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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 December, 2018, 03:50:47 pm »
Yeah, my boxes were… interesting. Two were crushed. One had a massive hole in it. I've just secured replacements for five books on Facebook. What a waste of money though. They could have just packaged the things properly in the first place. (I shudder to think how many replacements Hachette has sent me over the past few years.)

What was the damage to the books?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 December, 2018, 06:04:42 pm »
FPI is the seller, and therefore should be the one you return it to, DonJohnson.

As for Hachette in general, I waited a week, sent a FB message, and have already had two replies today. I'm not emailing them again. Waste of time.

I got 2 x mail orders of 4 books and 6 books.

The box of 4 was well packaged, however a few dinged corners due to zero packing peanuts.

The box of 6 was OK packed but no packing peanuts to stop things moving around in the large box. Again more dinged up corners.

Thankfully I no longer have to deal with them since I've got a subscription with Forbidden Planet. Just a really bad taste in my mouth from both Hachette and Eaglemoss partworks for years of hassle and replacements.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 December, 2018, 04:11:09 pm »
I picked up the latest issue yesterday (Strontium Dog) from Forbidden Planet. Looked in good order until I got it home and removed the shrink wrap.

Some of the pages near the middle were damaged, thankfully the thickness of the paper stopped them from tearing in half due to a printer jam/error.

What do I do?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 December, 2018, 12:03:21 pm »
Just to clarify War On The Streets was Issue 90 (Vol 88) of the Mega Collection.  It's not part of the Ultimate Collection.  For me it's the art that really suffers; the text is hard to read in places but I could usually infer what it should have been from context, the art is just rendered as a shadowy blob which is a crying shame.

Darn, I still haven't even looked at that volume yet! These Hachette Collections are real hatchet jobs!!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 06 December, 2018, 06:55:16 pm »
My copy of War On The Streets came through.  The repro on some of the Mega Rackets stories looks a bit heavy on the black.  Most of the text is, just about, readable but there are a few panels where it's obvious A LOT of the detail has been lost from the artwork and we're left with a mostly black square :(

What issue number is that?

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 05 December, 2018, 06:49:38 pm »
Does anyone have a recommended reading order for this collection? I have all 90 but dont know how to order my reading of them other than by volume or issue...

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 December, 2018, 03:34:22 pm »
I wish the Eaglemoss Star Wars one was sold in the UK, but alas, no.

Why not just pick up the Marvel Epic Collection? They are collecting all the DH material plus all the old Marvel material.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 December, 2018, 03:59:52 pm »
A lot of the Image stuff is collected in HB and Deluxe HB, like Saga for example.

Eaglemoss have released a Star Wars collection in Europe but I am just collecting the Marvel Epics which collect everything ever.

I also got the Hachette Marvel 2016 Collection but stopped about 60 issues in. I figured I could just get what I wanted via OHC/OMNIs or Marvel Unlimited.

These part works usually have really low resale value compared to buying the actual HC/OHC from the standard publisher.

I regret buying the Eaglemoss DC colletion and starting the Hachette Marvel one. However the Dredd and 2000AD ones make sense as this stuff is not really collected in a nice curated HC format.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 December, 2018, 02:47:55 pm »
My order was split. Two books arrived after two days, and the rest showed up today. So that means eight books arrived late (out of ten), the others arrived on time. I'm mostly annoyed at the state they arrived in. Oh, and it turns out they also managed to get the order wrong, and sent one book incorrectly. Because they are massive buffoons.

As for your email response, it's clear they don't know their own company policy. When I tried to resubscribe to the 2000 AD series, I was told you could only subscribe from issue 1, despite what's stated on the website. Now you're told you have to pay extra for next-day, despite their site stating free delivery over £x and free next day over £y.

The books are good, on the whole, but… blimey. After the 2000 AD series is done, I can't imagine why I'd ever subscribe to another of these series. Hell, even if they did an Image partwork, I'd think twice.

I've subscribed at my local Forbidden Planet store for the next issue onward. They will hold the issues for me and I will pay when I pick them up so I can inspect for damage.

The only plus with the Hachette subscription was that I could easily ask for replacements if any damages occurred. Plus it came to my door. However I think this will work better and once its done I will never use them again.

Image partwork? Cant you just buy via Amazon etc.?

Eaglemoss is even worse that Hachette!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 December, 2018, 01:18:29 pm »
The rest of my order arrived. I now have some advice for everyone here: be VERY careful on making large orders for Hachette. I ordered 21 books, and they were sent in three large card boxes, with no protection whatsoever. It's a miracle more of the books aren't badly damaged.

Even bearing in mind this company's incompetence, I'm actually taken aback by this.

I made a large order over a week ago and due to the amount, next day delivery was available.

After 5 working days, nothing showed up. So I complained via FB messenger. They claimed that I had to pay extra for next day delivery, so I screenshot the delivery info from their website. They then made excuses and claimed my delivery should arrive early this week.

What a joke.

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