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2023.06.08 00:35 blackfyre_94 Issues with apartment complex in North Carolina

Looking for advice on how to handle an issue with my current apartment. A little background, I just renewing my lease which I was hesitant about doing over other issues I've had that have never been probably addressed but with the price of rent in my area I couldn't afford to move elsewhere. Today I woke up to leave work to find a paper in my door for a 5 day late notice in my door for an additional $30 rent fee which also included a $53.50 late fee that was dated for yesterday. I went up to my office today to dispute it but they could not properly explain where the fee was coming from. At first I was told it was because of my pet fee but I was able to counter that with past payment history. Then I was told it was due to renewing my lease and it was from prorated rent but that didn't make since to me. I was also told that at some point there was a $40 credit added to my account at some point and this effected some things but when asking for more clarification as the math didn't add up I was told my the office manager " I don't have time to explain everything" and to get me out of their office they supposedly sent an email to the high up management. I haven't received any sort of update from my complex on the issue as to where the $30 is coming from. From the small amount of research that I have been able to do I've discovered that in the state of NC you are supposed to be provided a 10 day late notice which I was not and when attempting to check the fee through my complex's portal the option to pay the fee is greyed out until the next month's rent is due. I plan to go back to the office tomorrow morning but I feel like it will go about as good as today. What would be my next steps from here as I feel like they are trying to create some fake fee to get a free $80ish out of me.
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2023.06.08 00:32 FlyingDadBomb At Risk of Downvotes, Should We Consider a One-Day Boycott?

Please hear me out before you respond. I know a lot of people feel very strongly about this, and a lot of people are tired of complaints and just want to play the dang game, and I get it.
That said, Second Dinner has created numerous issues for players in the past two months that, notably, have left a poor taste in the mouths of the community. Namely:
  1. Flexible Series drops came as an unpleasant surprise, rather than being announced in advance, which lead to people saving fopinning/unpinning cards like Darkhawk and Knull and then not getting them.
  2. After deciding not to drop Darkhawk, they're putting out an incredibly overpriced Darkhawk Bundle, allowing you to buy him directly after arbitrarily refusing to make him easier to acquire freely.
  3. Among the cards that they've decided not to drop are, surprisingly, extremely meta-relevant Season Pass cards (Hit Monkey and Zabu).
  4. This is especially concerning with SD's proven history of nerfing cards only AFTER they become more available.
  5. SD is dropping only undesirable cards (cards that have no meta relevance), and, rather than dropping them directly to series 3 as they suggested was possible, they're dropping them first to series 4, which could make cards like Darkhawk, Knull, Spider-Ham and Spider-Man 2099 more difficult to acquire through collector's reserves.
All of this paints a picture of a card game that is all too eager to tie performance to value, creating the possibility that those who pay more will have an easier time competing, which does not bode well for the future of the game, and is in diametric opposition to Ben Brode's stated goal at the beginning (anyone else keep getting those YouTube ads that start with Brode saying "what if you couldn't just go into a card game, drop hundreds of dollars and immediately have the best cards?").
Thus far, though, SD has been entirely unreceptive to any of these concerns. They were brought up when flexible series drops were announced, and SD pushed forward with this month's series drops as if we said nothing. It's clear they hear us, but they aren't listening. The only response given thus far has been to tell us that there's "more to come," which is not exactly comforting given that what we've already seen is not so great.
What we could consider is a one-day blackout, where a large enough group of us decide collectively to not play the game. Don't even log on to collect your free 50 credits. I would suggest we do so on the day of Silk's release on 6/12. That would certainly get SD's attention. I would also suggest that we have specific asks (rather than just "stop," or "be more transparent"). I think two reasonable requests are as follows:
  1. A transparent series drop schedule for Season Pass cards - that way we know exactly how much early access we're paying for, and they can't keep $10 cards out of the hands of the public in perpetuity. Have all the flexibility you want with newly released cards, but leave $10 monthly cards out of it.
  2. No bundles containing series 4 or series 5 cards. Stop letting people buy their way into higher series.
These two demands alone would help prevent SD from tying value to performance and pushing the game into dicey territory where cash is king.
There is precedent for these types of boycotts. I remember when the Ubisoft game For Honor had released and immediately started putting a heavy emphasis on their premium currency. That led to a proposed boycott, and the community didn't even have to go through with it before Ubisoft enacted meaningful change.
This could be a real chance to let Second Dinner know that the community is unhappy but also that we're willing to do something about it. As they've proven, just being upset is not enough for them to make any meaningful changes. I'm curious to see what you all think. I can see a lot of you are unhappy about these changes.
A note to those who are totally OK with everything Second Dinner has done thus far: consider for a moment that we all want the same thing. We are all here because the core game of Marvel Snap is so freaking fun, and the theme is so on point and relatable to our interests, and we want to see the game succeed because then we get to keep playing it forever and ever. But, if you are someone who doesn't think Second Dinner has done anything wrong, you have to know that their actions have negatively impacted the Marvel Snap community. In no uncertain terms, they're turning people away, which means the game that you and I both love is potentially jeopardized. Just look at the state of the subreddit and content creator community. You have prominent people saying they aren't playing anymore, or aren't spending any money because it's either not worth it, or too predatory. I myself almost quit earlier this year. I stopped playing for two weeks during the Shuri/Thanos meta because SD was slow to balance untenable metas and the card acquisition system made it extremely difficult to compete without the imbalanced cards. And yeah, the thought has crossed my mind to stop again given this new round of card acquisition shenanigans. And, like it or not, I'm not the only one. So even though you might be totally fine with it, and think people who aren't are just entitled whiners, but at the end of the day they're people who play the game and healthy games can't afford to lose players, at least not at the rate of those who are upset. So again, we want the same thing, and SD is the obstacle.
I hope we can have a reasonable discussion about this. Please share your thoughts. Do you think a boycott is a good idea? Would you suggest any changes to what I've outlined (date, demands, other issues)? If you don't think it's a good idea, how do you suggest we better get the attention of Second Dinner in a greater capacity than what they've shown right now?
TL;DR: SD has screwed up in numerous ways, but hasn't shown a willingness to listen to our concerns and adapt. A one-day boycott on 6/12 (the day of Silk's release) could make them listen if enough of us participate, and enact meaningful changes. If you don't agree and think SD has done nothing wrong, know that we both want the same thing - a healthy and vibrant game with lots of players, and SD's actions are harming player retention.
Edit: One last thought: What would Hobie do??
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2023.06.08 00:32 Quiet_Pea536 Eligibility Question

