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Impulse Issues and Potentially Closing AmiAmi AccountImpulse Issues and Potentially Closing AmiAmi Account

LOL I typed up this whole thing before, categorized it as review instead of diary or Ask MFC, and then deleted it without realizing I could just edit the category. This was much more elegantly written the first time I typed it.

The long story short is that I've been having a lot of issues with impulse preordering anime merch from AmiAmi and had decided I wanted to close my account to kind of force myself to be more thoughtful about what I've bought (because there have been more than a few times in the past where I've tried to control myself through just will power and it hasn't worked as is evidenced by all the stuff that I have preordered that I'm not necessarily excited about having). This goes along with the fact that for the few years there are other things I'd like to spend money on (furniture, vacations, a potentially very expensive move, and student loans bleh). I can still get all the stuff I'd buy from AmiAmi from other places, it'd just be a little bit less inconvenient.

So I emailed AmiAmi and asked if they could close my account. I expected them to just email back and say something along the lines of "are you sure?". But they also offered me the option of just cancelling all my preorders for me (and I have a decent chunk of stuff preordered so I figured if I cancelled it all/most of it they'd just close my account anyways but apparently not).

Now I'm stuck between going through with my original plan and cancelling the account or just cancelling all of my preorders. One on hand, it'd be nice to have AmiAmi as an option, but I'm worried I'd fall back into old impulse purchasing habits a few months/a year or so down the road.

I guess I'm just looking for general advice on the situation or if you've also had issues with impulse purchasing stuff and how you dealt with that.

EDIT: Thanks for the responses everyone. They've all been really helpful in deciding what I'm going to do and they were all really thoughtful. For now I think I'm going to take up the offer to just cancel all my current preorders and mainly order through sites like CDJapan or TOM (when they have relevant sales) that require me to pay upfront.
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37pt
Honestly no matter which option you choose, the only way to truly get past the impulsive shopping habit, is to learn self-control and test your own will, by learning to say no, let go and pass up on offers.

I know you said you tried before but would eventually give in, but the issue really isn't AmiAmi, it's the impulsive buying which could just transfer it self to a new figure site or hobby. Please think hard about what you want in your collection and in your life in general. Set a monthly budget, stick to it. A lot of times I hear if you make a additional cash that month, you can splurge. I feel that advice may not always be a safe bet, save that extra money and when you saved a certain set amount, dig into those savings and treat or gift yourself for the effort.

Also if I were in your predicament, I would cancel all the pre-orders or lower the list down by at least 50%. Definitely try your best to not make anymore pre-orders or related purchases.

I wish you all the best.
12 d. temu
22pt
''..., but I'm worried I'd fall back into old impulse purchasing habits a few months/a year or so down the road. ''

You already got your answer!
12 d. temu
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1pt
hi there , I know everyone give you some advice , but please read the following points .

1- collecting figures is due to lack of some internal needs . so you need to find what makes you happy . find another hobby such as drawing , painting ..etc

2- I used to order from hoppy search and one day I decided to stop buying figures , so I ignored all warning and my account with hobby search got banned . I tried after to open a new account different address with different names , but It didn't work they kept closing my account.

and after a while I started to order figures again from AMIAMI !!

3- I started to order from AMIAMI , and once I had too may pre orders . how ever I explained to them that I cant pay some of my pre order due to change of release date and I cant pay all of them in a short period , so please cancel the following items . and they agreed . I canalled more than 5 pre order items .

I put too many restrictions to myself in preorder , even I destroyed too many of my figures but it didn't work .however I think the best option is to put keep a dead line or if there are some figures in your mind you buy them , and after that not even think to search on the net .

good luck to all of us.
try to be creative instead of consumer . I started to draw or even draw some figures with copic marker sounds great . the most important thing is to put a deadline and end no more figures and no more preorder. A good idea also is to hide your figures or store them some where away from your sight .
11 d. temu
2pt
Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
AmiAmi is so customer friendly that they give your more options to deal with the issue.
I would say if you decide to move on and stop impulse purchases. Just close the account.

In such way, even if you browse the AmiAmi online shop again, you could still remind yourself that
you're done with AmiAmi. There's no way back to the shopping addiction.

But it's just the first step.
Farewell with one site could mean you buy stuffs on another site.
If it isn't figures, it could be clothes, smartphones....anything.
Therefore, next thing to do is to burn your credit cards into ash with Amaterasu.
Not just saying "fxxk you cards" 100 times, but destroying the physical cards.

