-orders as they like, and if yours is dropped, you will only find out AFTER they've come into stock and they have been shipped. They will do everything they can not to get stuck with stock, and this often means overselling pre-orders.
I got burned by pre-orders two years ago, with a couple of United items (Kup, Wheeljack, Tracks, Scourge).
I had pre-orders in, but while everyone seemed to be getting theirs, I was waiting... and waiting... Until I contacted them, and they replied, basically saying: "You're SOL". Ironically, the only pre-order that did come through for me from them was the United Rumble / Frenzy pack, which eventually seemed to be the hardest to get. Still, I had to resort to eBay for the others I missed out on.
That was the very last time I pre-ordered anything with HLJ. However, more recently, people also got burned with their HLJ pre-orders for MP-15 Rumble / Jaguar. I make it my mission to warn people about HLJ's sucky service and complete unreliability. To add insult to injury (and related to your question): with another single
order I made with them, for two reasonably sized, but not huge, Yamato Macross Valkyrie's, they had the idiotic idea to send them in two separate
packages, each costing me exactly the same, with double customs taxes when they came across the border.
So as far as I'm concerned, Hobby Link Japan sucks giant balls, and they can go to hell. Get in a more secure pre-order elsewhere, now you still can.