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  1. I echo Eggiweg's question, here - I'd love to see pictures, too. Anyway; If they were involved with the marketing for the product, or its showings at trade-shows where they're trying to sell stock to retailers, it's possible that they could've gotten hold of it, or been given it as a freebie, that way. A fully-working device as described could possibly have this sort of origin - a display model that's not really supposed to go beyond the show-floor. I don't know anywhere near enough about how Bandai operates to know whether they allow staff or contractors to keep product-samples, though, so I have no idea if such a sale would technically be allowed many years down the line, or whether there's some statute of limitations for stuff like that. It's also possible for a unit with such markings to possibly have simply been a product-sample that was given out to prospective retail-buyers at some point. It's also possible for such a device to originate from a product test - something where members of the public who are involved with survey and product-testing panels can sometimes be sent items that aren't yet ready for widespread release because the company wants to collect feedback before doing so. Bandai did test-runs like this in Japan with the original Tamagotchi back in 1996, and this is probably how those prototypes were distributed. Without more information about and evidence of this unit and others like it, it's impossible to determine the origin, though - these are just some possibilities, and are ways that items like this can sometimes get out into the wild. If I had to guess, I would bet on the first one because it's the scenario that I've heard of the most in fields like this, or the last one because we know that Bandai has a track-record for running product-tests like that. But there's just no way of truly knowing, here.
  2. I'm going to be really old-fashioned and name the high/low game from the Gen 2. It's time-respectful and playing it is kind of like virtual bubble-wrap, in its way.
  3. Yep, it's either that or good service - there seems to be no in-between with companies who operate as these ones do. If something you've ordered is being delivered by Yodel and your e-mail address has been passed to them, you're likely to get an e-mail sometime soon that'll ask you to fill out a survey about the service that you've received. Keep an eye out for it.
  4. Unfortunately, Yodel is one of those services that, like Hermes (which has a very unflattering nickname amongst those who've had bad experiences with the company), depends entirely on how good your local drivers are. Some people will receive fantastic service from them, whereas others won't.
  5. Oh niiiice! That sort of thing is always fun reading, at least for folks like us. I'm really looking forward to your post about that.
  6. I certainly did - thankyou very much for your continued work on documenting these things. Oooooh, now that's going to be fun to see! Where did you find those?!
  7. Like I said, the bottom one. Here; Pardon the awful quality of these, please. It'll put up a bit more resistance when you try to open it if old batteries are already in there, since you need to push down from the top of the battery-door in order to slide it off of the device, but it shouldn't be getting stuck!
  8. Disciplining and nurturing is only part of the picture, though. Like I said, the cost of living is higher over here - it always has been. Our bills are higher, our petrol costs more, and so on. It is rather a lot for a Tamagotchi, to be fair. That sort of pricing sounds off-putting to me as an enthusiast who imported the Japanese version of this model for less than that, including shipping and local taxes... I can only imagine how those with kids would balk at it! That said, again, the pricing being a factor is only my best guess, because I really can't see any other reason why they wouldn't bring it over. It doesn't seem to be an issue for other expensive toys, though, so perhaps they just don't see any profit in bringing it over here; Perhaps the market is not as large as the constant sell-outs of the other recent releases made it appear to be? They have that data, and we don't, after all. There's not just currency-conversion to consider - they also have to deal with the costs of importing goods into Europe and having them tested and certified as safe to sell as toys for kids in this region, and probably some other things that I'm forgetting as well. That stuff all raises the price for us as the end consumers, because they have to spend more in the first place in order to release it here. I'd love to know, because it just seems so nonsensical. If you see anything mentioned about whatever their actual reasons might be for having no plans for the Tamagotchi On over here, please do give them a mention!
  9. That doesn't entirely surprise me - there are some very specific cultural issues regarding shopping, in Japan, after all, and this is probably related to one of them. The old chestnut of how if you're asking if an item is in stock then you're committing to buying it is the one that always sticks in my head - it was included with some advice that I read before I started using proxy services. Actually, that's well worth knowing for our friends here who are considering using Buyee, really.
  10. Thanks for this - I've been using Buyee for years, but this has never come up, and I had no idea about it!
  11. In one way, that's legitimately surprising, since the 20th Anniversary Tamagotchi Mini and the Tamagotchi Original Gen 1 & Gen 2 did so well here. In another, considering its price in the US and the high cost of living over here, it's perhaps not so surprising... Perhaps they're thinking that parents may reject that sort of pricing for a toy that's famous for being a simple, affordable keychain gadget?
  12. Congratulations! You're now officially the person that we're all going to be looking to in order to get this information.
  13. I don't know how it is with the 4U, but the reset button on the Meets isn't the one that opens the battery compartment - the less-recessed one at the bottom does. Pushing it down using a ballpoint pen whilst sliding the battery-door downwards and away from the Tamagotchi with your other hand should let you remove it with no resistance.