I went on UI last August after being laid off from a telemarketing job. A month later I injured myself and was scheduled to have surgery. I went on Disability Income. When I was released to work in April, I started looking for work and after a couple of weeks called to see if I could restart my unemployment. After some false starts, I finally got to certify and received payment. Every time I’ve certified since that point, I’ve had to call in to have the funds released. This last week, I certified for two weeks on Sunday and usually saw the money on my debit card a day later. When Tuesday came, I called. The person I got on the line seemed to be trying to find some reason to disqualify me. She asked me if I was on probation or if I was temporally laid off. As it’s been nearly I year, I couldn’t remember how it happened. Regardless, I must have said something wrong because she scheduled me for a phone interview, never mind that I had been receiving this for the last month and a half. I asked for a manager and was told one would call me back (they never did). I finally called in again and spoke with a much nicer person. She said the the previous person was wrong and that I should not have an interview and she said that she releases the funds to be paid. As of today, my account still shows that there is a discrepancy and that I’m scheduled for a phone interview. Should I try to call in again? I don’t know why different people at EDD give different answers.
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2023.06.08 00:31 Equivalent-Bend6628 Subway won’t let me use the rest of my gift card

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2023.06.08 00:31 Glad_Travel_1663 Audi RS3 vs Second home

Hey evryone,
I find myself standing at the crossroads of a somewhat enjoyable dilemma. I'm caught between buying a second house or purchasing my dream car, an Audi RS3. Financial decisions have always been tricky for me, so I figured I'd turn to this community for some input.
Here's a quick rundown of my financial status:
I make $120k a year from my regular job.
I also own an S-Corp that brings in an additional $100k a year, after I pay myself.
I have $195k in mortgage debt and $50k in student loan debt.
The silver lining: I have zero credit card debt.
I'm not just considering the next few years but the long-term picture too. I completely understand the importance of savings and investments, but as we all know, "we only live once," and I also want to enjoy the fruits of my hard labor.
On one hand, a new house seems like a solid investment and might bring a good return in the long run. It would also provide more comfort and perhaps stability, considering my current debt situation.
On the other hand, the Audi RS3 is a car I've dreamed about for years. It's not just a vehicle; it's an experience, a joyride that I've always wanted to own. Moreover, with my business doing well and my personal salary, I believe I can manage the expense without hampering my necessary savings.
A part of me says, "Go for the house; it's the safer, more practical choice." But then the other part chimes in, "You work hard, treat yourself to the car!"
Any insight would be awesome.
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2023.06.08 00:31 jtstonge Tim Hortons to launch credit card through mobile rewards app

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2023.06.08 00:30 animalcrossingdreams Terrible experience with unaccompanied minor program (rant)

