I have temporarily disabled the SAL Small Packet shipping method as I was recently notified that the Japan Post office will no longer come to my house and pick those packages up. As an alternative I am in the works in offering a shipping method called E-Packet Light. It is a dressed up SAL but with a tracking number. Some of you might know it as “Registered SAL”. It is slightly more expensive than SAL Small Packet (200-300 yen I believe). When it comes to the web Japan is still in the 80’s (the primary reason a site like man can even exist – I mean who doesn’t ship internationally?) and their online web system does not offer a way to print out labels in bulk so I have to wait for one guy to talk to another guy who has to ask his boss about who talk to about providing me a way to do it (and will eventually refer me back to the first guy). In the mean time EMS, SAL Parcel, and Sal Surface are still available.
- If you have placed an existing order by SAL Small Packet don’t worry, it will still ship out normally. It will go out in batches (we can only fit so many packages in my car).
- I changed the shipping calculator a bit, if you see any weirdness please email me at [email protected] (duplicate methods, weird pricing, no pricing, etc…)
- I expect to offer E-Packet Light ASAP. I have the rates all set, I just need a way to print out orders in bulk.
- Originally the post office told me they would come and pick up E-Packet Light packages. This is no longer the case so we will have to drive the packages to the post office. Hopefully the ability to print out labels in bulk will offset the trips we have to take to the post office.
5 years ago when I started Gentei Kits I used Woocommerce. It served me well but lacked some important features (mainly weight-based shipping). Before you Google the well known plugin keep in mind it cost $100 dollars. Now, that might be a fair price but since my day job is programming I felt it was a little steep for something I could do.
Fast-forward 10 months and I moved the entire site over to OpenCart. Like WooCommerce it served me well and I have used it ever since. However, due to the nature of pre-orders I wanted something more customized to how I sell products. So, I have gone back to WooCommerce and for the last 2 months I have customized the backend to help me keep track of the kits that come in. This will most certainly help me avoid the horrible mistake of having to refund your order because I did not order enough.
What has changed?
The overall look has changed a little bit but the basic ordering process is the same. I have imported all accounts but passwords need to be reset. So, using the Forgot Your Password page you will need to reset your password using the same credentials as the old site.
One of my favorite changes is the Gentei Kits’ home page now lists all relevant kits. I do not have a complicated selection; there are pre-orders and in stock kits…thats it. There really should not be any need to go to any other product listing page but it is still there if you insist.
What has happened to existing pre-orders?
The old site will stay live until all pre-orders have been fulfilled. The new url is http://old.genteikits.com. You won’t be able to place any orders but you will still be able to login.
Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and if you see a bug please let me know.