Monday, November 23, 2015

Open Or Do Not Open...There Is No Try!


I finally got a package today that I have been waiting for well over a month, a long distance package from Japan. The envelope contained two packs of Star Wars Bikkuriman chocolate wafers with each pack containing a sticker.

I had seen the Star Wars Bikkuriman stickers on someone’s blog a couple of months ago, Ryan from This Card Is Cool, and I started watching the stickers on eBay. Usually stickers sold for $3-4 each plus sometimes a shipping charge on top of that so when I came across a dealer out of Japan selling two sealed packages for $0.99 plus $3 shipping I jumped on it. There are stickers from Episodes IV-V-VI and stickers from Episodes I-II-III, the packages are marked accordingly. My two are from Episodes IV-V-VI. You can tell by the characters on the packaging plus on the lower right is the label which movies the stickers are from. I pulled a Yoda and Admiral Ackbar.

The downside is that the seller did not send them off right away, almost a month after I purchased them I finally got an email saying they were shipped. Since they were from Japan I figured they would be awhile so I didn’t mind. I got them today and opened them with my daughter, she was more interested in the wafer cookie.

Here is the unwrapping and the wafer cookie is pretty good.






 

While I was waiting for this package I came across a new dealer from Japan that was selling individual stickers for $0.99 with free shipping so I bought a Yoda (so I have two now) and then the next day I bought a Princess Leia and Chewbacca. The seller had them to me within a week of my purchase and on top of the stickers he also included two origami storks and two packs of green tea. This guy went above and beyond as a seller.



 

7 comments:

  1. Certainly interesting and different. And the origami was a nice bonus. (I can barely make a paper airplane.) Did your daughter enjoy the wafers?

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    1. She loved the wafers, they are pretty good and have a rich chocolate flavor.

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  2. Those are very neat. It's too bad there aren't more sellers like the second one you bought from.

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  3. I might have been the one you saw them on... I have bought a few "packs" of these, though I've decided not to get the full set.

    True Japanese sellers are amazingly fast at shipping things off, and charge at most actual shipping. I frequently pay only 82 yen (the cost of one stamp) or maybe 100-120 yen for shipping for single cards or even small lots. Hobbyists who don't sell often can be slower, though a month is surprising.

    I rarely get cool freebies like origami and tea! Actually, I rarely get any freebies at all (perhaps the occasional extra card for protection when shipping) when buying online. But gift giving is big and I've had students, businesses, and tourist attractions all give me free things just for being there.

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    1. OK, it was you, thank you for reminding me. I like the stickers but I am with you on not collecting the entire set, they are cool but $30 or so for a sticker set is not for me I would rather spend $30 on Griffey cards.

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  4. I think I've bought stuff from the green tea guy before. Those stickers are cool! I need to get me an Ackbar and a Leia.

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  5. That Yoda sticker is awesome!

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