I’ve been a Westjet flyer for many years and I’ve usually had positive experiences with the airline. I’ve spent many thousands of dollars on westjet services and I regularly use my Westjet MasterCard for benefits. However, an experience today has left me questioning the value of whether I should use Westjet airlines moving forward. Here is what happened.
I booked a ticket for my 11 year old son and his 13 year old sister. After I booked it, their mother and I decided that although our older sister can accompany her younger brother as an adult, it would be a good idea to enrol him in the unaccompanied minor program anyway as an extra precaution to help them find their gate and baggage.
I filled out the form for the unaccompanied minor program and indicated that I had already made a booking. Their team emailed me and informed me that I had reversed the steps required to enrol him, and that I would first need to cancel the booking, submit the form, and rebook everything. The problem I had with doing this was that the difference in airfare between when I initially booked it and when I filled the form out was nearly $300 on top of what the unaccompanied minor program fees would be. We exchanged a couple more emails but the care team was not willing to help me. I called Westjet today to try and sort it all out with the special care team and was treated very poorly. The employee I spoke with told me in no uncertain terms that it was all my fault, I should have read the terms and conditions more closely, and that I would be on the hook for all the fees. I tried to be understanding and requested that perhaps I could be offered a voucher or credit for the difference in airfare, but he was quite rude and belligerent and refused to be of any help at all.
I would like you take a moment and ask yourselves if this is fair. Objectively, it does not make sense that a simple reversal in steps should penalize me so steeply. Just because I booked before filling out the form instead of filling out the form before booking does not warrant such mistreatment. I understand that there are procedures in place to streamline services, but such stonewalling without any flexibility at all is quite shocking to me. I would also like to point out that he was approved as an unaccompanied minor less than one year ago. I realize that a new form must be filled out for every trip as a matter of procedure, but I’m just pointing out how absurd the whole thing is when you step back and look at it objectively. I’m basically being fined $300 for booking a ticket before filling out a form.
Terrible. I would not recommend the unaccompanied minor program to anyone with children, and I would not characterize Westjet as an airline that is friendly or helpful when it comes to simple mixups such as this. Everyone I spoke to about it was very condescending. I sent an email to [email protected] to air my grievance.
Rant over.
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2023.06.08 00:30 Maszko Hello! Advice on a credit card dispute?

Hi. I know this probably isn’t as exciting as normal posts. Just looking for a little advice on this matter? I’m sort of baffled how this is legal?
I preordered Zelda Tears of the Kingdom from GameStop in May 2nd. On may 11th, it shipped and they pulled the money out of my account. I never received a product.
I check the shipping information, they somehow messed up my address (ordered tons of things in the last 5 years, never any issue). So I think fedex sent it back to GameStop.
I emailed GameStop about it and they said in WRITING, “ya I can see the credit for the refund, contact your bank if there’s a problem”. so I wait a week before contacting my bank. My bank says there is zero credit back from GameStop at any point in time.
KeyBank recommended I dispute the charge and let KeyBank handle it. Both parties seem like they’re working against me here. Any ideas? I’m not trying to be vindictive I just want my money back after a month of receiving nothing? I can’t wrap my head around the legality of this.
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2023.06.08 00:30 AutoModerator General Questions Thread, June 07, 2023

A thread for new collectors to ask basic questions of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions below!
A longer version of the subreddit rules is here.
For questions specifically concerning bootlegs or vendor legitimacy, please ask in the Bootleg Megathread.
NSFW & Spoiler Guidelines
  • For Self Posts: include a bolded NSFW note next to links in that post.
  • For Links to sites/images: If the figure is NSFW, or the website has any NSFW content (including ads) be sure to tag your post NSFW and use the appropriate link flair.
Bootlegs
Any collection posts containing bootlegs, comments advocating buying bootlegs, or links to sites selling bootlegs, recasts, or unlicensed merchandise will be removed.
People often ask about the legitimacy and/or safety of a number of websites which sell large resin statues. The more commonly-asked of those deal primarily in resins from studios which do not have a license from the Japanese IP holders to produce merchandise. Therefore links to those sites are not permitted here. Another sign is if MyFigureCollection doesn't list the either the statue, its manufacturer, or the shop it's being sold on.
MyFigureCollection
My Figure Collection is like MyAnimeList... but for figures! Their database includes thousands of items which been produced during the last couple of decades, along with reviews of shops and other helpful articles. One can also list their own collection and post gallery photos.
Shops
Retailers:
AmiAmi HobbySearch Mandarake (sells rare figures) Good Smile Company Online Shop (often has exclusives) Good Smile Company US shop Crunchyroll Shop Hobby Link Japan (aka HLJ) Solaris Japan (MFC partner) BigBadToyStore (MFC partner, US retailer) Big in Japan (also has proxy service) Tokyo Otaku Mode Right Stuf FigureHaven Archonia (EU) Yorokonde (EU) Figuya (EU) Dekai Anime (UK) Gamersheek (UK) Jungle
List of retailers on MFC
/AnimeFigures' List of Retailers
Community Guide to Shopping in Japan
Blogs/News:
Nekomagic (News/Previews) NyaaFigurines (Reviews/Releases) Kahotan's Blog (News/Reviews) Figma Blog (JP)

