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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2012, 12:40:52 am »
I can translate them if I have a few down minutes. And if someone was actually giving away a bikini I would love that.
Ehehehe, didn't they sell Project Fairy's bikinis for a bit? I distinctly remember the opportunity to buy Hibiki's bikini, ah~
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2012, 03:33:27 am »
Alright, I'm finally buckling down and ordering Funky Note along with a 765Pro Windbreaker and maybe something else.

I'm undoubtly going to have problems, so let's see...

Okay, first one:
I've chosen to order from AmimAmi because they have lot's of other cool merchandise I'd like, but I'm still open to suggestions based on some of these pre-order bonuses and all. First off...
What the heck is a "special clear file"?

"AmiAmi exclusive bonus:
-Special clear file Funky Note Ver."

Anyone mind explaining what that is, and maybe recommend somewhere else to pre-order from? (For a variety of iDOLM@STER things.)
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2012, 04:13:11 am »
Alright, I'm finally buckling down and ordering Funky Note along with a 765Pro Windbreaker and maybe something else.

I'm undoubtly going to have problems, so let's see...

Okay, first one:
I've chosen to order from AmimAmi because they have lot's of other cool merchandise I'd like, but I'm still open to suggestions based on some of these pre-order bonuses and all. First off...
What the heck is a "special clear file"?

"AmiAmi exclusive bonus:
-Special clear file Funky Note Ver."

Anyone mind explaining what that is, and maybe recommend somewhere else to pre-order from? (For a variety of iDOLM@STER things.)
I think it means a transparent(or translucent) file, with Funky Note pictures on it.

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2012, 05:00:54 am »
While that's an interesting interpretation, "clear file" refers to a completed game file.  I don't know why you would need such a thing unless Shiny Festa has post-game content... I suppose it could have unlockables.

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2012, 05:11:28 am »
Both are true, but I'm pretty sure in this case it means a translucent folder you can slip paper into, with optional art on it. AmiAmi says theirs is A4 sized, and given what I've seen in the past, I think you'll just be getting a thin folder-like sleeve, rather than a binder-like thing as shown below. Could be totally wrong, though.

(Click) - Clear files for paper, because loan words are weird.

EDIT: Oh hey, post 1000.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2012, 06:36:08 am by Cael K. »
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S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2012, 05:23:42 am »
Both are true, but I'm pretty sure in this case it means a translucent folder you can slip paper into, with optional art on it. AmiAmi says theirs is A4 sized, and given what I've seen in the past, I think you'll just be getting a thin folder-like sleeve, rather than a binder-like thing as shown below. Could be totally wrong, though.

(Click) - Clear files for paper, because loan words are weird.

And you just get one of those?
Not worth it really...
But thanks for the help!
And no one has any better suggestions for ordering? I want a better bonus than a folder I'll never use... (Little shy to be using iDOLM@STER school supplies)
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2012, 09:20:45 am »
i often order from
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp

Problem is: the first press bonus of funky note is sold out. I just ordered Groovy Tunes (which in turn is sold out at AmiAmi). And it's unknown what the additional bonus actually is

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2012, 01:05:31 pm »
Ehehehe, didn't they sell Project Fairy's bikinis for a bit? I distinctly remember the opportunity to buy Hibiki's bikini, ah~

I don't mean to hijack this further, but if someone has pics and could post them here or PM me, I'd love to see what they looked like. Sounds awesome.

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #38 on: October 03, 2012, 03:59:45 pm »
I don't mean to hijack this further, but if someone has pics and could post them here or PM me, I'd love to see what they looked like. Sounds awesome.
They were fantastic, and now I'm kicking myself for not saving the picture.

Alright, I'll just buy from AmiAmi then and skip the foldery paper pre-order bonus.
Oh, hey, actually, Cael is definitely right. I just realize what all these pictures are. They're folders.
Edit: And apparently the difference is only like $7 so I guess I'll get them anyways.

Edit2: Mhrrr... and what CD's to buy... It's a shame I don't really like many (any) of Ryuuguu Komachi's songs... Do you think a new CD would come out before pre-orders close? Probably not, huh... I'll probably just end up buying the Broadcast Live! one since I haven't heard many songs from that, and the Spring CD since THE CHERRY is probably one of my favorite songs ever. Any suggestions for other good CD's?

