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  • Nice work assembling this article.

    I've always played the strategy of using only enough to get me down to $150 to get free EMS shipping (which itself is anywhere around a $60-80 CAD value), and only shopping during big Cashback items, 40 % and up.

    The only one time I paid for an item in full was when there was a 60% cashback on it. For something like that, I worked out the math that it pays off to maximize the amount of cashback earned rather than to use some TOM points to earn back a bit only some.
    Il y a 7 mois
    weweIl y a 8 mois#70841514I didn’t realize you can make this type of blog, I mean this is an easy promotion of a shop.
    But as we’re here, I have some unethical life protips:
    Voir le spoilerCacher le spoilera)best pricebest price TOM out of pocket costs can be quantified and compared between their promos and other shops, assuming minimum of $150 out of pocket, and making as many points back as used. Take their listed price, multiply by 100-y where y is a percentage discount, then divide by 1.x where x is the current cash back.
    suppose 15%coupon and 40x cash back:
    out of pocket = (price X .85) / 1.40 = .607...

    Essentially, out of pocket is .607 of the listed price, meaning the above promotion is actually 39% off, assuming you’re spending over $150, and you’ll get back the same amount of points that you used to get the sale price.

    b)reservation systemreservation systemTOM’s cart is live: stock will stay in your cart until you remove it or completed checkout within the 30 (formerly 15) minute timer, as long as there is activity on the site. Loading a page counts as activity. If you have a plugin that refreshes the site, you have effectively ‘reserved’ the item indefinitely without paying..
    Thanks for the "B)" point protip! Useful indeed XD
    Il y a 8 mois
    PanchitoMatte Emilia-tan Maji Tenshi!
    spinners_groveIl y a 8 mois#71273356Popping back in just to say that basically whenever someone posts a "is TOM worth it, someone explain the whole thing to me" question from now on, I'm just going to link this and walk away. You've done good work, and I appreciate it immensely.By all means. Thanks! hahahah
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    Il y a 8 mois
    Popping back in just to say that basically whenever someone posts a "is TOM worth it, someone explain the whole thing to me" question from now on, I'm just going to link this and walk away. You've done good work, and I appreciate it immensely.
    Il y a 8 mois
    PanchitoMatteIl y a 8 mois#70874541I am glad that I could enlighten you in some way, but I fear that my tactics in this article may not align exactly with your situation. As some users have already pointed out to me, shipping costs for regions outside of North America may differ significantly in some cases. I suspect the $150 free ground shipping may not always exist for other countries, and only expensive options like SAL or EMS are available choices. In situations like this, unfortunately, I do not think that I can provide accurate and beneficial advice to affected users. However, feel free to open up the TOM webshop and run a couple of test-buys (just do not click "PAY") to see how well my tutorial aligns with your region! I hope that your future purchases go well, regardless of who you chose to buy from.

    It does work! I made a few tests and most of the scales qualify for free shipping to Peru if you meet the US$ 150 threshold. Some larger scales are not included (for example, the Rem figure they had on sale today), but I'm guessing that's the same for everybody?
    Il y a 8 mois
    Many thanks for making this guide!

    I've always wondered if there is the best way fully take advantage of the point system and this guide helps tremendously.

