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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-08 17:14
  Subject:   And this is why Ben can't have nice things...
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  Mood:bummed out, man
Thank you for your order of the BWT katana with the Higo tsuba. We have
sold the last one and are now out of stock. But we have the Motto Gotto and
it is at 15% off (Our Beat the Heat Summer Sale). The price would be
$313.65 and free ground shipping.
Please let me know.

Thank you,
Clyde Hollis
Generation2 Historical Recreations!
www.imperialweapons.com


Yes, I could buy one cheaper, take it apart, put my own tsuba on it... but I'm not sure I'd be able to get the handle back on securely, and I'd rather not go to the trouble. One great thing about this was that I has pretty much found exactly what I wanted. Makes the sting a little sharper and the offer of a replacement with something that I don't want seem almost petty. Looks like I'm not free of my perfectionistic impulses yet.

Anyway, I told them to please update their website ASAP so nobody else orders something that's out of stock. And to let me know if they get any more of the higos in.

Edit: Between the time I started this entry and the time I finished it, they had replied to my email. They say the higos will be back in stock mid-late September. I think I can wait six weeks...
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The Perfect Girl
  User: mercyspeaks
  Date: 2006-08-08 17:27 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Can you preorder?

I thought you were broke. Why are you buying swords?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-08 17:39 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I think IW has a (wise, in my opinion) policy of not taking orders for things that are out of stock. My understanding is that the blades they sell are mostly made in the Phillipines, so with the delays and weirdness inherent in international shipping, this is actually a fairly smart move.

I'm in debt, but that's not the same as broke. My credit card debt is currently ~$4500 (down from $11,000 at peak). I'm paying it off to the tune of about $1500/mo now that I'm stably employed, but it'll be a few months yet before I'm debt free.

I'm buying a sword simply because I can, and because $300 is pretty much noise in my financial picture right now.
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-08-08 18:14 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Compound Interest is a blade that cuts twice. - Sun Tzu
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-09 03:17 (UTC)
  Subject:   Actually...
I would say it cuts 2.7182... times. ;]
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Not Matt
  User: jameshroberts
  Date: 2006-08-09 04:16 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Actually...
OK, you're done.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-09 05:29 (UTC)
  Subject:   Oh, you got that eh? ;]
'Fraid your secret is out, man!

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The Perfect Girl
  User: mercyspeaks
  Date: 2006-08-08 18:20 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Cool. :)
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-08-09 20:46 (UTC)
  Subject:   you can always find another vendor
There are other vendors who carry this sword. The manufacturer is out of stock but their retailers may not be. Supposedly arms of valour have them at their web shop,

http://www.armsofvalour.com

and it says they're in stock, so check it out.

- Liam aka bill
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-10 00:41 (UTC)
  Subject:   Nope...
Called 'em up and asked if they could do a physical inventory check. They say they don't the higo tsuba (-C item number) in stock.

Where else did you see them?
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-08-11 22:22 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Nope...
I just did a search for generation 2 swords and found a few places that said they offered them "in stock." I thought that arms of valour would be the most reputable place, but do search, if you haven't already.

then again, it may just be unfortunate timing. unfortunate in the fact that it saves you money ;-)

- Liam
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