Buying & Shipping

1. What’s the best place to buy my anime figures from?
That’s going to depend a lot on what works for you, but most people around here buy them from Amiami, Big in Japan, Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, or Tokyo Otaku Mode. If none of those work for you for whatever reason, there’s a list of reputable retailers in the sidebar that you can check out at any time. Be extra careful when ordering figures from websites like Amazon or ebay, as there are a lot of bootlegs on those sites. Don’t be afraid to ask in our Bootleg Megathread if you’re unsure.
2. What differences are there between the shipping options I get from most Japanese shops?
Below is a rundown of the main shipping choices you’ll get at most retailers. Keep in mind that if an order is large enough you will be forced to use one of the more expensive options, as SAL shipments have lower size and weight restrictions.
  • Unregistered SAL: Sometimes referred to as uSAL, is usually the cheapest method. It does not come with any tracking or insurance. Usually takes up 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Registered SAL: Sometimes referred to as rSAL, is insured for the declared value up to 6,000 yen. It comes with a tracking number and usually takes 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • EMS: This method of shipping is much faster than either SAL options, usually arriving within a week of shipment. EMS shipments are insured for the declared value up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • Airmail
  • E-packet
  • Surface: Shops don't offer this very often. It's an actual cargo ship and slow as a result.
  • DHL: Becoming more available as an alternative to EMS on AmiAmi and other sites. Can be less expensive than EMS and of comparable speed, but may be more reliant on the specific geographical area being shipped to. The price is also determined by the size of the box. Offers their own tracking.
3. I placed two+ orders for figures at different times. Will my items be shipped together, or will I have to pay shipping twice?
Most shops will ask you to pay shipping on a per-order basis, but here are some that will allow combined shipping:
  • Amiami: You can combine orders here, as long as the orders ship in the same month. It doesn’t matter if the item is new or preowned. Any preorders that are set for that month can also be combined with other orders for that month. However, be aware that if the preorder gets delayed, Amiami will remove that item from that month’s shipment and place it on a new order. To combine orders on Amiami, use the “Combine Orders” feature under “My Account”.
  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQs.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • European Union: As of 1st July 2021, VAT has to be paid on all goods imported from outside of the EU. Retailers are supposed charge VAT for purchases under €150, however many Japanese retailers currently do not, so VAT will be charged when your order arrives in the EU. Orders that are >€150, VAT and duty will be charged by your local customs.
  • UK: As of 1st January 2021, VAT is to be charged by retailers for orders <£135. However, customs isn't currently charging VAT on parcels valued at <£135, even if the VAT hasn't been paid. Goods >£135 will have their VAT and duty calculated and charged by customs.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips were discontinued after a long run. A current version is the Vattensten, if you're inclined to buy your case and lights at the same time.
LED strips have become very commonly available in recent years; most hardware and home furnishing stores carry a selection now. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. What are "scales" and "prizes"? What is the difference between them?
Those are classifications for figures based on a few factors.
  • "Prizes" are generally more simply produced figures which are intended to be given as prizes for playing arcade games. They are inexpensive and lack the detail of scale figures, though some prize figure lines have standouts which may approach lower-end scales in quality. That is uncommon and often depends on the individual figure.
  • "Scales" are called such because they are nominally designed to be proportional to the dimensions of the character which they are based on. They are generally of much better manufacture and materials than prize figures, allowing for more detail in painting, accessories, or complex poses.
  • "Trading" figures appear in gashapon machines or as blind boxes on shop counters, often as sets which include multiple characters. As suggested by the class name, the randomness encourages trading. They are usually very inexpensively-produced, though as with prizes, some series are better than others.
  • "Non-scale" encompasses a variety of other categories. It is often used to describe poseable figure lines such as figma and Nendoroids.
In recent years producers such as Good Smile Company attempted to further bridge the gap between prize quality and scales by introducing figure lines which are intended to be moderately-priced while retaining a higher level of detail than the typical prize figure, to varying levels of success.
17. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Flare
  • Stronger
18. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
19. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.
If you're looking for help completing a garage kit, /brushforhire may be useful.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

20. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
Many figure companies are active on Twitter, so following them there is recommended for quicker news.
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
21. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
22. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2023.06.08 00:28 2-of-wands Student Line of Credit turned to Consolidation?

