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#1 oddeye

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 07:48 PM

Short x-wing buyers guide created by contributions from the community here with pros/cons of each place:

 

Ebay -

Can find some great deals from many different sources. Sometimes w/ free shipping. Fairly random on price ranges depending on the current market and stock levels. Can find 15-20% off MRSP.

 

Amazon -

A bit more stable than ebay though you won't find as stellar deals as often. Free shipping w/ amazon prime or depending on the source. Can find 15-20% off MRSP. (added by Oddeye; Steak)

 

Barnes and nobles -

Usually has expansions in stock at a decent price, I have noticed the larger ships never have anything taken off the MRSP.. can be a bit more pricey. (added by Oddeye)

 

Local gaming shops -

They come in many flavors and we all love them. It's really great to support your LGS as that is where you more than likely play. Typically has a bit higher price than you might find on ebay or amazon though. Some have discount offers on certain stock or if paying in cash. Also a great place to trade in your old MTG dual lands for large amounts of x wing stuff. (added by Oddeye; Steak; ObiWonka)

 

Book Depository in the UK -

Competitively priced and free international shipping. Great for out of the way places like New Zealand. (added by Mace Windu)

 

Cool stuff inc.

Another place to trade in old MTG cards for x wing stuff. Purchases accumulate reward points which can be redeemed for money off future purchases(added by DrStranglovin)

 

Miniatures Market -

Typically 2/3 MSRP though Imperial Aces is a little higher. Shipping is free from US$99 up and comes by UPS (shipping can be a bit higher outside US). Smaller orders can ship very reasonably using USPS for a few dollars, less than 7 on every order so far, shipments arrive quickly. Purchases accumulate reward points which can be redeemed for money off future purchases. The stuff comes packed securely and with an invoice. (added by Stellar 7; Soulfly626; Digitalkiller)

 

Fishpond -

wave 4 mini's for $16.5 NZD. p&p inclusive. Has been mentioned that Fishpond has a messy search configuration on the website and often ships from US, some negative reviews. (added my Muz and Stegocent)

 

Tritex Games -

Great customer service, wave 4 at £8.99 pre order, awesome for people in UK (added by Tankboy)

 

Mighty Ape -

Possibility of price matching, New Zealand friendly (added by Muz)

 

Craigslist -

Can find great deals and lots at a good price. Probably the most physically dangerous way to buy miniatures, use at own risk! (added by egudmunson)

 

For Canadians looking for good shipping -

http://www.meeplemart.com/
http://www.boardgamebliss.com/

http://www.germangames.com/

(added by Bahncalamari)


Edited by oddeye, 15 May 2014 - 01:57 PM.

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#2 DrStranglovin

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:09 PM

I've aquired most of my collection through
Cool stuff inc. Was able to turn a handfull of
dust collecting Mtg cards into a decent size fleet
on both scum and imperial sides. Of course I still
threw my local game shop some bread too.
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#3 That One Guy

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:13 PM

No Miniatures Market?


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#4 Mace Windu

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:14 PM

Book Depository in the UK, competitively priced and free international shipping


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Rebel Freedom Fighters: 5 Z95, 4 X-Wing, 3 B-Wing, 1 Y-Wing, 1 A-Wing, 1 E-Wing, 1 HWK 290 & 1 YT-1300

Imperial Oppressors: 5 TIE Fighter, 3 TIE Bomber, 4 TIE Interceptor, 1 TIE Phantom, 2 Firespray & 1 Shuttle


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:44 PM

I try to throw my LGS a bone when I can, but they pretty much charge MSRP.  I'm finding that amazon is usually a solid 15 to 20 percent off with many options for free shipping.


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#6 oddeye

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:54 PM

I'm going to keep editing my original post with everything people add into the thread.

 

on a side note I actually accidentally posted this without my comments added in. :/ classic, I know.


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:12 PM

Ok I'll talk about MinatureMarket. I have bought nearly my entire collection through this source. Typically I pay 2/3 MSRP though my copy of Imperial Aces was a little higher. Shipping is free from US$99 up and comes by UPS. Smaller orders can ship very reasonably using USPS for a few dollars, less than 7 on every order so far, and the stuff arrives here in Colorado within four days of me pushing the buy button. Purchases accumulate reward points which can be redeemed for money off future purchases. The stuff comes packed securely and with an invoice.

My FLGS only carries magic so I only have MM and B&K and MM always beats B&K on price.

MM did not have Y wings in stock for a few months around and after December 2013 but they seem to have sorted that out. I may buy a 3rd from them some day.
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Rebel scum: 5 X-Wings, 4 Y-Wings, 3 A-Wings, 3 B-Wings, 2 Hawks, 1Falcon, 2 E-Wings, 4 Z-95 1 Transport.

