Just My Luck…

This August doesn’t seem to be a nice month for me at all…

As written in this post, I have no clue what will happen with this delivery. But there are also a few other things I’d like to share.

  • Two weeks ago my laptop surprised me with not being able to connect to the network. As this might happen once or twice a year I wasn’t really concerned and restarted the modem. Laptop still couldn’t connect to the internet so I checked it and….. “can’t find network hardware” ….. wait, did it forget since last night where the network hardware is? Well, I tried to figure that out until I gave up 10 minutes later, shut the laptop down and checked mails and such on the phone while playing on PS4 and watching anime on my work laptop. Well, I had some options and no time on a Thursday to figure out what’s going on. Of course there’s no warranty on it anymore. Hooray.
    Friday I got out my old laptop which I updated for hours before I found out why I actually exchanged it for the current one – that noise is hilarious. But it does what I ask of it so I found my solution without bringing the newer one to repairs yet as I already saw myself confronted with buying a new card or an external stick or a complete new laptop. Eurgh.
    Then friends offered me to check out their old laptop which they would give me for free when visiting them end of August. So please please old laptop hang in there for another two weeks :/
  • Three weeks ago I had an issue with DHL. They wanted to handover a package on a Saturday between 9AM and 1PM. I was at home and waited. No one rang the bell. At 3PM I went downstairs to check the letterbox – nothing. At 7PM I repeated that and *tada* a letter telling me that they couldn’t find me at home and I can pick the package up at a parcel station…… I contacted Customer Support via mail and got a reply: We’re so sorry that happened but we had issues in our distribution center so we were not on time. As far as we understand you got a letter in your box stating where your package is, so please pick it up there.
    Wait what? Where’s the apology that the driver didn’t actually CARE to ring my bell?!  No, nothing.
  • Refurbishing neighbors managed to cause a water damage in my apartment end of May. They are still refurbishing – and last week also on different pipes in the kitchen and living room area. Don’t they ever learn?! I also complained to house tech about the noise they do at any given time (like Sunday 11PM!) but as I don’t know WHO is refurbishing all the time they can’t do anything (really, lazy bums!) – not even put up an official sign when refurbishing is allowed…. So I turned to weird measures like: Screaming into the ventilation system when they go past the officially allowed hours. Did that twice, suddenly they keep it to a minimum. Wow. But is there a thing like refurbishment addiction? I think they suffer from that.
  • My health insurance sent me a bill (217,xx EUR) to be paid on 19th of August about something I didn’t understand. Due to insurance system I need to pay certain things but this thing didn’t make sense. A CS member tried to explain to me that they can not figure out why this charge was made but it was declared by the pharmacy when I picked up medication and the insurance paid the pharmacy and as I don’t have an additional insurance they ask me to pay them. That’s the short version.
    They also advised me to go to the pharmacy to explain the charge as they wouldn’t know. (So what do they actually know except they want my money?)
    I then went to the pharmacy and was in discussion there for 30 minutes until I found out: that charge is related to my medication I received and as it is somewhat special they ask the insurance to pay a certain amount (which differs by month) – regardless of amount I receive – that is regulated by a contract between pharmacy and insurance. If I don’t have an additional insurance with the insurance company it gets forwarded to me to pay. Wow. And that I couldn’t be told by the insurance. So much for paying a lot of money for nothing. Literally. I’ll change the insurance end of this year so the performance and payment amount might improve (well…regarding amount hopefully not).
  • So now yesterday the thing in this post happened and is still ongoing.
    And that happened because my cellphone decided to drop dead a few times on Wednesday with no reason. And closing apps with a black screen before restarting.
    Ewwww. Yes, thank you~ because a malfunctioning laptop isn’t enough yet. New one costs me 99 EUR and I don’t even know if I will keep it. That’s why I ordered it for yesterday, so I could return it today and order a new one to get by tomorrow – but to hell with plans. Who needs those.
  • Yesterday I also had a nice letter from the Douane (import tax)… they caught a package from Japan and can’t file it as there is no exemplary on the European market. Duh. So they asked me to fill in a sheet of paper so they can declare taxes and finally release the package. Bleh. It’s all about the money these days.
  • I also received a paper from DHL that they tried to deliver a package (ain’t I busy with those lately?) and I can fill out online when/how it will be delivered at a later time. I chose: Friday (today), time: 18 – 21 (it was also marked like this on the sheet of paper they threw in my letter box!). Send. Perfect.
    Today I receive a mail: delivery will take place 11 – 15. Erm. What exactly is WRONG with these morons?! Another mail to them. And I can hear already blablablablabla they will send as reply. I really hope that Amazon will go back to “normal” delivery services such as PostNL as DHL delivery dudes are lazy apes.