I am with TD (debit, credit card, and a student line of credit) and I graduated from university almost 2 years ago. I have been slowly working off my Student Line of Credit, making regular monthly payments. I went to make a payment to my student line of credit today and I was unable to. I went to check the account and now it just says "Consolidation" for the account type and I cannot see anymore information or make any payments. I am finance simple, what does this mean?
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2023.06.08 00:28 ItsEsmeJones [MAA4A] Henchman 38 [Established Relationship?][Amnesiac Vampire Yandere Supervillain Speaker][Henchperson Speakers][Loyal Henchperson Listener][Amnesia][Flirting][Husband Goals?][Mean]to[Loving][SPICY][Kisses][Feeding][Cottagecore][CW: Yelling/Action/Amnesia]

Context: You were a simple henchperson for the villain Agelast. He was as cruel as his title would suggest, but you remained loyal to him. When his ship was struck by a missile, you went down with it, finding your Master unconscious in the wreckage. While the other henchpeople fled, you remained loyal, dragging him from said wreckage and staying by him as he recovered in your makeshift cabin. After months, he's finally woken up, but... he doesn't seem quite himself.
Setting: The battleship/a makeshift cabin
Tags:[MAA4A][Established Relationship?][Amnesiac Vampire Yandere Supervillain Speaker][Henchperson Speakers][Loyal Henchperson Listener][Amnesia][Flirting][Husband Goals?][Mean]to[Loving][SPICY][Kisses][Feeding][Cottagecore][CW: Yelling/Action/Amnesia]
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[A] = Agelast aka Asher, your Master and reknowned supervillain
[H1] = Henchman 1, not so sure about this
[H2] = Henchman 2, REALLY not sure about this
[Scene opens in…?]
[SFX: An alarm blaring]
[A] Henchmen, to the board! All henchmen, report at once! We are under attack and I expect you all to be good little meat shields and protect me!
[SFX: Lots of people running/general chaos]
[A] Missile inbound! Rrgh, if those fools think they can harm me-!
[SFX: A door hissing open and more running]
[A] What?! Henchman 38, get to your post, immediately!
[Pause!!]
[A] What? How dare you not listen to your orders! You think I can’t survive the missile? I am Agelast, one of the most powerful villains on the planet! Worry about your own worthless little life and-!
[SFX: A massive explosion]
[Long Pause (Distorted Silence]

