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Haron, Tom S.,
Thanks for the replies.
Pardon me, Tom S., I didn't notice your previous question in regards to the Turk Cavalry, I only follow this blog and, at that only fairly recently. As for Haron's reply, and, I'm in no way trying to pick a fight here, but, I think it's time for a reality check.
Haron, "Why only 20 figures? I was afraid that won't be located in a box any more." I'm not sure what you mean, here.
Do you mean you couldn't fit more figures inside the box? If that's what you mean, I had no trouble fitting two boxes worth of figures into one box, and probably could have fit more than two. Try it yourself, everyone—no problem.
You say you haven't changed your prices in ten years, that may be so, but it's not my business to know that. What I do know is that you've reduced how many figures you have in a box. For me, that means I pay more, for much less (to be fair, you're not the only manufacturer that has done this, either).
20 figures at $15 is .75 a piece, makes these figures amongst the most expensive on the US market (of current releases). That's a fact. When you add the postage I had to pay to get them here, plus all the work I will put into them, and, well, perhaps it's time to start thinking of a new hobby? There are plenty of other ways of spending my hard earned cash.
Even so, in spite of these observations, I will endeavor to continue to support these great figures, but, really, in the future, how about giving your dedicated customers a bit more of a bargain?
The box was made before release of sets. It was impossible to change anything.
Zvezda did some very nice Turkish cavalry although too tall, although that might not matter so much on a mounted man.
"I don't want to get in the middle of this fight, but..."
You just did, and, it's not a fight. I'm merely sounding off.
"Kevin, it seems you believe HARON is responsible for the price you pay in the shop you choose."
He is. He reduced the amount of figures per box, his vendors didn't. 20 figures
per box is an outrage.
As for the places and prices you've quoted, when you add postage from Europe (or just about any other place outside the USA), you've destroyed any advantage one may have gained.
I try to support vendors here in the USA. And, indeed, prices here are often higher, I am told because of shipping costs (just like if I had purchased them myself from abroad).
I'm not complaining about the vendors here in the states, I am complaining about how few figures are put into a box—20 figures is very low, in fact, I can't think of one single set from a major manufacturer (such as Zvezda, Strelets, etc.) that has so few figures in a box.
My gripe is simple, the buyer keeps paying more for less. Perhaps there are those who don't care how much they pay. I do and choose to let the manufacturer know about it.
kevin check ebay u.s..theres a bunch of red box listings for 7.99,with good shipping and combined shipping prices.comes from here in the states so no over seas shipping and import costs as well.careful tho,you might be tempted to empty out your wallet.
even so 20 figures in a set still seems kind of low.
Yes, I've seen the ebay listings, and Amazon. I no longer have PayPal (as I believe I implied before). I got fed up with ebay due to poor service and poor
product from dealers who don't seem to give a **** about anything else other than lining their own pockets. So I cancelled.
As to ordering from Europe, I've not once had a fair shake when it comes to postage—ever! So, I'm dubious about any claims to the contrary. In fact, the last few times I purchased miniatures (metal mini's) from the UK the boxes were cut open by customs and the contents were either damaged or missing!
And, for those of you who think my retailer is gouging me, well, I don't believe it. As I already know postage is nearly prohibitive for myself, why wouldn't it be the same for him?
FYI, I'm not buying "American," I'm buying Ukrainian! (and glad to do so, I just don't want to go broke doing it).