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James O Aug 23, 2012

arg!!!!!!! lol

back to Jerold I go - unless they show up on the e-store.  why???? my collector mania can't take this when I can't get access to these things.  =p

Allen Aug 23, 2012

Hello Everyone! Just joined & wanted to say that I enjoy this site & the banter that is so respectful & encouraging. As to this post, I really like SQ Chips and cast my vote (for what it is worth) for a release of these "Chips" albums to the general public (iTunes/Amazon mp3). The FF XI Chips selling at CDJapan is very expensive at $52. Is there anyway to possibly order from the Square Enix eStore and ship to US?  Thanks for listening and for good community!

Ramza Aug 24, 2012

James O wrote:

http://store.jp.square-enix.com/series/164/all

excellent!!!! all the Chips albums will be available on the e-store Sept 19!  But they are e-store exclusives only so it's off to expensive CD Japan special request order I go.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to ask Jerold to order them all from e-Store and ship to you than to pay the "special order fee" for *each CD* from CDJ?

Zorbfish Aug 24, 2012

Ramza wrote:

Wouldn't it be cheaper to ask Jerold to order them all from e-Store and ship to you than to pay the "special order fee" for *each CD* from CDJ?

Yeah, you'd only pay a lump total fee + flat store order with Jerold over fee/shipping per item with CDJ. Never understood why people think CDJ's service is a good thing.

Anyway, that's great news that they'll be available outside the event as I hated the thought of contacting my buyer so soon after C82.

James O Aug 24, 2012 (edited Aug 24, 2012)

It might but he tacks on his fees too so it would probably work out to be the same.  I've already bugged him quite a bit over the past couple months too so I don't want to wear out my goodwill...

jb Aug 24, 2012

James O wrote:

It might but he tacks on his fees too so it would probably work out to be the same.  I've already bugged him quite a bit over the past couple months too so I don't want to wear out my goodwill...

He's making money off you, not sure how that would ever be wearing out goodwill.

Ramza Aug 25, 2012

FWIW Jerold does do this kind of work for relatively cheap. I remember in 2004 getting a whole bunch of Lunar albums off Y!J (was actually getting them for a friend), and comparing what Jerold charged me to what SMJ charges, I'd say Jerold saved me a solid $50, if not more.

So I can understand not wanting to bother him too much. He's a good dude, but he is just one man. smile

jb Aug 25, 2012

Ramza wrote:

FWIW Jerold does do this kind of work for relatively cheap. I remember in 2004 getting a whole bunch of Lunar albums off Y!J (was actually getting them for a friend), and comparing what Jerold charged me to what SMJ charges, I'd say Jerold saved me a solid $50, if not more.

So I can understand not wanting to bother him too much. He's a good dude, but he is just one man. smile

His charges are about the same as other services now with his new fee structure, but I'd still rather support him than some random website. He's never let me down and I've been using him for almost 10 years now.

Ramza Aug 25, 2012

Aha, I see. Yeah I haven't reached out to Jerold for any orders in at least 5 years. Does he have a website?

jb Aug 25, 2012

Ramza wrote:

Aha, I see. Yeah I haven't reached out to Jerold for any orders in at least 5 years. Does he have a website?

Nope, same old email he's always been using at mydestiny.net

Allen Aug 27, 2012

Hello Everyone!  I would love to listen to all these "Chip" albums, but the price at CDJapan for these (based on FF XI Chips) is around $52 (not including shipping) whereas on the SQIX eStore they sell for $26 (not including shipping).  $52 is a bit high for each album.  Are there any alternatives to picking these up from CDJapan...a different store that might sell them for less?  Would Jerold be willing to deal with a newbie like myself (I do not wish to impose upon him.)?  What are the chances of these albums being released digitally?  Super thanks for any response to these questions.  Peace!

James O Aug 27, 2012 (edited Aug 27, 2012)

if they're e-store exclusives they're unlikely to be released digitally... hence being "e-store exclusives". 

You could ask Jerold to do an order for you but he has his fees as well that he would add to do it for you.  Alternatively for buying them second-hand you could wait for the albums to show up on Yahoo Japan Auctions and hope any sellers list it for less but seeing as these are premium exclusive items they probably won't have lowered prices for quite some time.  Jerold could bid on them for you too but then you run the risk of competition on them and of course there are the fees for bidding on items for you too.

rein Aug 27, 2012

Are e-store exclusives usually pressed in limited quantities?  Should I be worried about scarcity?

Ramza Aug 29, 2012

Hey all,

OSV will have our annual check-in interview with Square Enix Music dept up in a few days.

And there's going to be some good news regarding the "Chips" albums in there.

So keep an eye out for that!