 

Why does all this crap needs to happen in such short time? I don’t understand this at all. What did I do to deserve this stupid madness? -_- (Reason can’t be that I am a person that totally likes grey clouds and rain and thunderstorm 😛 that would be just really plain BS)
It really pisses me off that all these things happen in such a short time now – especially those things that cost money. I’m saving up for my holiday so any extra amount I need to pay blasts a hole in my saving plan x_x
I will manage that and at least cellphone and insurance money are covered but anything else like this coming up and I’ll be in trouble. I really hope that bad luck streak is over soon  😦 and also that I can use that laptop of friends else I need to think about a long-term solution which might result in buying a new laptop as the current one also has other issues which would need to be fixed and those might exceed the price of a new model – especially as I don’t know what is actually wrong with it – except the network hardware…
(maybe I’ll just buy any new DVDs when I visit friends in Germany so I won’t need to depend on DHL anymore 😀 but I’m not going really often to Germany per year so bleh but I did buy Skylanders worth about 250 EUR when I was in Germany at friends’ in February *lol*)

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Review: (Nerd) Website and Shipment Services

It is time for a new review!
As I ordered a lot of things in the last few weeks and months I will give you a nice overview of some things I ordered and if/when I received those 🙂
Please note that I am located in the Netherlands, EU – therefore some options are not interesting for everyone.

 

I’ll start with Skylanders:
As I completed my Skylander collection I ordered with several websites and shops – of course I will not mention those I went to personally as there was no shipment involved *lol*

  • Amazon.de: Skylanders SuperChargers Land Racing Pack
    Price: German price (as it is the German Amazon) + Dutch VAT (!)
    Pre-order as it was released a week before Easter in Europe – sent on 17th of March, first delivery attempt 22nd of March by PostNL, picked up on 23rd of March at a store that has a contract with PostNL.
  • Amazon.co.uk: Skylanders Elemental Pack 1 (Dark)
    Price: UK price (incl. VAT) + Shipment
    Ordered on 18th of January, delivered on 23rd of January by PostNL.
  • Amazon.com: several deliveries of several skylanders
    Price: US price (incl. VAT) + Shipment incl. import tax
    Delivery of those took 1-2 weeks due to being located in the US and time of shipments. Shipment never exceeded 2 weeks. One was really fast with arriving just 5 days after the order was placed. Delivered by PostNL.
  • eBay: Price depending on seller location. Possible Import Fee depending on seller location and how they filled out the papers.
    Delivery moment depending on seller location.
    There was one that went wrong – terribly so. If you didn’t read, please check out these posts for details: ebay GSPeBay GSP2, eBay GSP3 (I re-ordered the item through Amazon.com)
  • Skylanderskopen.nl: several skylanders in 3 shipments
    Price: EUR (incl. Dutch VAT) + Shipment
    Delivery had issues… not the one which was sent as a letter as this was sent with Post service but the following 2 delivered by GLS.
    The first delivery: the delivery guy couldn’t find my home address – after 2 failed attempts a guy who knows the area finally brought it to my address.
    Second delivery: I tried to let it send to my company address, informed our office lady about a package arriving… again couldn’t find it as they didn’t put in the complete address (just name + street + city + zip code — missing out on the company name so reception refused to take the package). I solved this while calling the driver and informing reception of the package.