Imperial cannon fodder: 2 Phantoms, 2 Defenders, 7 Tie Fighters, 7 Interceptors, 3 Bombers, 2 Lambdas, 3 Firesprays, 1 Vader, er Tie Advanced

#8 Soulfly626

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:30 AM

I buy from both csi and mm! Both are about 2/3 of the cost from lgs. But I do buy mgt from them and some gaming supplies. But I play xwing at home with friends and make it a day party!!! Food, themed music and sometimes alcohol.


I feel guilty playing at lgs. Inflation and gas prices make me budget myself.


But mm and csi are American stores! So I'm still supporting!

They just have more buying power!
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:40 AM

If you are buying from an out-of-the-way place like New Zealand, book depository is by far the cheapest option. Under NZD$15 per small ship, whereas you'll pay around NZD$25 per small ship from most other places.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:09 AM

If you are buying from an out-of-the-way place like New Zealand, book depository is by far the cheapest option. Under NZD$15 per small ship, whereas you'll pay around NZD$25 per small ship from most other places.


Fishpond have wave 4 mini's for $16.5 NZD. p&p inclusive. Gutted I haven't known about book depository as I gave been spending more than I need to on miniatures.
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Rebel Alliance Squadrons:

5 X-wing, 2 Y-wing, 2 A-wing, 4 B-wing, 1 HWK, 2 YT 1300, 1 GR-75, 1 Tantive IV, 1 Z-95, 2 E-wing

Imperial Navy:

6 TIE fighter, 6 TIE Interceptor, 2 TIE Advanced, 3 TIE Bomber, 1 Fire Spray, 1 Shuttle, 1 TIE Defender, 1 TIE Phantom


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:02 AM

If you are buying from an out-of-the-way place like New Zealand, book depository is by far the cheapest option. Under NZD$15 per small ship, whereas you'll pay around NZD$25 per small ship from most other places.

Fishpond have wave 4 mini's for $16.5 NZD. p&p inclusive. Gutted I haven't known about book depository as I gave been spending more than I need to on miniatures.

Im not a fan of fishpond, its a messy site with poor search organization and often ship from the US and that takes forever.
I tend to use mightyape.co.nz or nzgameshop.co.nz who ship from the UK and that normally takes a day or two longer than to ship from Auckland somehow, I have no clue how they manage to ship so fast. They must have a tardis.....
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Empire: 7 Tie/In, 2 Tie Advanced, 2 Tie/Int, 2 Imperial Aces  4 Tie/B, 2 Firespray-31, 3 Lambda

Rebel: 6 X-Wing, 2 Y-Wing, 2 A-Wing, 4 B-wing, 1 Yt-1300, 2 HWK-290, 2 GR-75, 1 CR-90


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:21 AM

Ok I'll talk about MinatureMarket. I have bought nearly my entire collection through this source. Typically I pay 2/3 MSRP though my copy of Imperial Aces was a little higher. Shipping is free from US$99 up and comes by UPS. Smaller orders can ship very reasonably using USPS for a few dollars, less than 7 on every order so far, and the stuff arrives here in Colorado within four days of me pushing the buy button. Purchases accumulate reward points which can be redeemed for money off future purchases. The stuff comes packed securely and with an invoice.

Agreed with Stelar 7 on this, specially the packed, I live in Chile and when I received my last packet (Advanced, Imp ACes and Y-wing) Nothing came with any kind of damage neither the small boxes.

The shipping outside US is not cheap but it is acceptable.

 

Cheers


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#13 oddeye

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:13 AM

Thanks all for the contributions! The list is coming along nicely. Master post updated 14May2014.

 

Some mentioned "csi", not sure what that stands for if anyone can elaborate for me I'd appreciate it and get it added in =)


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:16 AM

Thanks all for the contributions! The list is coming along nicely. Master post updated 14May2014.

 

Some mentioned "csi", not sure what that stands for if anyone can elaborate for me I'd appreciate it and get it added in =)

 

Cool Stuff Inc

 

Personally, I buy from FLGS or Amazon Prime.  Since I run tourneys for my LGS, they give me a 15-20% discount, which once you add tax back to it, makes a small expansion about 13 bucks.  While I can get them for 10 bucks on MM, in order to make it "cheaper" I have to buy more than 100 bucks to get the free shipping.  Or I could buy it on Amazon Prime for 12 bucks and free shipping.  

 

So unless it's something I'm worried about selling out (W1 reprints) or a spur of the moment purchase (second YT), I try to stick with FLGS.  


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:44 PM

For big bulk orders I go CSI for the 30% discount.  For smaller bulk orders (less than $75) I go with Amazon and their near 30% discount.  I tend to buy a ship or two every couple of weeks from LGS as well as all card sleaves.  I did however purchase over $100 worth of ships at my LGS when they where running a buy 2 get 1 free promo.  Which is essentially 30%.  I'll buy mt templates  from Team Covenant as a shout out and maybe a couple of ships as well.  They are a big part of the community and I'd like to support them.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:05 PM

I have had a LOT of luck with Craigslist. Have gotten large fleets for pennies on the dollar by haggling. Exp. 1 of each of the large ships 2 core sets and 3 of each small ships. I talked him down to $95 bucks. Deals are out there, just don't get killed.

