May 13th, 2011

Usakumya

How to Reserve from BtSSB & AatP

With the new releases, small changes to the reservation system and an increased influx of questions lately, I decided to make an updated guide for reserving items from BtSSB/AatP, complete with step-by-step instructions and visuals through the entire process, since the one on their website only gives so much info and is restrictive to one page.


 

 
 

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AatP grossly over-estimating sizes?

Back in April I purchased a Vampire Requiem JSK from BtSSB/AatP.  According to the official measurements, the JSK has a maximum bust of 37 inches and a maximum waist of 32 inches.  When my JSK arrived, I found I couldn't get it zipped.  Like a fool, I (unrealistically) assumed that I had gained a bunch of weight and this was the reason for it not fitting. 

The other day, when going through egl_comm_sales , I saw octavekitten 's sales thread.  She purchased an AatP Circus JSK, which promised a max. bust of 36 inches.  When she measured, it was only 31 inches!  She had to have it professionally altered in order to fit.

This made me question whether or not my own JSK was incorrectly sized (or sewn).  Yep.  My JSK has a maximum bust of 31 inches, too.  SIX INCHES LESS THAN ADVERTISED!    When you pay $350+ for a dress, I guess I just assumed it would be made to the manufacturer's posted specifications.  Needless to say, this has made me incredibly weary of purchasing any new items from BtSSB/AatP.


Has anyone else had serious sizing issues with either BtSSB or AatP before?  Or was my experience anomalous?
I knead, roll and bake scammers.

WARNING: YOYBUY REVIEW / YOYBUY SCAM / YOYBUY PROBLEMS / WWW.YOYBUY.COM ! HELP!!

The following might sound annoying, but please bear with me. I post this for your own good.
If you're planning to buy from China, specially taobao.com. And you're looking for a purchasing agent, DO NOT USE YOYBUY.

If you happened to have purchased from taobao using YOYBUY, and it was a smooth experience, then let me tell you, you got lucky.

In the next several weeks / months, I will post my first hand experience with yoybuy, exactly telling why it's best to STAY AWAY from
them. I have emails, pictures and videos to back me up, no made up stories, all real reviews.

But just to be fair, I personally find some yoybuy purchasers pretty efficient and good-at-what-they-do, the purchasers didn't cause major problems ( some did, but most didn't ). The problems / service I'm referring to are more so towards their customer service, reliability, communication, and their system.

Let me share my most recent problem with them. This is just ONE OF MANY PROBLEMS I've had.
I will share more experience from the past in my later posts.

It all started when Yoybuy “forgot” to include 4 items in my last parcel. These 4 items was paid international shipping fees, as well as all related fees. They realize they made the mistake in “forgetting” to including it in my parcel, but unwilling to re-send these items to me on its own. They instead suggested they will include this ( send these items along) in my next parcel (when i place a new order with them in the future). They assured me, that they will not charge another international postage fee towards the weight of these 4 items, the weight of these 4 items was at 0.157KG ( 157 G).

I went with the latter option, for they were threatening me a light item might be lost if i insist to have it mailed to me. So I place a new parcel with them, I paid international postage for my newly placed items, weighted at 1.8KG, added 10% for packaging, turns out to be roughly 1.997KG. Made payment for 2KG. About a week later, the company directly deducted money from my “account” on their site, claiming it is a deduction for my package was 2.3KG, so they charged a 3KG weight.

The company did not contact me, or ask for consent before putting through the parcel at 2.3KG, they just assumed I accept to pay an extra $11.23US. After several email battles, service representative said, the items already went over 2KG prior to adding the 4 items(157G) they missed last parcel, so no refund.

Yesterday, I received the parcel. I took pictures, and recorded a video, weighting the parcel in its received condition. The video shows the parcel was un-opened, and I weighted the parcel at Canada post, weight showing it is at 2.151KG (the 4 items weight 0.157KG) . Emailed YOYBUY representatives right away with picture and video evidence, they did not show any intention in refunding the excess shipping ($11.23US) and gave an unhelpful reply, saying “it was 2.3KG, you should trust us”.

I have all email evidence for their written confirmation that they will not charge another international shipping fee towards the weight of these 4 items, email evidence that they are suggesting in between the lines that I might lost the item during transit if i chose not to send these items when i place my ext purchase with them, picture evidence showing the parcel and the weight, as well as a video evidence showing 360 degrees that the parcel was unopened and the weight it comes out to be 2.151kg.

I have all email, pictures and video evidence.
Yoybuy IS a SCAM. Perhaps not the type to take your money and run, they’re more interested to slowly suck money out of you here and there. Blaming and pushing the issue onto other things, or underhanded, in a way they make it seem like it is a “language barrier” so they make you repeat urself several times ( and slowly getting more frustrated ) before actually getting your questions answered.

You guys might wonder, why I am still with them despite reporting bad experiences in the past,
honestly, it's because I haven't had the time to research for another good candidate as my agent.
 

SO SOMEONE PLEASE SUGGEST A GOOD RELIABLE TAOBAO AGENT !! =o(

 
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Regarding Bodyline's removal of DHL

According to nekokiki , she sent an email to Bodyline asking for an explanation to the DHL option removal. Apparently, their reply was:

"We don't know why DHL stopped. Once DHL is okay we will contact you"

Soooo...yeah. It could be that DHL is having issues with Bodyline, and it MIGHT be temporary, but at this stage it is all a bit foggy.

EDIT: Link to an explanation by DHL (thank you to kurukii  for the information!)

http://egl.livejournal.com/17314820.html?thread=387678980#t387678980