 

If I don’t order Skylanders (don’t need to as I do have all for now)
I do order Anime/Game Figurines – with different websites of course 🙂 Those are my usual deliveries anyways and therefore the ones I got most experience with.

  • eBay / Amazon: Price: depending on seller
    Delivery: DHL, GLS or PostNL
    You might want to make REALLY sure you don’t buy counterfeits there! It happens. There is no way to know before you got the item and even if you know how to check that it might be hard to tell (and the original box is no indication that the figure itself is not counterfeit) – handle those options with care and only if you either don’t mind or if you trust the seller.
    eBay items might also get lost.
  • Figuya.de: Price: EUR (incl. import fee) + German VAT + Shipment
    Delivery: DHL or PostNL
    Always on time – tracking without any clueless “where-the-hell-is-it”-moments.
    They also have a convention delivery system (Meaning: you can pick your order up at a convention they are present) – I didn’t use that yet.
  • Archonia.com: Price: EUR (incl. import fee) + Dutch VAT + Shipment
    In general they are quite pricey but there are things that are considerably decently priced.
    Delivery: PostNL
    They have a convention delivery system – I used that, went well. You need the receipt of the order and pay (if you didn’t do so before) to get the item.
    I did have issues with one of the orders I placed last year.
    The figure was on “Available” and meant to be sent out within 48 hours which didn’t happen without any notice. So I contacted customer service and got a really rude reply that the item was delayed due to distributor problems – after they sent the reply to me they changed the website information. There was no apology what-so-ever but item was then delivered after it was available at their depot. But that actually made me refuse to use them for several months.
    I did use their website a few days ago, item was delivered next day.
  • J-List: Price: US Dollar (incl. VAT) + Shipment + possible Import Fee
    Delivery: PostNL
    They have a various selection of games, figures and other items.
    I ordered several times with them – even when I was still living in Germany. They are my first address to check if I am looking for Anko (they rarely have that in stock but it’s a reliable source to get it from) or Pockys.
    Items may be pricey compared to other sources – I do not know the reason for this as other items are cheap. Might be based on interest in series.
  • Plamoya: Price: can be chosen by user (I used EUR) + VAT + high chance item goes through customs when choosing EMS (it’s faster and cheaper than SAL)!
    Delivery: PostNL
    I used them once so far as they beat the price on any website for a figure (with me excluding possibility it might be counterfeit) – delivery is freaking fast (took less than a week although I did not choose any express option) but item was going through customs and research before I used them already told me that 99% of shipments end up in customs. I will update this after I received my 2nd delivery using EMS but chances are high that it’ll end up with paying customs 🙂
  • Nippon-Yasan: Price: can be chosen by user (I usually choose Japanese Yen or EUR) + VAT + Shipment (can be chosen by user) + possible import fee
    Delivery: PostNL
    They have a various selection of games, figures and other items. Although several shipment options.
    I have a recent issue with their shipment option “Transi-Logistic” (shipment once per week in a cargo heading to France and being distributed through there). Item was ordered and not send for 2 weeks by now – customer service informed me that it will be sent out today which it apparently did as I received the confirmation for transit just now.
    Any other shipment options (SAL, SAL ECO) I used did never had issues – until present.

 

So in general: I do have mostly positive experiences with the above mentioned websites and platforms but there are things that might go wrong. But this is also the case for other things in life 🙂
I won’t stop ordering with some websites just because I had a bad experience – yes, sure I might not use it for a while but I do give 2nd chances 😀
Delivery-whise I do not like GLS nor eBay GSP so I try to avoid that although with eBay orders you can not really see that they use GSP before you place the order.