I was all set to order my Scramble 1chiban. I had hyped it up for a month here on the site and I was so excited to get one.
I logged onto Budovideos at the appointed release time, put an A3 in my cart, started filling in all of my important details: address, credit card info, etc.
The whole process took maybe 3 minutes.
Which was about a minute too late.
2 minutes. It took 2 minutes for them to sell out!
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I’m sure a lot of us have horror stories like the one above. (In fact, feel free to post them in the comments below).
But don’t fool yourself and expect the 23rd to be any different with Shoyoroll’s The Ring.
Fear not, my friend. I have you covered.
Below I have 3 tips that will guarantee that you get that Shoyoroll, Scramble, etc. gi that you’ve been coveting including one tip that’s a game-changer when dealing with these type of pre-sales.
1. Join the mailing list over on the right sidebar
Ask anybody on the list. There is absolutely NO WAY that you will be able to miss the release. I emailed everybody a few days ago to let them know it was coming out (time date, etc.) and I’ll probably e-mail you again on the 16th to remind you it’s only a week away and again on the 22nd.
This might seem like a lot of emails, but I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on how helpful it is and I want to make sure my readers get a gi, not everybody else.
Also, please note, in the case of The Ring, it goes on sale at 3pm PST, which is 5pm CST, and 6pm EST.
Bookmark this link so you have no trouble getting to the site on sale/order day.
3. Make an account
This is the game-changer.
This tip alone will already put you ahead of the pack. Most of the people trying to buy a gi will be typing in their address, etc. just like I did on that fateful day.
BUT NOT YOU!
By making an account ahead of time and logging in 5-10 minutes before pre-sale starts, you can bypass all of that. See below on how to make an account.
Go to Budovideos.com and click on My Account (click the photos below to see an enlarged version)
Click ‘Click here to register.’
Enter all of your information at your leisure (you don’t have to hurry today!)
Submit it and if they send a confirmation email, make sure you get it and confirm the account.
This will save you a TON of time on sale/order day.
3. Have credit card info ready
While it isn’t possible to type your credit card info into the system ahead of time, you can have your card number already typed out in a text document.
Instead of having to read it off the card and type it in, just copy and paste it in on sale/order day to save you another valuable 10-15 seconds.
1. Join our mailing list
2. Make an account ahead of time and log into prior to pre-sale
3. Have CC info already on a text document to copy and paste
While the only TRUE way to guarentee you get one is to sign up for GUMA next year, this is the best option for non-GUMA members.
I really hope these tips have been helpful. I can guarantee that it will set you apart from everybody else trying to buy a gi on that day.