Yes, I'm cancelling as well, as of April's shipment once I get Mallah and the Brain. Was going to cancel this month but had a change of heart because I'd be losing money on the Mallah figure that I had to pre-pay for and I figured I lost enough money over this. One of my friends is also cancelling his 6 subscriptions (1 Watchmen, 1 DC, 4 MOTUC) after April. Also, a guy I know with an LCS is cancelling 10 Filmation Subs because he saw all the complaints on the Matty boards about shipping. He already charged $30 to $35 on his stuff which I thought was fair compared to most prices I've seen but going by that math, he was barely making on average 5 bucks on each of those figures. To make the same 5 bucks, he'd now need to raise his prices to $50 to $55 depending on the figure and how badly he gets dinged on duties.
I'm leaning towards cancelling myself. I also hate the thought of it but as a consumer my only voice is my wallet. It's sad but they just aren't getting the message.
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I just saw this. I just don't get it. It sure must cost them a lot for labor if they need to charge us this much for shipping and handling. If this line was produced by a smaller company I would actually buy those comments but Mattel is massive and can easily work out better deals then we are being offered.
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I am in a very good spot compared to a lot of Canadians. I only have a 15 minute drive across the border and have all my stuff shipped to the UPS store in NY state. Shipping is very reasonable and rarely do I get stung with HST when I bring them back. If I have to pay what you guys do on a monthly basis I would have dropped the line a long time ago.
The latest furor comes as the flaw in DR's armor was just shown with the big map shipping fiasco. No longer can they say that it is based on weight and destination. We all know now that it is a tiered scale based on number of pieces. I wouldn't expect any movement on the shipping front until closer to the end of the sub drive. I seriously think the 2014 year is in a lot of trouble and it is due to shipping costs. When the international fanbase falls by the wayside, maybe then we will get some action. Until then, there is zero reason for them to do anything, they already have people signed up.
It's not like these are Strobos that he can get some poor soul to shell out 150 clams for on eBay. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the designs and at least to me, they're essential to a collection, but I'm pretty sure that they're going to fall to the sidelines like the 30th Anniversary set. I don't see how it makes sense to challenge me on the issue of a LCS in my city when we're pretty much all fuming over something that you don't even suffer from as you already stated, you drive 15 minutes to get your stuff from UPS. You're not getting dinged. We are. We're angry and after getting poked by fak-or and the rest of the unsympathetic sods who have nothing better to do than to visit the Matty threads regarding international shipping and telling us why Matty reserves a legal right to rip us off, even what you just said is enough to set me off at this point so I'm sorry if I come across as aggressive but you really didn't pick a good time for that. I mean, really, what did it have to do with anything?
Yes, it's clear that Digital River charges for the most expensive to ship item on the cart as the base rate, then they each have a combined cost that removes around a couple of dollars per item added. I imagine the database is something like:
Name of Item: MOTUC Figure Base Ship Cost: $14 Combined Ship Cost: $11
Nothing is weighed.
I DON'T buy that this Map shipping issue was an error. I believe that Digital River tried to squeeze a few extra coins off of us and even Matty knew where they had to draw the line this time. Unfortunately, I was still dinged $3 to ship the damned map. Better than what we were charged before but that's not the point. It's also better to be shot in the leg than shot in the head, but both are unpleasant.
I just spoke to my buddy over the phone, he doesn't have 6 subs, he actually has 8. According to him, he was sucked in when they threatened the subs would end this year and bought some extra DC CIE subs to support the line. He paid $98 to ship the lot. Ouch.
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Anger aside, it will certainly be interesting come sub time this year. I'm genuinely curious how bad their numbers will drop, or if they'll remain strong because of brand loyalty and we'll all just be stuck holding the proverbial bag.
Either way, as there aren't many months this year with single figures shipping, I will likely stick it out for the rest of the year simply because of the Filmation sub. I'm with the crowd that thinks those figures will be stupid expensive on the after market because they won't be around day-of. You needn't look further than Fang Man to see that. If I didn't have the Filmation sub, I would likely cancel my remainder of the year including my Watchmen sub because IMO those figures are over priced. The jury is still out on 2014 but I highly suspect I'll be passing on the sub if the prices don't change. And then when TG comes crying about sub numbers, I will shake my head in disgust.
The tricky part is it's almost infuriating either way: if they change the prices next year to be more reasonable, it'll be frustrating as they could've easily done that earlier this year instead of ripping us off. However, if they don't, it'll be frustrating because we know their prices are a load of garbage and they're shooting themselves in the foot with their idiocy. It sucks.
2014 is now the "All Star Year"....damn...
Now nobody attack me but...I think Matty is getting their shipping "deal" from DR...so when TG says "that is what it costs" I actually think he is telling the truth...that is what DR is charging them to ship the items....AND YES...it is too high....but I think they made the deal...and not a good deal....and they are stuck with it until a window opens...whatever and whenever that is...
I am sitting in front of my display...and I hate the extra money this collection is costing us...but damn there are some REALLY important holes to fill...I can't believe we may not get them filled...Multi Bot / Scorpia / Ninjor / Rio Blast / Scorpia / Two Badd / Horde Trooper...
Really going to have to think hard about a sub next year...$$$ or the ALL STAR YEAR....
Unfortunately I don't think anything we do is going to change anything...I think TG knows there is an issue...but there is no fix...
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I'm gonna stick it out with this sub, just need to sacrifice other toyline in the meantime I think.
It's funny how expensive collecting this line has become. I only started MOTU last year, and was able to backtrack most of the figure at less than cost. The most expensive I paid for was for an SDCC Grayskull ($102), Shadow Weaver ($60) and Wundar ($50). Now one figure cost $40!
Before MOTU, the one line I tried to complete was DCUC and DCSH, and again, the 2 most expensive figures I got was Batman, Catwoman and Mr. Freeze, yet back then it was like spending $120-160 every 4 months for one wave of figures. These days Im spending like $80-100 a month! Times have change.
Excellent. I hope someone posted that on Matty. I'm heading to bed but I'll check tomorrow and do it myself if it hasn't been done yet.
What about reporting Matty/DR to the Better Business Bureau? Maybe that'll force them to get their act together.
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The BBB doesn't do much to help.
I hope they get this shipping cost thing sorted out soon. I know shipping costs keep going up in the US, but DR shipping costs? Blargh. DOES NOT COMPUTE!
I'm concerned that DR s/h costs might do more to jeopardize the 2014 sub sales than anything else.
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