Originally Posted by hpulley4
Wow, just a monthly order. I wish I was that organized... I order books too which makes it tough as some books don't show up until less than a month before they come out, some even less and if I don't pre-order I sometimes miss things and have to hope for a reprint. I do 3-4 orders per month usually as I forget stuff... Lately I have done even more. DHL loooooves me...
Do you live in Japan or outside of it? I assume outside since you mentioned DHL. When Amazon took away cheaper shipping options, and later order combining as well as virtually eliminated partial shipping, monthly orders became the only good way to go for most importers. Paying the ¥1700/order fee 3-4 times a month just isn't feasible (or even if it is, still not desirable) for a lot of people. Plus one big order has a better ¥/item S&H fee since it scales down as you order more and spread out that ¥1700 fee (or worse if you order even one book, ¥2700).
I tend to order once, in the last few days of the prior month. I get anywhere between 10 and 20 items (as much as 30+ in rare cases) coming out that month. Almost all BDs and CDs. It does kinda suck having to wait until the end of the month to receive items released early in the month, but most items I order come out in the last 10 days of the month anyway.