[H1] Thirty-eight?! Thirty-eight! You’re on the other side of the wreckage!
[Pause!]
[H2] What?! You’re with the Boss?
[H1] You mean that crazy bastard is still alive?! Or… undead?!
[Pause!!]
[H2] …Uhh… Sorry, no way, you’re on your own, Thirty-Eight!
[H1] Yeah… The Boss is kind of a massive dick and we’re taking the opportunity to run for it. Best of luck to you, though!
[Pause!!!]
[Long Pause (Seasons Changing)]
[You’re left with no choice, really. You can abandon your Master with the wreckage… but you drag him into the forest and salvage what you can. The advanced tech lets you build a cabin within a month or so]
[SFX: Birds chirping/Spring]
[Long Pause (Repeat)]
[SFX: Cicadas chirping/Summer]
[Long Pause (Repeat)]
[SFX: Dry wind and leaves/Fall]
[Scene opens in a cabin/cottage living room]
[SFX: Fire crackling]
[Seasons later, you are putting more firewood in the hearth while the wind rages outside. You’ve been on your own for months now, save for your unconscious Master]
[SFX: Cloth rustling]
[You jump as strong arms encase you from behind]
[A] “Hi sweetie… Good morning. Eugh, I feel like I’ve been asleep for ages…”
[Pause!]
[Your Master, and one of the most wicked men on the planet, kisses your shoulder]
[A] “Mmh, you’re all cold from being out without a robe… I’ll get you a robe next time we’re out, mmkay? I’m sure we can find something nearby, even on vacation.”
[...Pause?]
[He frowns, pulling you closer to him]
[A] “... ‘My lord’? Darling, we just woke up. Are you trying to seduce me so early?”
[His lips curl into a smirk as you shiver]
[A] “Because I won’t lie… I’m kind of enjoying the boldness, my sweet. My teeth are already trembling to taste that fragile little neck…”
[SFX: The Listener stepping a few feet away]
[He frowns as you scurry back from him. Even gentle, he’s as imposing as ever]
[Pause…?]
[A] “What do I remember? How do you mean?”
[Pause…]
[He sighs and gestures toward the small kitchen]
[SFX: The chairs scooting by themselves]
[A] “Let me just call the chairs over for a moment… There. Sit with me.”
[You obey, as always]
[SFX: Coffee brewing]
[A] “What do I remember… Well, I remember our life together in splendorous, wonderful detail… You were hard-won, my love. I truly had to bring my best to woo you away from all the others desperate to claim you. You were so unsure, at first, but the moment I got you to smile at that silly little convention… I knew you were mine.”
[Pause???]
[A] “Recruitment? To become a minion of mine?”
[He laughs at this, gesturing for the cups to float over]
[SFX: The cups sitting themselves down]
[A] “Here, your coffee. Just how you like it.”
[...]
[You taste it. It is exactly how you like it]
[...Pause]
[A] “Oh, you’re welcome, dearest. Now… what is all of this about minions and recruitment?”
[You try and explain to him that he is a villain. One of the world’s most wanted and you are nothing to him but one of his henchmen. One of his disposable minions. He rests his chin in one hand, listening with ravenous eyes]
[Long Pause (Listener explanation)]
[A] “Mmh… So, I am a villain named Agelast, wanted the world over. You were a henchperson that was aboard my ship when it was hit by a missile. You found me unconscious in the wreckage, dragged me somewhere safe, built this cabin from what you could salvage, and tended to me until I woke up, months and months later?”
[Pause!]
[He ponders this for a moment before he smiles dreamily]
[A] “Alright… Your little ‘roleplay’ ideas are always fun, but if you want me to pretend to be a villain…”
[Pause!!]
[A, putting on ‘the voice’] “How dare you argue with the mighty Agelast, you worthless peon!”
[You shiver. Why does the voice have to be so strong]
[P-Pause]
[He lowers his voice, concerned]
[A] “You’re not a worthless peon, I swear, I’m just acting.”
[....?]
[A] “...No, I don’t remember being a decorated, apocalypse-loving villain. I remember being a businessman at a convention that fell madly, desperately in love with a cute little human that smiled at me while helping me pick up the business cards I spilled on accident.”
[His smile deepens, a little deranged]
[A] “I remember following that same human like a lovesick puppy… for months. Even years. We always found ourselves at the same place, at the same time. Then again, I always did my best to make sure I kept you to myself…”
[P-Pause]
[He beckons you forward and your chair all but vaults you into his lap]
[SFX: The chair doing a yeet maneuver]
[Pause!]
[A] “There we are… Telekinesis is so fun, isn’t it? Being a vampire does have oh-so-many perks… One gesture and you’re thrown right into my lap.”
[P-P-Pause]
[His strong arms close around you again. This time, you’re staring right into his eyes]
[A] “Gods, you’re beautiful… but your neck is sorely lacking in my little love bites… Hm.”
[He frowns, fingers running through your hair]
[A] “...Can’t have that, dearest. No, no, no… You know how I get when someone else looks at you. Thinks about you…”
[...Pause?]
[He smiles again, in his own world]
[A] “Oh, love… These hands tremble when they can’t touch you. My fangs ache when they can’t taste you. My skin boils when it can’t touch you! I do love this little rescue scenario you came up with for us~.”
[...Pause]
[His lips touch your neck while you try and figure out what to do next. Of all your interactions with Agelast, affection was the last thing you were expecting]
[SFX: The Listener being bitten]
[You gasp and tense as his fangs sink into your neck]
[A] “Mmh, oh! Oh, your blood… Shh, hold still, hold still, dear… You know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, hm?”
[...]
[He holds you close, rubbing your back as he feeds. None of this right. This isn’t your villainous overlord]
[A, with a quiet moan] “Oh, love… You are exquisite, in every single way. I love you, so, so much…”
[Pause…]
[A] “Hmhm, come now, my sweetest obsession… I’ll be your villain if that’s how you want to spend the day. Or we could go and explore the local forests, maybe even the nearby town? Hmm?”
[...]
[You… guess you’re going to go see the town with..?]
[Pause?]
[He chuckles]
[A] “What name to call me when I’m not ‘Agelast’? Hmhm… Asher, love. My normal first name is just fine.”
[...You guess you’re going to town with Asher…]
[Pause.]
[A] “Beautiful~. Come, join me in the bath, and then we can set off for the day.”
[SFX: The chair scooting back as he stands, carrying the Listener]
[...]
[A] “I do hope you’ll forgive me for getting a bit handsy, hmhm.”
[...You have serious doubts that the employee handbook would permit this but… he did write the handbook…]
[To be continued]
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2023.06.08 00:25 nexrad19 Adding a third loan to my credit