Edit3:
AHHAHAHAHAHA THEY ARE ALL EXPENSIVE NO THANKS BYE
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #39 on: April 05, 2013, 03:44:14 pm »
Has anyone used JShoppers forwarding since they changed over to Tenso Japan and did all of their policy change stuff last month?

It looks like they don't need you to forward the email you get anymore, or at least I can't find an email address. I just wanted to confirm if that was the case. It seems like they just pull your account based on the code you include with the address now.

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #40 on: April 06, 2013, 01:12:51 am »
Not... exactly.

I had two orders which arrived to them on 1 and 2 March, when they were in the process of moving - literally, no more than a few hours after I made my order, they sent an e-mail to everyone about their change of address. My packages ended up arriving at their old address, but they said it'd be okay. And they did get to me.

Granted, they sat around for four days or so before they got processed, and they were late getting out the e-mails to say they'd shipped. I'm betting they had to mess with their computers a bit, since when I finally got the two e-mails that said they shipped, they came within a few minutes of each other. That seems to me like they changed some settings and ran everything they had in the queue through at once.

I'm betting this was just a transitional hiccup, which was made more complicated by the fact that my packages arrived at their old address. They still own that building, though... at least, they said they did when I e-mailed them and asked if things would be okay. I haven't ordered anything since, as I don't have much of a need to right now.

About forwarding the order confirmation, I e-mailed them about that too, and they said it was still necessary. Not sure if it really, really is, or if they just told me that because it makes things easier on them. That was in February, though... you could e-mail them yourself and find out, I'm sure. From memory, their customer service mail... began with info_en I think? Somehow, I remember having to dig through my e-mail to figure out how to contact them.

If you end up ordering something, I'd be curious about how it went though.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2013, 01:15:14 am by Cael K. »
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

Memories of Melon Pan: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/
Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #41 on: April 08, 2013, 02:21:52 pm »
They sent me a confirmation email this morning that they had received it, so I guess you don't need to forward the email anymore.

I'm having trouble getting the payment to process, though... Just my luck.

Wait for me, Yayoi! I'm coming D:

EDIT: I finally got it to go through. Credit card payments kept timing out, so I tried PayPal. It wouldn't redirect me through PC, but I got it to work on my phone. No idea what's up with JShoppers this morning. Oh well. Got G4U Vol. 5 on the way :3
« Last Edit: April 08, 2013, 02:46:53 pm by Daverost »

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #42 on: January 18, 2014, 05:41:03 pm »
So, just wondering. Has anybody here used Celga in the past couple of months, and if so, what has been your experience with them? I've had a couple of bad runs, and I just want to know if that sort of stuff is consistent now.

EDIT: No one? Okay... well, might as well say what happened.
(a) Got the release date on a limited edition order wrong, and didn't end up getting it on release.
(b) When informed that release date was wrong, they didn't do anything even when supplied with evidence of both the date and an unboxing article.
(c) Also charged for domestic shipping when it was supposed to be free.
(d) Missed an e-mail from me and didn't order something I requested, which meant missing out on a limited store special.

Eventually, I got these cleared up, and got a refund for everything. For the first limited edition though, I had to ask for the owner (Hyla) by name and back up my situation pretty good. So much pain, though.

If you're bored you can read the full spiel on my blog. It's pretty long, though... I had a lot to get off my chest.
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140119/1390107647
« Last Edit: January 23, 2014, 12:36:08 am by Cael K. »
Cael's Im@s Ranking: Azusa, Yumeko, Tomomi, Haruka

How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

Memories of Melon Pan: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/
Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #43 on: May 01, 2014, 07:42:58 pm »
Anyone familiar with Nin-Nin Game, by any chance? Wanted to know if anyone knew anything about their service quality, or has had experience with them, before I attempted ordering from them.

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2014, 06:09:28 am »
Where would one shop for magazines without the need for a forwarder? (Or with, if that's the only option.)

I may or may not be interested in this.

http://rana0909.jp/

But I've never bought any of these kinds of software-inclusive magazines before. I'm guessing Amazon is out without a forwarder because of their software policies.