Sticker price for costumes is usually in the ￥2500~4000 range. I used to do a shopping service, but I wasn't organized enough. It got to be a lot of work that started to distract me from the parks. Several recent posts, though, have made me interested in providing the service again. Buyers will have to pay shipping +???*, and must transfer funds before the release date, which means paying attention to the website and making your "wish list" in advance. I'm happy to make my price cheaper than any other option (provided my transportation costs are covered and I get some small reward for my effort. Amid fanatical crowds, I take the time to choose every item carefully, buying only items that I myself would purchase. I can tell you that the other people who buy in bulk to sell online do not do this. I'm one of those people who thinks that every strap and every bear - every item - is unique, and I always only want the best one. This takes a lot of time and had kinda started to stress me out, but if enough folks are interested that we actually had a "Duffy Fan Club" vibe, that would make me really excited and motivated.
I'll definitely go to pick up my own "Sweet Duffy" stuff next month on 1/9 or 1/16, depending on release schedule, so we'll start with that. I'll also probably have the Annual Pass from April which will make it much easier for everybody. Until then, if I don't have your order and your money, the day I go, you'd have to also pay for my ticket if you want me to buy stuff. That's why those people charge so much, by the way. Even for folks who buy the very expensive Annual Passport, you have to figure that for them to get that item, it cost them much more than the sticker price - they had transportation fees and they paid a lot to get inside the park. Plus, I have a feeling that after seeing the super-cute photos of the upcoming "Sweet Duffy," the madness of first-day Duffy releases is about to return. I think that release date will be 1/7, if memory serves, and I'll plan to go on 1/9. Work means that 1/7 and 1/8 are not possible.
*So, for "+???," what do we think is fair? Anybody remember what the arrangement was before? Everyone who's interested can be involved in this discussion. As long as the suggestions are reasonable to all parties, I'm sure we can come up with something in time for everyone to get their own "Sweet Duffy" stuff.^^
I'll tell you my first thought, but it could potentially be very bad for me if there are a lot of people ordering many items, so I'm not sure about it yet:
COST + TICKET PRICE/# of people who order + TRANSPORTATION/divided by # of orders + SHIPPING/PACKAGING
I really like this one because it makes all of us in it together, like a co-op, which is like Duffy's spirit, I think. It also ensures that I recover at least the cost of admission each time, which is nice if one or two people just want one or two items. But if a lot of people order a lot of stuff and I get back less than 30% on each person's order, I know it's gonna bother me pretty quickly. It is kinda stressful to shop for everything/carry everything/pack everything/ship everything. It becomes the focus of that day in the parks (and another day at the post office), and depending on the level of hype, it can actually take the entire day just to get in and out of the shops. If there are quantity purchasing limits, that presents another problem. I haven't seen this recently, but it's also something to consider. It's not just buying something and handing it over. So, then I think:
COST + 30% (of your personal total) + TRANSPORTATION/divided by # of orders + SHIPPING/PACKAGING
Maybe we'll do this one for occasions when more than three people order? I think before each person paid full transportation costs, so this second one is potentially discounted over what I did in the past. Creating a Duffy Fan Club would be like a dream come true for me. That's my motivation. Any pricing system must have at least one variable that depends on how many people are ordering, but I'm open to suggestions!^^
By the way, that "Packaging" charge is for purchasing the box/bag from Japan Post. I think it's nice to see that box arrive, and it's much easier/cleaner than me trying to send by size-matching random boxes from wherever. It's not an additional "handling" charge. I think 30% is plenty reasonable for all of that.