Hey everyone. I need some advice. My partner and I make a combined gross income of 200k+/year. We just bought a 310K house and ended up using my credit (790) because his credit (720) would bring our interest rate up even more. I already have a vehicle loan (38K remaining) on my credit file as well. He has student debt and some credit cards maybe totaling 40K.
He wants to buy a certain collectible car valued at 50K but has been turned down by several banks for various reasons. Mostly, they wont loan out 50K for a collector car from the mid 90s. The one lender that does specialize in this type of stuff said since he defaulted for a couple of months on his student debt 8 years ago, they could not approve him.
What would be the effects for me if I added another vehicle loan onto my credit file? I would be signing as a cosigner if that makes any difference. Any potential roadblocks to refinancing our home down the road?
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2023.06.08 00:25 dissapointed_parents Collections fees

Hello! I enrolled in an online jewelry rental service but accidentally broke one of the 100 dollar pieces. Long story short I cancelled them membership and removed my card from being further charged. I got an email saying if I don’t pay them for the membership I’ll be subject to collections fees. What does this mean in this case and can it effect my credit score?
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2023.06.08 00:25 Kaito0597 [MacOS 14 DB 1] Auto Unlock with Apple Watch seems to be completely non functional.

Has anyone else experienced this issue? When I go to enable the setting, it would seem to switch on just fine. However, should I immediately try to access the passwords section of settings, or my saved credit cards in safari, places where my Apple Watch should prompt me to unlock, it does not. If I wait for my Mac to sleep, and then try to unlock it, a message will appear that reads, “Password required to enable Apple Watch to unlock this Mac”. It will display that message every time the computer sleeps, and never let the Apple Watch unlock it. I have tried a restart, but, most strangely of all, that completely disables the setting. I’ll open System Settings back up, and it will be toggled completely off.
I did go ahead and file the relevant Feedback with Apple: [FB12248918]
Has anyone else had any issues with Auto Unlock so far?
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2023.06.08 00:22 Mshdisyskahsidburner Does anyone know a site for credit cards for free trials?

Need a free trial for a calling thing and I don’t really have a card, and def can’t afford to pay for the subscription. Would appreciate any help.
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2023.06.08 00:20 XxRobloxNobxX Amazon Rewards Visa Approval Odds?

FICO 8 Credit Score is 652 (due to high utilization on one my cards), Credit history is 1 year and 1 month long, no missed payments, 5 cards open with a total credit limit of 24k (pretty sure Amazon Visa is exempt from 5/24), I already have the Sapphire Preferred (opened on May 18th this year) and Total Checking with Chase. I was thinking of financing something from Amazon with 0% interest and I am also pre-qualified for the card so what are the odds of my application being approved?
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2023.06.08 00:19 dumbsl00t Upside down on car loan and in deep shit. Help?

In 2021 we bought a 2011 Ford Edge for 12k. (I know, but it was our first car buying experience, we were stranded in the middle of nowhere, and we got major taken advantage of) It’s had nonstop issues since we got it. Currently, it can drive short periods, but it has a power steering fluid leak ($700 fix), needs new rims ($700 fix), and there’s a electrical drain that we CANNOT find the source of that kills the car randomly. It is not really safe to drive. We still owe about 10k, the car is worth about 4k (if nothing was wrong with it). We have a 8.49% interest on the car loan and we struggle to make payments. The car is not drivable really. Both my husband and I were just fired from our jobs (we worked at the same place and experienced a retaliation firing for reporting an assault). We have no income. We can barely afford our rent, let alone our car. Our monthly payment is $260, we haven’t had insurance for a year (we can’t drive it + we can’t afford insurance), and we can’t afford repairs. We need to pay $200 for updating the tabs, too, because they expired last Nov. Additionally, we live in a city where we would have to pay to park our car (about $300/mo). We have been parking it at a friend’s house (thankfully, for free) but that friend is now moving so we HAVE to do something with it. We have attempted to get a loan extension from the credit union (NFCU) but they said no (likely because we’ve had to do it before). The car is only in my husband’s name, not mine. What can you recommend us? Do I try to take it in and sell it or trade it? Our main issue is that it’s both expensive AND we cannot drive it (otherwise we’d be doing delivery jobs or something to make the payments) so if we traded we would still be in a potentially better place? Will a dealership take it, given how upside down we are and the fact that we don’t have a down payment? I feel like we would get told no, especially because we don’t have income right now. If we just sell the car, though, don’t we have to pay the difference immediately? Is it worth it to just let them repo it and ruin his credit?What can we do? Help!
ALSO, we will be getting a large lump sum some time in the next year (don’t know when) but it will be enough to pay off the car entirely with no issue. Problem is we don’t know when, and we have to move (and pay for parking we can’t afford) or sell the car now.
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2023.06.08 00:18 dumbsl00t Upside down on a car that doesn’t work and we’re broke. What should we do?

