Dear local figure collectors: please read the fine print on the online shops you are ordering from before clicking the BUY button, especially if this is your first time.
It does not matter that you are a long-time customer at another site — every shop is different! One should never assume that just because things worked one way on one site, it will work the same way on another.
I cannot stress it enough: please read the fine print. FAQ. How-to. It’s called many different things — but please read it. It is the only way sure-fire way to estimate the total amount your expenses will come to, short of having to make the purchase. Ultimately, it is not the site’s fault you didn’t find out about their JPY 500 handling fee or their JPY 900 shipping fee until it was too late — as it was clearly written down in their site FAQ.
Lastly, if you think that you can try to get away from your own mistake by not paying for the purchase, think again. There may not be any immediate consequences for you, but there will be for the entire community in the long run. The shop you cheated may decide that all Filipino collectors are assholes, and will not accept any orders bound for the Philippines, period (see: Hobby Search’s anti-fraud cash-only-via-Paypal sales policy for the Philippines).
No one — not even the most avid collectors with the most spotless payment records, will be able to order anything from that online store ever again. And it will be your fault. So please, take responsibility for your own oversight. Shut up, pay up, and next time read the FAQ before you order anything from a new site.
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