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*Yes, yes. I've left my cozy little nook at SSF & ventured to the dark side, OSW* :lol

Okay, so I am currently in the process of setting up a shop in Aus (YAY!)

I've always been frustrated at how there are no proper dealers here, & how we always have to resort to buy from the US or ebayers from HK. So I thought I'd do it myself; create a store (& website) not unlike Toys2, AlterEgo, CornerStore (without the CC fraud, of course!), & to a lesser extent, Sideshow!

Eventually, I (hopefully) will have a direct HT account in addition to Sideshow, so I can offer lower retail prices & faster shipping (as if you were buying straight from HK). Newsletters, comps, rewards points & all that are going to be intergrated into the site.

Anyway, enough of my rambling, the point of this post is to just find out:how many Australians are on this forum; if there is demand for a proper dealer in Aus (I think the answer to that is a definate YES); & where you guys currently get (most) of your goodies from?

I look forward to the (hopeful) results of this little marketing research I've got going here!
(And if you've already read this at the Freak's, I am so, so sorry! LOL)

Cheers!
 

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Sound's good im in Brisbane would be interested in Hot Toy's figure's,
Not a great deal of 1/6 here,D.I.D would be good to get hold of as well.
 

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I'm in Sydney & an enthusiastic buyer :wink, there's a heap of us here @ OSW.. There is a huge shortage of gear here in Oz, as you yourself would know - I say - I have bought from the following,

Hobbypro - St Mary's NSW
Military Workshop - Brisbane
Battlebridgebooks - Parramatta
Ozie Goods - Maroubra, NSW
Figures direct
Pop Cultcha
Ebay - Far too many to list - Many from Hong Kong
OSW! - yep have done some great deals & picked up some good figures here from fellow members.
Astro Hobby - Chinatown Sydney - Now Closed
Astro Hobby - QVB - Sydney

I would say if it's in Australia & i'm aware of it i have spent coin there!
 

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Well it's certainly nice to see that there a few of us on here - pretty quiet over at SSF. Just another thing, probably should've mentioned this before, but am thinking of primarily doing Sideshow & Hot Toys. Now I know this board is mainly military collectibles, and I take it from the stores you listed Gamilaroi, they're all military related?
But keep the feedback coming, as I said, the freaks aren't been particularly helpful! :rolleyes

Cheers!
 

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Sorry, yes Oziegoods aren't ALL military - I've bought a few hard-to-find things from them. But it seems they don't get that many NEW items in. Their website definitely needs to be updated! Their eBay store has a few new items & pre-orders.......no Sideshow, pretty much all HT.

Pop Cultcha is pretty much the closest thing to a proper SS & HT dealer here. But they are WAY over-priced. Mainly because they buy from Ikon Collectables here, instead of directly from SS. But PC is just a site, no storefront, right?

Figures Direct are pretty good. Don't like their ordering system of sending an order form though. Seems they've got quite a few of the new HT pre-orders; but their prices are still very high!
 

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*Yes, yes. I've left my cozy little nook at SSF & ventured to the dark side, OSW* :lol

Okay, so I am currently in the process of setting up a shop in Aus (YAY!)

I've always been frustrated at how there are no proper dealers here, & how we always have to resort to buy from the US or ebayers from HK. So I thought I'd do it myself; create a store (& website) not unlike Toys2, AlterEgo, CornerStore (without the CC fraud, of course!), & to a lesser extent, Sideshow!

Eventually, I (hopefully) will have a direct HT account in addition to Sideshow, so I can offer lower retail prices & faster shipping (as if you were buying straight from HK). Newsletters, comps, rewards points & all that are going to be intergrated into the site.

Anyway, enough of my rambling, the point of this post is to just find out:how many Australians are on this forum; if there is demand for a proper dealer in Aus (I think the answer to that is a definate YES); & where you guys currently get (most) of your goodies from?

I look forward to the (hopeful) results of this little marketing research I've got going here!
(And if you've already read this at the Freak's, I am so, so sorry! LOL)

Cheers!
Yeah Dude count me in !!!! Have you seen my Hot Toys & Sideshow Museum inb Adelaide? I'll definitely buy a case load from U !!! check this out ::
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134725&highlight=hot+toys+museum
Steve
 

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This is the one area that frustrations collectors the most: lack of nearby stores to 'window shop'. Good luck in your venture and hope you succeed.
 

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From what I can see on the Hot toys site:

http://www.hottoys.com.hk/index.php?target=pages&page_id=contact

under their contacts page, don't they already have Australian Distributors?

Oziegoods, who I've bought Hot Toys items from them plenty of times, have always told me they are the Hot Toys distributor for Australia

the most recent figure I bought from them was a T-700, isn't that a new figure? I thought I got it as a really good price too

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From what I can see on the Hot toys site:

http://www.hottoys.com.hk/index.php?target=pages&page_id=contact

under their contacts page, don't they already have Australian Distributors?

Oziegoods, who I've bought Hot Toys items from them plenty of times, have always told me they are the Hot Toys distributor for Australia

the most recent figure I bought from them was a T-700, isn't that a new figure? I thought I got it as a really good price too

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So - There is nothing wrong with having more than one supplier - frankly it would be better to have some healthy competiton. I have noticed you only have six posts on these boards and three of them are recommending oziegoods - Hot Toys have "A" distributor in Australia . No offence to Rod, as i have said before i have bought from him & he is a nice bloke, I would suggest your a friend of Rod's? I really hope Chaser Fan can get his business of the ground - and if there is anyway i can support that i would - Good luck Chaser fan - I say DO IT! Let me be your 1st customer!
 

