$655 plus for a MC... ordered!
Can always change my mind when I see what NCSX charges.
Well I placed an order yesterday with HLJ on a MC for $655. plus shipping. Now the NCSX has the preorder up for $703.60 plus shipping I way the odds for a better route.
HLJ: MC $655. + Ship $60. = $715.00 US. The shipping is based on what I paid for a Series 10 MC last year & that could go up.
NCSX: MC $703.60 + Ship $41.18 = $744.78 US via USPS Priority Mail Int.
A $30.00 US difference, cheaper at HLJ. I am also taking 2 things into account on with whom to go with. Up here in Canada we pay a customs duty fee so ordering from either place I will get hit with that but then again maybe not, it's a hit & miss with Canada Post & thus far it has been good, not really a biggie for me.
This is the big factor tho & I'm sure for those who were around when Series 4 came out & just before we found out about Robby.jp will remember. I placed an order more a MC from HLJ. I have odered from them in the past with no problems but this one had my heart racing.
Instead of a factory sealed MC, HLJ sent 4 boxes of 12 in another box which was bigger than a MC box. I had no idea what to expect but I did fear the worse. Upon opening the boxes & checking things out, it turned out that HLJ opened a MC & plastic wrapped the 4 boxes & shipped them in a larger box. It all turned out well in the end but if it was to ever happen again, I have no choice but to return them back to HLJ for a refund & no doubt I would be screwed getting a sealed MC as by that time they would be discontinued.
Here are pics of what you would get in a MC & what I go from that Series 4 back in 2005.
Opened MC from above:
That is what you should get from the Medicom factory.
This is what I got from HLJ:
Definitely not a FSMC, an opened MC & repacked.
Now, since Robby.jp sold out his business (RIP), we scrambled to find another source, NCSX was found. I went back to HLJ last year for Series 10. All was good with both places, NCSX worked out very well for Jeff thus far. HLJ cancelled his massive order which was very strange but my order went through.
Now what I am getting at here is, do I take a chance with HLJ again for a cheaper price & hope like hell it's a sealed MC or do I pay the $30. more & know that I wll get a sealed MC?
With HLJ, you can place an order & cancel anytime & no charge till they get them & the item is processed so that is nice to hold onto. With NCSX, looks like the same so nice to have that too.
I am going to take a gamble here & go with NCSX for the extra bit. Untill I hear back from HLJ that they will guarantee me a FSMC, NCSX wins IMHO.
Please note that I have nothing against HLJ, I have ordered many items from them & would do it again in a heart beat but that Series 10 fiasco just sits in the back of my head especially since this Series has will...
include a pop-up cardboard display which is designed to look like Jabba's palace in each Master Carton of 4 factory cases.
Hate like hell to pay uber $$$ for this set & expect a FSMC & when it arrives, it's the other way around with no display insight.
Sorry for the ramble but I'm sure you can see what worries me.
I hope this Series pans out well for all of you & if Jeff can get a deal, that would be awesome.
Bloody Medicom, they keep giving me a reason why I love to hate them.