Judgment Day Aug 29, 2012

Allen wrote:

Hello Everyone!  I would love to listen to all these "Chip" albums, but the price at CDJapan for these (based on FF XI Chips) is around $52 (not including shipping) whereas on the SQIX eStore they sell for $26 (not including shipping).  $52 is a bit high for each album.  Are there any alternatives to picking these up from CDJapan...a different store that might sell them for less?  Would Jerold be willing to deal with a newbie like myself (I do not wish to impose upon him.)?  What are the chances of these albums being released digitally?  Super thanks for any response to these questions.  Peace!

So I just looked at CD Japan and their prices too. Can someone explain to me why FF Chips #s 8-10 are $26, but VII and XI are twice as much?

Herrkotowski Aug 29, 2012

Judgment Day wrote:
Allen wrote:

Hello Everyone!  I would love to listen to all these "Chip" albums, but the price at CDJapan for these (based on FF XI Chips) is around $52 (not including shipping) whereas on the SQIX eStore they sell for $26 (not including shipping).  $52 is a bit high for each album.  Are there any alternatives to picking these up from CDJapan...a different store that might sell them for less?  Would Jerold be willing to deal with a newbie like myself (I do not wish to impose upon him.)?  What are the chances of these albums being released digitally?  Super thanks for any response to these questions.  Peace!

So I just looked at CD Japan and their prices too. Can someone explain to me why FF Chips #s 8-10 are $26, but VII and XI are twice as much?

My guess is that they forgot to include the service fee for those other albums, since the album pages themselves do state they are special request items.

Judgment Day Aug 29, 2012 (edited Aug 29, 2012)

So is CD Japan subject to raising the prices and maybe honoring those who preordered the Chips Discs at the lower price if they found out about it? If so, I might as well get those 3 now before they find out what's up. Perhaps those extra EMS charges will be added when the order is placed.

Allen Aug 30, 2012

Ramza wrote:

Hey all,

OSV will have our annual check-in interview with Square Enix Music dept up in a few days.

And there's going to be some good news regarding the "Chips" albums in there.

So keep an eye out for that!

Hello Ramza! I am pretty sure that you are limited in how much info you can give out before the Square Enix Interview is posted, so I will totally understand if you cannot answer this question:  Should those of us contemplating buying the pre-order "Chips" albums from CDJapan (although I am a bit confused by their special order system) sit tight and wait till after the OSV Interview is posted before making a purchasing decision?  Many thanks and peace! smile

James O Aug 30, 2012 (edited Aug 30, 2012)

Herrkotowski wrote:
Judgment Day wrote:
Allen wrote:

Hello Everyone!  I would love to listen to all these "Chip" albums, but the price at CDJapan for these (based on FF XI Chips) is around $52 (not including shipping) whereas on the SQIX eStore they sell for $26 (not including shipping).  $52 is a bit high for each album.  Are there any alternatives to picking these up from CDJapan...a different store that might sell them for less?  Would Jerold be willing to deal with a newbie like myself (I do not wish to impose upon him.)?  What are the chances of these albums being released digitally?  Super thanks for any response to these questions.  Peace!

So I just looked at CD Japan and their prices too. Can someone explain to me why FF Chips #s 8-10 are $26, but VII and XI are twice as much?

My guess is that they forgot to include the service fee for those other albums, since the album pages themselves do state they are special request items.

So here's how it probably works.  I put in a special request for VII thru X chips albums.  Everything for CD Japan's fees is tacked on to the FF VII Chips CD page entry and the rest are just listed as normal retail price.  But since I put in the special req for all 4 albums i had to order all 4 albums or they cancel it. each page however still has its own entry so when other people go searching they come across it and are confused somewhat.

Same deal with XI Chips.  It was also a special order but on its own since it came out earlier by itself since they wanted to push the FF XI 10th Anniversary, so that CDJapan FFXI Chips order page has its own fees associated with it.  Who would have known that they would have pushed out more Chips albums?  It was a complete surprise when the FF 25th Anniversary event pdf came out.

Now if someone just comes across FF VIII ~ X Chips and thinks, "ooh deal", I'm not sure if CD Japan would let you order just those individually or not.

Ramza Aug 30, 2012

I don't have dates available, but let me say this: I'm personally choosing not to order from CDJ or send someone to buy from the event. Because there will be a much lower-cost option available. Just wait.

Allen Aug 30, 2012

Ramza wrote:

I don't have dates available, but let me say this: I'm personally choosing not to order from CDJ or send someone to buy from the event. Because there will be a much lower-cost option available. Just wait.

Super thanks to Ramza for the answer! Will the much lower-cost option be made available to people in the United States (I am in California)?  Oh My! I am super excited and happy for good music! big_smile

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