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So - There is nothing wrong with having more than one supplier - frankly it would be better to have some healthy competiton. I have noticed you only have six posts on these boards and three of them are recommending oziegoods - Hot Toys have "A" distributor in Australia . No offence to Rod, as i have said before i have bought from him & he is a nice bloke, The site is never updated & i would suggest your a friend of Rod's? I really hope Chaser Fan can get his business of the ground - and if there is anyway i can support that i would - Good luck Chaser fan - I say DO IT! Let me be your 1st customer!
Im sorry you want to jump all over someone who is just expressing their opinon.
 

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Im sorry you want to jump all over someone who is just expressing their opinon.
No sorry - I am not jumping over you - just expressing "my" opinion, please don't be offended that was not my intentions. I merely suggested you are a friend and that 50% of your posts recommend Ozie goods - that to me shows an interest in a dealer not a hobby - Is that "jumping" over someone? If i offended you i apologise.
 

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No sorry - I am not jumping over you - just expressing "my" opinion, please don't be offended that was not my intentions. I merely suggested you are a friend and that 50% of your posts recommend Ozie goods - that to me shows an intesrest in a dealer not a hobby - Is that "jumping" over someone? If i offended you i apologise.
So, your saying just because I pointed out on Hot Toys site they have a distributor for Australia, when chaser fan reckons there are no dealers or distributors for Australia or "real" dealers and that I share my buying experience with Oziegoods when the topic comes up that I have an interest in a dealer? Just because the times I have bought from Rod I have been happy with the service and price, means I can't express that and make a point about another post which is trying to say otherwise?

I don't think you should infer a satisfied customer is a friend, when you do not know otherwise.
 

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So, your saying just because I pointed out on Hot Toys site they have a distributor for Australia, when chaser fan reckons there are no dealers or distributors for Australia or "real" dealers and that I share my buying experience with Oziegoods when the topic comes up that I have an interest in a dealer? Just because the times I have bought from Rod I have been happy with the service and price, means I can't express that and make a point about another post which is trying to say otherwise?

I don't think you should infer a satisfied customer is a friend, when you do not know otherwise.
Fair enough pal. As an Australian 1/6 hobby enthusiest - If anything we should be supporting fellow members like Chaser starting up a business for our own interests. Chaser doesn't say there are no dealers he says there are no "proper" dealers. The fact is we need to embrace and support anything that remotely helps the hobby grow in Australia. Anyway enough to and fro Banter - Again good luck Chaser on your business endevours - keep us posted mate.
 

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My understanding is that Oziegoods are a local store who happens to stock Hot Toys. There may be some claims that they are "the" local distributor for HT but then we don't know if they are "the exclusive" distributor or simply "a" distributor (since Ikon is there as well, the latter makes more sense).

Having said that, I've bought from them occasionally.

I get the majority of my stuff from the following places, mostly US-based because you can develop a good relationship with them if you buy regularly and they don't rip you off like the HKers:

Viking Playground (HT, Sideshow, Soldier Story, Triad, Toys City)
Kerenza (eBay, but US-based) - (Soldier Story, DiD, Toys City, Some HT Mil)
Azteca aka PointPlankToys - (Mostly loose parts, some boxed DiD, Soldier Story, HT figs)
rscustomtoys - (DML mostly, some cheap Sideshow)

In Australia:
1911williams (James) - Australian One-Sixth (ebay) - (Barrack Sgt, loose parts)
oziegoods (HT and TS)
Popcultcha (only Sideshow stuff on sale) - They have a storefront in Geelong. I forgot the B&M store name, it's basically like Minotaur Books.
Minotaur Books (B&M retail, Melb) - A couple of Sideshow figs that have been hard to source anywhere else (overpriced).
Casefresh (Aussie Web Store) - (Only Star Wars Sideshow and a couple Medicom SW - when things are on sale - used to get a lot of 4" Star Wars stuff from them.)

There are a few places in HK I've bought from. Minibarbie for a few specific parts would be the only one worth mentioning since I started buying from the above US guys.

Really though, in order to get my business, you're primarily competing with the 4 US retailers listed at the top there. Between them I can get almost anything, fast, and at a good price, and I've been treated extrordinarily well as a customer by all four.

Speaking for myself only, simply being a local Aussie retailer with "about the same" prices would no longer do enough for me to make me buy from someone other than those four. And it's still mail-order to Melb whether it's from QLD or NYC.

Not to be a damper, just being very honest.

cheers mate, and good luck with it. I'll keep an eye out.
 

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chaser fan reckons there are no dealers or distributors for Australia or "real" dealers
Okay, 16scale, don't put words in my mouth! As Gamilaroi said, I said "there are no proper dealers here". When I say "proper dealer" I mean someone that stocks pretty much ALL of HT's stuff. Sure Oziegoods stocks HT, but only some of it. Their website hasn't been updated for, what it looks like, at least a year. The only place it seems they sell NEW stuff is on they're eBay store - even then, they only have a few pre-orders up. I mean, on their website, they list their products primarily in USD$; why do that when your customers are Australian!? To me, the only reason they are on HT website (they weren't listed on their old website two weeks ago) is because they have an account with HT - that doesn't mean they are the 'Official Australian HT Distributor', they just happen to buy a few things from them.

Go look at Toys2 and you'll get what what I'm talking about in terms of a 'proper dealer'.

Rant over!
 

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You say there are no proper dealers here in Australia right? and another way to say the same thing would be "there are no dealers or distributors for Australia or 'real' dealers" because that dont carry every thing listed on Hot Toys site?

but the proof is there are two Australian dealers on Hot Toys site, on their official site.
 
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