I purchased RE:BIRTHDAY Song, a shinigami kareshi (Soul Reaper or Death god boyfriend) themed Otome game. I heard it was going to have a patch soon so I thought, hey! Why not buy some more Otome games so I can keep supporting the industry? So off I went and checked the game if it was at Amazon JP as the game is old and I’d rather get it fast.
Anyways, while I was looking through the listings… there was a Regular Edition, First Press Limited Edition and First Press Limited Edition with Amazon Tokutens (benefits, in other words).
During that time though, I was kinda out of it since I looked at the listing at 6AM and just took a peek at the Regular Edition and the First Press LE with Amazon benefits. I was like OH WHY NOT~ How about I get the LE which has more shit and get the set of 2 large bromides too!
This was what the LE was supposed to come with :
Amazon Original Tokuten :
English Translation courtesy of Google Translate :
★ First Press Limited Edition
1 Normal Version Game Software
2 Setting information collection
3 Drama CD “The Death God of Death”
A drama CD that depicts a sweet moment with a character connected by a game.
★ Amazon Original Benefit
Large format bromide set of 2 L size using CG stills!
Anyways, this package was kinda cursed from the get go lol. I’ve had problems with the shipping address Amazon JP sent it as (AGAIN, their fault for constantly typing in the wrong address even though all they have to do is check my damn account for the right address) and problems with DHL. It was nothing major but it was still annoying to deal with.
Anyways, once that got fixed – all I had to do was wait for my package. Finally, it arrived some time ago. I opened it in a hurry and I was like… huh? Is.. this really it? Are you serious?? This tiny ass box? I had to cross check the sticker code on the outer plastic packaging and made sure this really was the Limited Edition game that I ordered.
And then it dawned on me that the 1, 2 and 3 numbers on that description is not that I was getting 3 Drama CDs, 1 Game CD and 2 booklets! I was very tempted to bash my head against the wall (don’t worry, just an exaggeration haha) for not looking at it in Japanese first THEN got it translated on Google. Anyway, I was like okay – fair enough…. but.. where the hell’s my supposed “Large format bromide set of 2 L size using CG stills!” Amazon original benefits?!
I contacted Customer Service to let them know this and so they told me it would take up to 5 business days to investigate this issue apparently. So I was like okay.. wtv. They got back to me only today to let me know that apparently, the one who packed my parcel took it upon themselves and removed the bromides…! LOL ‘Cos apparentlyyy they can’t ship the bromides internationally or some BS. If they’re not allowed to ship it internationally, then why the hell are you putting this up for sale for International Customers to purchase??
Next time, please put a hold on the damn order and ASK YOUR CUSTOMER if they still want the effin’ item if something happens to be missing! If they had told me this, I could have purchased the LE without the original Amazon benefits for half the price! YES! HALF THE PRICE….! I paid around 5,000 Yen more to get that damn LE + benefits which is over $50 USD!! *cries* _(」∠ ､ﾝ､)_ Though to be honest, I didn’t even know that the 4,800 Yen price tag was for the LE. I thought it was for the basic game… or seriously, I have no idea why I didn’t check all the listings okay! It’s hidden and you have to click on each price to see what it’s for. Normally the lowest price is just for the game so I didn’t bother looking at it I guess…. I was tired okay?! ;3; ahaha.. I’m not THAT desperate to get bromides for that much more of course…. but, they didn’t need to know that.
So they were like.. I’m sorry for the inconvenience!~ But how about we give you a 1,000 Yen coupon then!!~ And seriously, I was this close to saying something like, “(Smile) Oh my!~~ A 1,000 Yen coupon…? Awwww… Well! You shouldn’t have!~~ Well in that case, how about you take that coupon and shove it up your– (censored)”.
Anyways… it seems like they gave me a choice of : The coupon OR if I want the bromides, I’d have to get it sent domestically within Japan. I have no choice but to obviously get it sent to Tenso. So… now I have to pay even more money to get this to me. Arggg!!
TL;DR for this is that DON’T purchase anything from AmazonJP that includes “Amazon Original Benefits” unless you seriously don’t mind risking that you might potentially NOT receive it. You should always check the other listings first and only buy it as a last resort if there’s absolutely nowhere else you can buy it from. Heck, even used & most likely even complete sets at Yahoo!Japan are starting to sound way more appealing to me despite the wait now.