Use debit cards (bank cards) exclusively would help yo figure it how much you spent right the way,
you see the bank balance rolling, you can feel the pain.
Unlike credit cards, outstanding payment isn't due you feel like nothing have happened yet.

I would say a pre-order is a promise to trade.
I haven't cancel any pre-orders sofar even if they're impulse purchases.
Because AmiAmi allows customers to pre-order without cash upfront or any deposit
is such an advantage to us and such a huge risk to them.
AmiAmi pays to the manufacturers on behave of us prior to your payment at arrival.
If everyone easily cancel pre-orders, AmiAmi would have spend more time to let go the inventory. Thus, If I don't want the stuffs I pre-ordered, I just swallow them. And resell them to someone else.

Japanese business believes in the "Customer is god" cliche
but I think customers canceling orders should disclose the reasons and say sorry.
11 d. temu
3pt
Fakkuza (12 d. temu) #59194565So if I ask them to cancel my account they will not ban me, and I can make a new account From what I've read from the posts here, they keep a record of your email address, your address and the isp you used with them. They're pretty strict wih their one account per person, so if you're thinking of starting a clean slate with a new account, it might cause more trouble and might get you banned immediately.
11 d. temu
15pt
I will tell you, as someone who closed my Amiami account at the beginning of this year in order to cut back on my impulse spending and preorders... closing one store account doesn't mean much. It feels like a very big step, and I understand that; it feels as good as cutting up a credit card or something else very final like that, but it ultimately means very little, because it is SO easy to return to impulse spending. I quit Amiami because of my financial situation, which righted itself when I got a job that could support my hobby--but what happened when I closed my account was that I ultimately just started to spend the same money and more elsewhere. I made a big post about it in January, I believe. It helped me cut off my preorders for a while, but in the end, I just kept ordering in other places.

So. While I feel like there is good intention behind a decision like that, and it shows that you want to do what is necessary, in my experience it doesn't do much to solve the problem. You have to get to the bottom of your impulse spending and tackle it, leaving Amiami won't solve it all. Fighting impulse spending and shopping can be a constant thing. I'm still working on mine, on figuring out what I can safely do and what I need not to do. So I wish you the best of luck! If you do decide to close your Amiami account, that is a good first step, but don't stop there, and don't become complacent in placing orders elsewhere "as long as it's not Amiami" because preorders pile up no matter which shop you use.
11 d. temu
1pt
Okeno (12 d. temu) #59195016If a ban happens, it's your e-mail address completely banned (you won't be able to login and you can't make an account with that e-mail because the account still exists but locked and prohibited from logging in) and possibly your mailing address. I'd say get a backup e-mail and mailing address if you want to re-open later and try and wait a few months or longer or a year before trying to open a new one. It's all risky and I don't know for sure. ok thanks for the information
12 d. temu
1pt
Fakkuza (12 d. temu) #59194816do you know if they will ban the account or just ban me from buying stuff from my address/card?
If a ban happens, it's your e-mail address completely banned (you won't be able to login and you can't make an account with that e-mail because the account still exists but locked and prohibited from logging in) and possibly your mailing address. I'd say get a backup e-mail and mailing address if you want to re-open later and try and wait a few months or longer or a year before trying to open a new one. It's all risky and I don't know for sure.
12 d. temu
1pt
Okeno (12 d. temu) #59194772I've never done that. I assume a cancellation may equal a ban. I assume you have no more pre-orders so you just want it shut down. It may be worth asking before you do it. do you know if they will ban the account or just ban me from buying stuff from my address/card?
12 d. temu
3pt
Fakkuza (12 d. temu) #59194565So if I ask them to cancel my account they will not ban me, and I can make a new account
I've never done that. I assume a cancellation may equal a ban. I assume you have no more pre-orders so you just want it shut down. It may be worth asking before you do it.
12 d. temu
1pt
insanecha (12 d. temu) #59192557how many orders did you cancel? You're just temporarily suspended, so you'll still be able to use your account, but you might be banned without notice if you still cancel orders.Okeno (12 d. temu) #59191889Not yet. It says you have been prohibited from placing new orders for a month, and if you keep cancelling again, you may be locked down/banned. So if I ask them to cancel my account they will not ban me, and I can make a new account
12 d. temu
1pt
insanecha (12 d. temu) #59192557how many orders did you cancel? You're just temporarily suspended, so you'll still be able to use your account, but you might be banned without notice if you still cancel orders. I did like 2 large orders but I am gonna have to cancel all the rest of my orders on my account.
12 d. temu
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