    I'm just curious if TOM is more of an advantage for people here living in the States due to low shipping cost (I'm assuming TOM receives their shipment from Japan and then ships it to customers throughout America) versus people who lives overseas and makes an order at TOM.
    Il y a 8 mois
    PanchitoMatte Emilia-tan Maji Tenshi!
    MartinTremoladaIl y a 8 mois#70848577Click for quotationClick to hideThank you so much for this post! I've been thinking of switching from AmiAmi to TOM for a while now, and this may have finally convinced me. Living in Peru I constantly find myself paying between 50 and 60 dollars for shipping per month (and my orders are usually two or three nendoroids plus one scale or prize figure). I feel that if I pace my shopping to only buy when TOM point promos are going on, I could at least get to a point where I'm paying regular listing price (and I mean the original item's price, not TOM's overprice) and save the shipping to Peru, which would be a lot more convenient for me. I wish I could start my TOM shopping with this end of year sale but I have a bunch of AmiAmi pre-orders up until june 2020 that I don't want to cancel for fear of being banned :/.
    I am glad that I could enlighten you in some way, but I fear that my tactics in this article may not align exactly with your situation. As some users have already pointed out to me, shipping costs for regions outside of North America may differ significantly in some cases. I suspect the $150 free ground shipping may not always exist for other countries, and only expensive options like SAL or EMS are available choices. In situations like this, unfortunately, I do not think that I can provide accurate and beneficial advice to affected users. However, feel free to open up the TOM webshop and run a couple of test-buys (just do not click "PAY") to see how well my tutorial aligns with your region! I hope that your future purchases go well, regardless of who you chose to buy from.
    Il y a 8 mois
    PanchitoMatte Emilia-tan Maji Tenshi!
    PyroPandaIl y a 8 mois#70873159Click for quotationClick to hideI would like to correct you in regards to the EMS details. At least in the case for Australia, we only have SAL and EMS options, this means if any package is too large for SAL (eg a 1/4 scale figure or a couple of 1/7 scales) TOM will always default to EMS. This changes the maths slightly for aussie consumers as larger sized orders with EMS will always result in higher out of pocket expenditure.
    This means preordering is usually the way to go as TOM ships out orders as they're released, thus if you buy 3 1/7 scales that are on preorder, they all get shipped individually with SAL (ie $0 shipping) in comparision buying 3 instock 1/7 scales, which will then be bundled in a larger package and forces you to spend a additional 30~usd (which is a large chunk if you're aiming to alway utilise the 150 shipping goal). However, this makes timing advantageous orders tougher as having multiple figures be on preorder whilst TOM has a promotion is all up to ambiguous timings.
    It should also be noted that if you are fine with collecting preowned figures they are almost always going to be a better deal than TOM. Keeping track of what items you want (both items that are in-stock and to be released), along a general idea on a figure's aftermarket price will greatly benefit how you approach buying at TOM. Some e.gs: TOM opens a preorder of a 1/7 seasonal waifu. You really loved the character from 2018, however she isn't very popular with the general audience. Cheaper option here is usually wait 3 or more months after the figure releases and then buy her on amiami preowned. However, now let's say a very popular character (eg someone from no game no life) is on preorder at TOM (price is 10% markup from amiami), along with a promotion that's >30 TOM points. It's very likely that this figure will have a inflated aftermarket price that's at least 20% more than it's rrp. Thus it's a no brainer to buy this figure brand new at TOM.

    Hahaha, wow. That's a lot of new information. Thank you for sharing the Australian perspective as I unfortunately do not live in that region and cannot know of their shipping situation. Yes, indeed, this revelation will change how a person would need to apply their points in a way that is to their favor. However, I think that the gist of what I've written can still be translated or mutated to align with the circumstance that someone else is experiencing. If it means more, smaller orders, then that will need to be what is done to reduce shipping costs. Thanks again, PyroPanda.
    Il y a 8 mois
    PanchitoMatteIl y a 8 mois#70839046Ah, yes... Thank you for reminding me of that EMS scenario, as it happened to me not long ago when I purchased ITEM #676008. The reason for that shipping anomaly is because the figure ships from TOM's Japan warehouse. I will try to fit it into the article!
    Also, thank you for commenting about the addictiveness of Tokyo Otaku Mode's promotions. While not the scope of the article, I've upvoted your comment so that others can be aware of that reality. Ultimately, I think the issue of buying more than we intended occurs differently for all of us.
    Again, great contribution to what I've written. Thanks a bunch.


    I would like to correct you in regards to the EMS details. At least in the case for Australia, we only have SAL and EMS options, this means if any package is too large for SAL (eg a 1/4 scale figure or a couple of 1/7 scales) TOM will always default to EMS. This changes the maths slightly for aussie consumers as larger sized orders with EMS will always result in higher out of pocket expenditure.

    This means preordering is usually the way to go as TOM ships out orders as they're released, thus if you buy 3 1/7 scales that are on preorder, they all get shipped individually with SAL (ie $0 shipping) in comparision buying 3 instock 1/7 scales, which will then be bundled in a larger package and forces you to spend a additional 30~usd (which is a large chunk if you're aiming to alway utilise the 150 shipping goal). However, this makes timing advantageous orders tougher as having multiple figures be on preorder whilst TOM has a promotion is all up to ambiguous timings.

    It should also be noted that if you are fine with collecting preowned figures they are almost always going to be a better deal than TOM. Keeping track of what items you want (both items that are in-stock and to be released), along a general idea on a figure's aftermarket price will greatly benefit how you approach buying at TOM. Some e.gs: TOM opens a preorder of a 1/7 seasonal waifu. You really loved the character from 2018, however she isn't very popular with the general audience. Cheaper option here is usually wait 3 or more months after the figure releases and then buy her on amiami preowned. However, now let's say a very popular character (eg someone from no game no life) is on preorder at TOM (price is 10% markup from amiami), along with a promotion that's >30 TOM points. It's very likely that this figure will have a inflated aftermarket price that's at least 20% more than it's rrp. Thus it's a no brainer to buy this figure brand new at TOM.
    Il y a 8 mois
    Thanks for the write up. Coming from Australia where our lovely goverment collects an additional 10% on the finaly price + shipping made a huge difference and forced me to jump ship to TOM (whom doesn't collect GST for now). The only downside is they don't have a lot of exclusive brands including Alter for some reason ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Il y a 8 mois
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