IMP- 13 TIE/F, 2 TIE/A, 8 TIE/I, 6 TIE/B, 3 TIE/D, 3 TIE/P 2 FIRESPRAYS, 3 LAMBDA

REBS- 9 X-WINGS, 6 B-WINGS, 4 A-WINGS, 6 Y-WINGS, 4 HWKS, 2 YT-1300, 5 Z95'S, 3 E-WINGS, 2 GR-75, CR-90


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:21 PM

For Canadians:

 

Some American game shops ship to Canada but usually at crazy shipping costs.

Amazon.ca has ships for sale at MSRP or over but they are usually only being sold through Amazon not from Amazon, so no free shipping.

I have found the best prices with shipping are at
http://www.meeplemart.com/
http://www.boardgamebliss.com/

http://www.germangames.com/


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#18 Muz

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:22 PM

 

 

If you are buying from an out-of-the-way place like New Zealand, book depository is by far the cheapest option. Under NZD$15 per small ship, whereas you'll pay around NZD$25 per small ship from most other places.

Fishpond have wave 4 mini's for $16.5 NZD. p&p inclusive. Gutted I haven't known about book depository as I gave been spending more than I need to on miniatures.

Im not a fan of fishpond, its a messy site with poor search organization and often ship from the US and that takes forever.
I tend to use mightyape.co.nz or nzgameshop.co.nz who ship from the UK and that normally takes a day or two longer than to ship from Auckland somehow, I have no clue how they manage to ship so fast. They must have a tardis.....

 

Cheers for the heads up Stegocent, i have heard some bad comments about Fishpond and i just looked them up on PriceSpy - 90% of their feedback is negative! Mostly about the time it takes to get orders or stating they have a product in stock then weeks later stating it's no longer in stock... and their customer relations are rubbish.

 

Think i'll have to look elsewhere for Wave 4 mini's and cancel my current order.

 

So, i went to Mighty Ape and asked them to beat the Fishpond price, which they did! I have now cancelled my order with Fishpond and have placed an order with Mighty Ape for 1 each of wave 4 at $15.99 (normally $24.99 ea) Only catch is they will only sell one of each at that price (might have to use the wife's account..)

 

If your not from NZ this wont be of use to you as P&P can be very pricy.


Edited by Muz, 14 May 2014 - 06:45 PM.

Rebel Alliance Squadrons:

5 X-wing, 2 Y-wing, 2 A-wing, 4 B-wing, 1 HWK, 2 YT 1300, 1 GR-75, 1 Tantive IV, 1 Z-95, 2 E-wing

Imperial Navy:

6 TIE fighter, 6 TIE Interceptor, 2 TIE Advanced, 3 TIE Bomber, 1 Fire Spray, 1 Shuttle, 1 TIE Defender, 1 TIE Phantom


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 05:24 PM

I used to order from Cool Stuff Inc a lot. I lived near their first brick & mortar store for a while and it was a great place. They had a perfect customer rating for a while, but I haven't dealt with them since it started going downhill (which I imagine has a lot to do with their expansion, both online and additional physical stores: which means more employees, not all of whom turn out to be so great).

 

I stopped ordering from CSI (despite the small customer loyalty discount I racked up) when Miniature Market's prices started getting more competitive. Then MM began a loyalty points program, too, as noted above. I typically make a couple large orders (for free shipping) a year through MM, for the last few years, and I've always been 100% satisfied with them.

 

All that said, so far 100% of my X-Wing collection has come from my FLGS. The owner is an awesome guy, and he started a membership program that includes benefits of 35% off when paying cash. So not only do I get better prices than online 2 miles from my house, I get to use my store credit from tournament winnings (I usually turn a $5 entry fee into about $15-20 credit) on top of the discount! Oh yeah, and support an awesome local business!


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Rebel: 2x A-Wing, 2x B-Wing, 1x E-Wing, 2x HWK-290, 4x X-Wing, 2x Y-Wing, 1x YT-1300, 1x Z-95 Headhunter

Imperial: 1x Firespray-31, 1x Lambda Shuttle, 1x TIE Defender, 6x TIE Fighter, 1x TIE Advanced, 2x TIE Bomber, 6x TIE Interceptor, 1x TIE Phantom

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 04:54 AM

I'd like to recommend in the U.K Tritex Games. ................

 

http://www.tritex-ga...tures-game-497/

 

They have been a pleasure to deal with, customer service I cannot fault and most of the time the cheapest, wave 4 at £8.99  and Rebel Aces £19.99 pre order for example. Most small ships in stock now and at £9.99.

 

I have no connection with the above, i'm just a very happy customer


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