As those of you who are Angelic Pretty fans probably know, we've tried not to use the word "reserve" when talking about pre-ordering Angelic Pretty series items on our site, mostly to avoid confusion with our Victorian maiden reserve process, which works very differently. A VM reserve on our site is an official advance reserve order, and is treated as such by VM. Our AP pre-sales, on the other hand, are simply sales from our upcoming shipment after the series in question has been released. AP does not allow third party retailers to take official reserve orders prior to release.
Well, after continuous demand and much deliberation on our part, we've come up with a "pre-reserve" system for our upcoming stock that we think will work. And we're going to try it out with Holy Night Story, AP's holiday print.
The long and the short of it: just email us what you're interested in. For the Holy Night Story series, you have until the end of this weekend (November 14 at midnight EST) to do this.
This will be treated like a special order - you're committed to buying once you pre-reserve something. For that reason, we are only accepting pre-reservations from existing customers who have bought from us before, or new customers that can provide a feedback page (on LiveJournal or Ebay) that you can prove is actually yours.
It'll be first come, first served. Also, you cannot reserve accessories by themselves. Only main items or sets (one main item and any combination of accessories).
One major caveat: your order will not be guaranteed until we confirm our stock with AP. We've been told by AP that Holy Night Story is turning out to be very popular in Japan, so there is a possibility we cannot get every item that we order. This is why we are not taking payment up front - these are not true "reserve" orders as with our VM reserve process. This is a way for you to call "dibs" on items we hope to get, and to ensure that we actually order what you want from AP, which is something a lot of people have been asking us for.
Once we confirm stock, we will let you know the status of your order and invoice you via PayPal, and you then have 24 hours to pay or your order will be canceled (and we will not be happy - please do not email us unless you intend to follow through!).
If you want to wait and see what we get, you can do that too - we will get some extra items for the store and web site. You don't have to order this way - you can wait and do it through our regular process. This is just an extra way for those who really want something to have the chance to "call it" a little earlier. You'll have a better chance of getting exactly what you want by ordering this way. On the other hand, there is a chance that we won't be able to get the exact item that you want. It's a tradeoff.
Here's what AP is currently producing for the Holy Night Story series:
Main items (note the exchange rate at top)
One-piece dress - $349
Switch Jumper Skirt (military/velveteen top) - $339
Jumper Skirt - $325
Skirt - $220
(yes, this series is priced a bit higher than most, in Japan too.)
Accessories (cannot be pre-reserved separately)
Socks - $30
Katyusha/Headbow - $46
Half Bonnett - $119
All items produced in these colors:
We'll take one pre-reservation for each item in each color. We may or may not have time to update the list over the weekend, but we will respond to emails to let you know if we already have a pre-reservation for the item you want.
If this goes well, we'll continue this policy for upcoming series as well.