I don't understand why these would be freighted from Japan to the EU if you're selling them in America. Why not just have them sent across the Pacific to California?
Sorry if my original response wasn't clear. I was actually 'poking fun' at Diatec's current US distribution method (which is the exact scenario you outlined above). We have air freight sources than can get new product from Asia to the States in 3 Days (not a typo). Anything sent by vessel averages around 35 days in total (door-to-door).
As opposed to current method: Ship to Europe (35+ days), Ship to US Amazon center (35+ days) -- at least 70 days assuming nothing is going air (most likely scenario). By the time the newest models make it to the US in the current format, they're 3 months old in Japan.
I've dedicated more time to securing Filco than any other brand. The ground work is established; however, they want to see the site up and running and before committing (understandable).
Maybe I should wait to buy my first mechanical? Can you give an idea of what your planning to carry now?
I'm planning to carry everything. That's the long term goal and it will happen, but, despite my incredibly impatient nature, it will take time. Just finding contact info for many of the Eastern brands is a nightmare, then once you find it , you get DNS errors and kicked back emails (noppoo). Couple this with the 'exclusivity' agreements someone mentioned earlier, and I'm nowhere near content with our current offering; however
, I will have 16 unique brands and over 60 models in stock at launch. The snowball will begin growing (hopefully rapidly) April 16th and brands / models / accessories will be added monthly, weekly, daily...
As far as what we'll have for sale on April 16th that is hard to find or soon to be hard to find in the US - Ducky Keycap Sets (4 varieties), CM QuickFire every switch type and QuickFire Pro (brown cherry), every RK-9000 switch type, every Ducky Shine (Purple and Yellow LED) switch type - see tigerimports.net for other colors. I may have forgotten some others. See / please
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