In 2021 we bought a 2011 Ford Edge for 12k. (I know, but it was our first car buying experience, we were stranded in the middle of nowhere, and we got major taken advantage of) It’s had nonstop issues since we got it. Currently, it can drive short periods, but it has a power steering fluid leak ($700 fix), needs new rims ($700 fix), and there’s a electrical drain that we CANNOT find the source of that kills the car randomly. It is not really safe to drive. We still owe about 10k, the car is worth about 4k (if nothing was wrong with it). We have a 8.49% interest on the car loan and we struggle to make payments. The car is not drivable really. Both my husband and I were just fired from our jobs (we worked at the same place and experienced a retaliation firing for reporting an assault). We have no income. We can barely afford our rent, let alone our car. Our monthly payment is $260, we haven’t had insurance for a year (we can’t drive it + we can’t afford insurance), and we can’t afford repairs. We need to pay $200 for updating the tabs, too, because they expired last Nov. Additionally, we live in a city where we would have to pay to park our car (about $300/mo). We have been parking it at a friend’s house (thankfully, for free) but that friend is now moving so we HAVE to do something with it. We have attempted to get a loan extension from the credit union (NFCU) but they said no (likely because we’ve had to do it before). The car is only in my husband’s name, not mine. What can you recommend us? Do I try to take it in and sell it or trade it? Our main issue is that it’s both expensive AND we cannot drive it (otherwise we’d be doing delivery jobs or something to make the payments) so if we traded we would still be in a potentially better place? Will a dealership take it, given how upside down we are and the fact that we don’t have a down payment? I feel like we would get told no, especially because we don’t have income right now. If we just sell the car, though, don’t we have to pay the difference immediately? Is it worth it to just let them repo it and ruin his credit?What can we do? Help!
ALSO, we will be getting a large lump sum some time in the next year (don’t know when) but it will be enough to pay off the car entirely with no issue. Problem is we don’t know when, and we have to move (and pay for parking we can’t afford) or sell the car now.
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2023.06.08 00:18 Sk8er_OW Any help is appreciated im so close to this

Any help is appreciated im so close to this
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2023.06.08 00:18 iam_MRT Sudden RCBC credit card delivered and NAFFL promo

Hi guys, I'm one of the those who availed last year of the NAFFL promo of RCBC. I applied October last year. The latest update that i got is this:
"APPLICATION UPDATE: We're sorry that our review & approval process is taking longer than expected due to the high volume of requests. Rest assured that your application is already in process and we shall send another SMS update informing you of its status on or before Dec.15,2022. If you do not receive any update from us by that time, kindly get in touch with us at 8888-1888. Thank you for your patience."
That's it. There was never an update last Dec 15. I totally forgot about it.
Yesterday, a number called and said that he's from LBC and that he is in the office for the delivery of my rcbc card. I received a gold flex one.
My question is if this card is included in the ongoing promo of rcbc wherein select individuals receive an email or sms saying that they are included in the promo and just need to spend around 1k to 3k depending on the card? I have no reference of my approval date and i haven't receive the promo messages so I'm quite confused if i should activate it. I'm thinking that it works the other way around: that you'll receive the promo message once you activate the card. The activation serving as the trigger.
For reference: here's the promo that I'm talking about: https://rcbccredit.com/promos/activate-your-rcbc-credit-card-and-enjoy-no-annual-fee-for-life-promo-code-nev05a--2148
Thank you so much, guys!
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2023.06.08 00:18 fuzzyfrog1345 How to play the catch-up game

Sorry in advanced if format doesn’t work, I’m on mobile. I went through a bad bought of depression and wasn’t working, I got sooo behind on bills. If it weren’t for my best friend I’d be homeless right now. But I don’t want to throw a pity party, I need advice on how to get caught up now that I have steady income. I’m a server making anywhere from $350-500 a week. And I’m looking into taking up a second job at a fast food joint that my friend is the manager at.
Luckily, the only major bills I have now are my car, car insurance, phone bill, and credit cards. I owe my old landlord over 2k, owe some friends money, and my credit cards are way past due. My phone has been shut off since last week because I couldnt pay my bill and I have another bill for it coming up next week. I’m not the best at budgeting so I really just need some advice on how to catch up. It seems impossible because bills keep coming and going and piling up. Thank you in advanced for any budgeting advice.
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