DuffyD - I think you misunderstood my intentions and I never meant to offend you, so I hope you don't think I was! I just posted this as a suggestion and idea if anyone was interested in one keychain or whatever, only because I am headed directly to the US. I just feel bad for those who have posted that they can't afford to buy in this time around and since I just happen to be going straight to CA, I thought I would do this as a one time good deed. I can't afford to pay for shipping out of pocket, but if anyone wanted to meet me at DLand -- I am already going with Mom since we have annual passes.
My intention was to hopefully help you out as you are doing so much above and beyond -- I want to see your shopping service succeed as I plan to be a big contributor! :-) I feel bad that you are going to spend so much of your personal time (above and beyond what you already do on here). My thought was going forward (not this trip), if I happen to be in Tokyo on the same day as you, and headed to the US right away -- perhaps I could bring a few things back that CA people already purchased from you to save you time and people a few bucks on the shipping expense portion from Japan (stuff that would fit in my carry on). That would be something I would've been willing to do on my own -- just as a big thank you for working so hard to help all the Duffy fans out and hopefully help people afford to buy more stuff from you!
I hope my suggestion did not come across as that I was trying to compete or take anything away from you -- absolutely the opposite. I just threw the idea out there for anyone who might one one keychain or a cell phone charm this time -- 5 or 10 items I could toss in my luggage that wouldn't take up space. I only saw a couple posts from people who said they wanted a keychain, but couldn't afford to contribute this time around, so I was only expecting to pick up stuff for one or two people anyways. I only wanted pick up a couple tiny things that could fit in carry on as I absolutely don't want anything in checked bags that I don't have constant control over.
Just to let you know, I'm not a jetsetter with lots of disposable income. LOL I am very lucky that I am a travel (and Disney) writer so I can write off some of my travels, but we are living in Asia because of my husband's job so they pay for annual trips home for us. This particular trip worked out because flights out of Taipei are astronomical because of Chinese New Year so I used miles to get to Tokyo and then booked a flight to LA a day later so I could run to TDS.
I was just throwing the idea out there to help you out this particular time to get the service going, but if it's a bad idea, let's just pretend I never mentioned it! I feel really bad now for saying anything...I really hope no one took it as I was trying to do anything other than help out! I certainly don't want to make any enemies on here. :-(
And no, I never got your email!! I will go check my other spam filters, perhaps it went there. I had no idea you responded!
And yes, I know the US Disney stuff is not up to Tokyo standards, but thought I'd throw the offer out there in case you ever wanted an in person comparison. LOL.....you know, growing bears are expensive to clothe, sometimes you need to get some cheaper alternatives! hee hee :P