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Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 14th, 2014, 11:42 am
by davewellington
Hey, anyone order from akishop recently? I see the website is back up, but the latest update is from mid 2013, and haven't seen anyone order anything from there recently. Just need a few buttons and a stick for my HSS-0136 :) Cheers

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 14th, 2014, 12:10 pm
by pubjoe
Yeah I used them recently. Took them about a month to post my order but all good.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 14th, 2014, 12:14 pm
by davewellington
http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=49779"
was just reading this, kinda want 1 week turnaround rather than 1 month :D guess i'll buy somewhere else. Didn't realise lizardlick had closed it's doors. Maybe i'll try riverservice!

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 14th, 2014, 1:04 pm
by pubjoe
Fine if it's not urgent. Were they ever quick?

I was in no rush, and the price difference was crazy. my order with Akihabarashop cost £16 delivered. It would have cost nearly £50 with most other shops - their £3 per button soon mounts up.

Let me know if you know a cheap, but quick alternative? I browsed a couple of .jp shops that said they ship overseas if you email them but I didn't bother testing them out. One had a particularly large selection and was < 100yen per Seimitsu button but I can't remember what it was called now.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 14th, 2014, 3:45 pm
by crmb
i made a small order the 29/05 (air mail), no news so far (don't know if its shipped or not)

Will let you know when a get it

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 14th, 2014, 4:07 pm
by pubjoe
akihurryuppashop.jp wrote:03/09/2014 Pending
03/09/2014 Pending
03/24/2014 Processing [this is the last update]
04/22/2014 The order turned up at my door.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: June 18th, 2014, 2:30 pm
by crmb
got it today

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: July 9th, 2014, 11:35 pm
by davewellington
My experience with riverservice -
Order 14th
Invoice 16th
Paid 18th
Sent 23rd
Arrived 7th. They threw in a phone charm, and all of the emails I received were hand written which I appreciated. Overall I recommend them though the order could have gone through a little faster.

edit: wrote aki instead of rs

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: August 26th, 2014, 3:50 pm
by Devil Soundwave
Been waiting over a month since order for some stuff from Aki.

Marked as processing on 4th August, but no contact since. No response to my emails. :problem:

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: August 26th, 2014, 3:55 pm
by pubjoe
Normal procedure. "processing" is the last update you'll see. Could turn up any day between now and another month I reckon.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: August 26th, 2014, 3:59 pm
by Devil Soundwave
pubjoe wrote:Normal procedure. "processing" is the last update you'll see. Could turn up any day between now and another month I reckon.
Meh.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 1st, 2014, 9:51 pm
by Devil Soundwave
Devil Soundwave wrote:Been waiting over a month since order for some stuff from Aki.

Marked as processing on 4th August, but no contact since. No response to my emails. :problem:
Ordered 27th July. Processing 4th August. Finally, based on ParcelForce/customs charge, it seems my order arrives tomorrow, 2nd September.

Never did get a photo or tracking number from them either. Pretty ****. They could have taken 2 months if they had liked as long as they communicated, but they didn't respond to a single one of my emails asking where my stuff was, so I'll use RIverService next time I think.

Pretty sure it's my Aki stuff anyway, unless ParcelForce now also handle incoming seamail which is the only other large parcel I have on the way from Japan.

Akihabara shop: :thumbdown:

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 1st, 2014, 10:01 pm
by emphatic
I'm pretty sure the owner of the store hired some help that doesn't know English to handle the orders while he himself's concentrating on Aki Shop Customs. Apparently, the software engineer working on the firmware has been ill, causing massive delays in the finishing of the PS360+. I do hope akibarashop could be as good as before one day though.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 1st, 2014, 10:08 pm
by Devil Soundwave
emphatic wrote:I'm pretty sure the owner of the store hired some help that doesn't know English to handle the orders while he himself's concentrating on Aki Shop Customs. Apparently, the software engineer working on the firmware has been ill, causing massive delays in the finishing of the PS360+. I do hope akibarashop could be as good as before one day though.

Yeah, I'd heard this too, but you know, filling an order from an order list and sending it to an address is pretty language universal. They're just being totally lame.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 2nd, 2014, 7:04 am
by cools
PF handle sea packages.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 2nd, 2014, 7:56 am
by Devil Soundwave
cools wrote:PF handle sea packages.
Ah. Well, the customs charge was quite high so if it's my stools I'll be very surprised but we'll see. :)

EDIT: Nah, defo the Aki shop stuff as the waybill tracking shows it was only sent on the 13th August whereas the stools where sent about two weeks earlier.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 2nd, 2014, 1:50 pm
by Devil Soundwave
'Twas Aki shop. Despite the slow service, very well packed. Just need to go through it now to ensure it's all there but looking good. Feel a but less annoyed now. Don't use Aki if you are in a hurry, basically. They come through in the end.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 2nd, 2014, 3:53 pm
by pubjoe
Yeah that sums them up really.

I'd like to know a good alternative that's anywhere near their prices and UK shipping costs.

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 2nd, 2014, 4:39 pm
by Devil Soundwave
pubjoe wrote:Yeah that sums them up really.

I'd like to know a good alternative that's anywhere near their prices and UK shipping costs.
River Service seems like an alternative?

Re: Akihabara Shop still in business?

Posted: September 2nd, 2014, 5:39 pm
by TadCool
Seems like they didn't change in four years.

Back in 2010, when I got my fist candy, I ordered some stuff from Akishop, hoping to get it in a timely manner - I was living in Japan at the time.

Weeks later, my order was still in process. Man, I only had Street Fighter Zero and 3 buttons on my panel... So I ordered the same stuff directly from Seimitsu and got it two days later.

After a couple of months, got my first box of spares from Akishop. :shifty:
Devil Soundwave wrote:Don't use Aki if you are in a hurry, basically. They come through in the end.
:) :thumbupright: