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Title: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on January 29, 2011, 08:53:40 pm
Every so often, we get a question like where can such-and-such be found, or why aren't there any bookstores in my area, and all that. Knowing it'd be useful for myself, and thinking it could be useful for others, I wanted to compile all this information in a single thread so that it doesn't get lost. I apologize if this assumption is false. I realize the information is buried in multiple places across the site, but I feel the need to get a full thread for them.

I understand maybe this is asking a bit, but if this could be stickied for ease of finding, I would appreciate it.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all stores will be assumed to carry Japanese goods, if not both. If you guys have any recommendations, feel free to post them up. However, remember that some people have their sights set on a particular region's version (Japanese/Asian).

Please indicate if a store you mention sells Asian edition merchandise exclusively, and not the Japanese versions. Some stores do not tell you, leaving you to find out when you open the box.

Most these places have an online site. Use the internet and you'll probably be able to find directions to physical locations, or their online shop.

(*) Retailers marked with a star have been personally tried and found reliable by at least one person on this forum (price notwithstanding). Keep in mind, this is word of mouth, and your mileage may vary.

Contents

1. Domestic Chapter - For buying stuff from Japan, outside of Japan. Online or brick and mortar.
2. Japan Chapter - For buying stuff from Japan, in Japan, whether online or physically.
3. Electricity Chapter - How to make your console work at home.
4. Notes - For everything else.

Domestic Chapter

Online import retailers (will ship internationally)
www.amiami.com (*) - Based in Japan, ships internationally.
www.play-asia.com (*) - Most everything gaming related, not really for doujin stuff.
www.yesasia.com
www.cdjapan.co.jp (*)
www.paletweb.com (*) - Doujin stuff (especially doujin games, and everything Touhou), a few vintage games
www.amazon.co.jp (*) - Certain items only (CDs, manga, light novels), and only if stocked in an official Amazon warehouse. Compulsory 2/3-day FedEx international shipping, requires signature.
ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/ (http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/) (*) - Mandarake's Online Store. Mostly doujinshi.
honto.jp (http://honto.jp) - Japanese site, manga and general books.
www.bk1.jp (*)
www.hmv.co.jp (*) - EMS only, Lawson apparently uses it for their promos (like first run bonus goods).
www.hlj.com (*)
www.1999.co.jp
www.hobbymoe.com (*)
www.kinokuniya.com (*) - Still must be searched using Japanese.
White Canvas (store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/wcan/ (http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/wcan/)) (*) - Doujin stuff. Japanese site, will ship internationally. Click for ordering procedures. (http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.msg36905.html#msg36905)
Alice Books (alice-books.com) - Doujin books, but not all items can be sent overseas.
Diverse Direct (https://diverse.direct/) - Doujin music.

Physical locations abroad (not in Japan): arranged by location
Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA (Chicago area)
Sanseido Books (*) - In the Mitsuwa Marketplace, will take phone orders.

New York, New York, USA
Book-Off - Around the corner of 6th Ave. and 45th St.
Kinokuniya
Image Anime - 242 W 30th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue

American West Coast and Hawaii, USA
Book-Offs in various locations, among others.
Kinokuniya in seven locations on the coast.
Southern California - Most Book-Offs in strip malls have imports, most in indoor malls do not.
Hawaii - The Book-Off in Shirokiya (at Ala Moana Mall) has imports, the one at Pearlridge Mall does not.

Southeast Asia
Many Kinokuniyas (check http://www.kinokuniya.co.jp/english/contents/network04.html), though be warned not all of them carry Japanese stuff. In particular, I think the Bangkok Store (6th floor, Isetan) is the only one that does.

Australia
Sydney: Kinokuniya
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on January 29, 2011, 08:53:50 pm
Japan Chapter

Ordering stuff from a Japanese website that does not ship internationally: You can do this, but it requires, if not a friend or family member, a deputy/proxy service, or a mail forwarding service. A deputy service (as I understand it), may attempt to communicate on your behalf to get you the item you want. A mail forwarding service leaves that up to you. Either way, both involve mailing a package to the service, which will then mail it to you. Also, I've only heard of this once (and it was through a friend), but some online retailers will specifically check the shipping address on your order to see if you're using a forwarding service, and refuse to stuff there. I only know one (Melon Books), but there could be more.

Importing electronic devices: Countries around the world use different types of electricity, varying in voltage, frequency, and plug type. Plugging an electronic device, like a $500 Limited Edition XBox 360, into a wall socket that supplies a different voltage than that device was intended for MAY DESTROY THE DEVICE. You will sometimes need transformers or converters to change whatever power comes from your wall to work with the device you buy. See the Electricity Chapter for information about how to make consoles and such work in your country.

Deputy services
Celga - Had a few bad runs in a row with these guys.
Goody Japan (*)

Mail Forwarding services
JShoppers (*) - 5% discount EMS

Stores found everywhere in Japan (some have online stores): arranged by major item
Anime Fandom (Mainstream): Gamers, Animate
Anime Fandom (Used): Mandarake
Card Games: Hobby Station
Doujin: Lashinbang, D-Stage, White Canvas, Messe-Sanno, Toranoana, Melon Books, Akibaoo
Figures: Liberty, Kotobukiya, Sofmap, Mandarake
Games (New): Sofmap, Gamers, Mag-Mani
Games (Used): Trader, Sofmap
Games (Retro, Vintage): Super Potato
Manga/Magazines (New/Used): Book-Off, K-Books, Super Potato, Mag-Mani, Comic Zin

Japan-only online retailers (will not ship outside of Japan, not listed above, use with deputy services)
http://www.amazon.co.jp (*) - Some items can't be shipped outside of Japan.
http://www.suruga-ya.jp (*) - Bunches of used games, and others.
Alice Books (alice-books.com) - Doujin books, but some items can't be shipped overseas. Don't know if they specifically check for forwarding services, but you can try.

Japan-only online retailers that have refused to send items to forwarding services (you may need a friend for these, or use a forwarding service they don't know about)
Melon Books - Admittedly, it's been a few years since the last try, so they may have changed. I doubt it, though.

Physical locations within Japan (for when you take your fateful journey): arranged by location
Narita, Chiba Prefecture
Narita Airport International Gates - A Sanseido Books is at the North Gates (Gates in the upper 80's and 90's, I think).

Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture
Akihabara Electric Town (秋葉原電気街) - Watch out for maids.
Nakano Broadway (中野ブロードウェイ) - Practically owned by Mandarake.

Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Den Den Town (でんでんタウン)/Nipponbashi (日本橋) - Bounded on all sides by a Yoshinoya.

Kobe, Hyougo Prefecture
San Center Plaza, West Building (サンセンタープラザ西館) (http://3nomiya.net/access/accessmap/) - There is an Animate on the 3rd floor. 5 minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station (三ノ宮駅).

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Oosu Shopping Arcade (大須電気街) - Compared to Akihabara, from what I hear. Between Osu-Kannon Station (大須観音駅) and Kami-Maezu Station (上前津駅), if going by Nagoya Subway.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on January 29, 2011, 08:53:59 pm
Electricity Chapter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_power_around_the_world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets

Power transformer ratings and power draw for console systems
Sony PS3, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-240V @ 50/60 Hz, though official released specs are for 100V @ 50/60 Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: 60-200W / 250-380W, depending on production run(*1).
Plug: Type A.

Sony PS4, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-240V @ 50/60 Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: 140-160W / 250W, depending on production run(*1).
Plug: Type A.

Microsoft XBox360, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-127V @ 47-63Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: 135-210W / 135-254W, depending on production run(*1).
Plug: Type A.

Sony PSP, Asian
Voltage/Frequency: 100-240V @ 50-60Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Plug: Type A.

Sony Vita, Japan
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Notes: The PCH-2000 series Vitas charge through micro USB, so all you need is a male USB to male micro USB cable and a USB wall charger that accepts the voltage and frequency of the country you are in. The ratings of the bundled chargers for previous versions is unknown.

Nintendo DS, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-120V @ 50-60Hz
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Plug: Type A.

New Nintendo 3DS, Japan
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Notes: The New Nintendo DS charges through a non-standard connector, and you will need a special cable (a male USB to New Nintendo 3DS connector) to charge it. You can still charge it with a USB wall charger that accepts the voltage and frequency of the country you are in, by connecting the male USB end of the cable to it.

(*1) Typical wattage information is taken from the internet and is for North American hardware, presumably similar to all other versions. Maximum wattage is taken straight from the manuals as the maximum possible wattage the device may ask of the transformer without killing it, though in practice most consoles may never draw near this amount. Older production runs typically draw more power. As this is power draw, you can draw less wattage than your converter is rated for and it will still be fine. Err on the side of caution, though.

There are four things you have to consider when purchasing a console system from abroad: voltage, frequency, wattage (only if you decide you need a power converter), and plug. Above are the ratings for consoles systems we know about, and what sort of electricity it expects.

Voltage, generally, only spans two ranges: 100-120V, and 220-240V. Everyone knows this, it's how much juice your current is giving you.
Frequency is generally only 50 Hz or 60 Hz. Think of electricity as a wave: this is pretty much how much the wave oscillates (in repetitions per second). All the consoles I've seen can handle both frequencies. Even still, electric devices rated for only one of these will usually still run with the other, they'll just run faster or slower.
Wattage is the power draw of your console. Certain converters you can buy are only rated up to certain wattages, and heavy-duty consoles like the PS3 and XBox360 might kill a wimpy converter. Converters rated for 300W or above are recommended for these. I think portable systems might be fine with a 50W converter.
The plug is the actual physical connection to the wall socket you're going to use. Obviously, even if the wall power won't blow up your console, you still gotta be able to fit the plug into the wall!

The wikipedia article contains a very detailed list of voltages and frequencies used around the world, as well as the power outlet plugs. The Mains Power article will tell you the electricity that is coming from your wall for your country. The Plugs and Sockets article will tell you the formal name for the type of plug your wall expects. So, what happens if your console has differing voltage?

What you need is a power converter. There are many names for these things, but generally they take in power of one kind and convert it into a different kind, which is what you need.
Input into the converter, as in what power your converter wants from the wall, must be of the kind given from your wall. Though I imagine most of these would accept voltages and frequencies of any major kind since they're made to be international, it's always good to make sure.
Output from the converter, as in the part that you plug your console into, must be of the same type as your console expects (see the ratings above). This is obvious if you think about it: if your console expects a signal from 100-120V, then your converter has to give it a signal anywhere from 100-120V.
Watch your wattage. If your console draws more power than your converter can handle, you can expect a dead converter, and from that point on, all bets are off.
Keep in mind the plugs. Since this is what you plug into the wall, make sure you can plug the converter into the type of socket in your wall, and make sure you can plug your console into the converter.
If your console comes with a power transformer, you may be able to substitute a transformer for your local region's version of the console rather than your imported version. Be sure to check the ratings - the input to the transformer should be the type your wall provides, and the output of the transformer should be the type that your imported console expects. If you compare both transformers, the output on each should be the same (only input is listed above).

A text schematic of the process would look like this. (<- indicates what's on the right plugs into what's on the left).
Wall <- Power Converter <- Console-Bundled Transformer (if present) <- Console

And to illustrate the power being given, if you were using a Japanese XBox 360 in Thailand...
(Wall) -> 220V @ 50Hz -> (Power Converter) -> 100V @ 50 Hz -> (Console-Bundled Transformer) -> XBox 360

Technically, any transformer bundled with a console further transforms voltage to what the console itself likes, but for the most part, this is a transparent step. Once you convert voltage to the kind the console transformer likes, plug your console into the transformer and it will handle the rest.

If your voltage and frequency are the same for your region, all you may need is a plug adapter, which just changes the physical connection without changing the electricity. These are cheap.

If voltage, frequency, and plug type all match up for your region, well, you don't have to do anything.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on January 29, 2011, 08:54:07 pm
Notes

You can do a search online for conventions around your area. Dealers gather there, and you can get stuff, though be forewarned prices can be steep.

Taking stuff back with you from Japan: The international weight limit for taking stuff out of Japan to most countries is 23 Kg (about 50.5 lbs.). Fees apply for overweight baggage, and they're more ridiculous if you check (not carry) more than two bags. Make sure your luggage abides by international size and weight standards. Be forewarned you must also transport your bags to the airport: usually by walking. Carrying your weight in stuff through train stations and streets will slow you down, and may be a grueling matter. Try as much as you can to not to get in other peoples' way.
For carry-on bags, most lines care about the size of your baggage (there are international standards for this, and an easy size checker at airports), but they do not care how heavy your bags are to a reasonable limit. If it's obvious you're laboring under the weight of your bags, or if somehow you have an oversized bag with you at the gate, they may pull you aside and ask you to make arrangements with it.
Remember that for everything you buy in Japan, you must somehow transport it back with you. If you find your bags too full, you may have no option but to ship stuff back or buy another suitcase, both which will cost quite a bit.
Also, for American citizens, you are legally bound to declare all items bought abroad and their value. If you bring back more than $800, customs has the proper authority to charge you a duty. Most of the time, however, they don't care unless it's obvious you're taking things back to sell them. One of my friends declared $2000 of merchandise, but didn't get charged. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the particular customs officer inspecting you, and some may be more lenient than others. They may also request to inspect your baggage, in which case any receipts you have kept may be discovered.
There are also certain items that will be confiscated on your return if declared or found... but generally, if anything you bring back isn't CERO Z, you're good. For the amount of space on the declaration forms you have, though, many items can be grouped as one (all the manga and magazines you collect could be declared as books, for example).

Shipping methods: There have been reports that in certain countries, EMS packages tend to get inspected by customs, the contents revealed, and a duty charged (which is based on the value of the item plus some processing fee). EMS in general is equally as fast as SAL, though I think it comes with insurance whereas SAL does not. However, SAL is cheaper. Maybe customs tend to think EMS packages, with their insurance, are used by people who don't want to risk losing an expensive purchase.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on January 29, 2011, 09:03:12 pm
Finally, a request on my side.

There was a shopping arcade near Sannomiya in Kobe, but I can't remember anything about it other than what it looks like. There were a few anime-related stores there, I'd appreciate details if anyone has them.

Also, in Fukuoka, I thought there was a place next to Hakata Station (maybe Tenjin Station) that had at least a Cospa, but I think maybe more. Again, if anyone knows of this place, do tell.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Elixir on January 30, 2011, 03:54:39 am
Mandarake ship internationally, almost entirely doujinshi though.

http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Sanger _somvold on January 30, 2011, 02:14:16 pm
www.cdjapan.com

It's not true. Cdjapan.co.jp it's true.

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I recommend The Japanese Bookstore Website that can do international shipping.
www.bk1.jp
www.hmv.co.jp - EMS only
www.hlj.com
www.hobbymoe.com
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on January 30, 2011, 04:02:56 pm
Thanks guys. I'll assume you guys've used them. And sorry for the mislink, that was off the top of my head. ^^;

Anyone else have any experiences with shopping for stuff, please tell!
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Raestloz on January 30, 2011, 04:37:04 pm
I imported both Master Special Winter and Spring from cdjapan. Pretty reliable, and much more reliable from playasia at that: they deliver the goods right to my doorstep.

That's saying something, because I live in a dorm: they actually knocked my room's door, while playasia's system requires me to go fetch the item at the post office myself (I imported Best of 765 + 876 = !! and Okami Greatest Hits edition from it, and they f*cked my Best of 765: the case cracked while inside the box)

Although that might be because playasia offers free shipping within Indonesia (and the bastards at the post office could be simply too lazy to work right). Free things cost more I guess

Both of them ship items pretty quickly: ETA 2 weeks after purchase, ranging from 9 days to 13 days. And yes, playasia's item ship at the same speed as cdjapan's. Remember, this is for Indonesia region
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: BT2 on January 30, 2011, 06:27:58 pm
Electricity part:

If you want to use a step up/ down converter, get one that handles at least 300 watt or get a power brick for the same model as the one you have. A used power brick shouldn't be too expensive seeing as how many people sell of their useless stuff as spare parts after a RROD.


Taking stuff back:
Don't bring loli ero doujinshi's with you :|


Shipping:
EMS is fast, but from my experience it tends to get intercepted by customs a lot(95% of the time in my case) and you're pretty much guaranteed to pay for bureaucratical nonsense (20% of the value +20 in my country).
SAL takes almost the same time as an EMS parcel that got intercepted and it's cheaper and I've never had to pay for customs nonsense.
Remember: consumers choose EMS because they think it's fast, customs think you chose EMS because they think the thing you're getting is expensive.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Sev on January 31, 2011, 06:57:35 am
Domestic Chapter
I believe Picup was the one who first told me about this place called Kinokuniya.

 Its a bookstore that sells tons of Japanese books from manga to light novels and other Japanese literature in English and Japanese. There are two where I live in Bay Area one in San Francisco and the other in San Jose. For other locations check it out here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_Kinokuniya).

They may have an online service but I haven't tried it yet.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Raestloz on February 01, 2011, 05:06:38 pm
Domestic Chapter
I believe Picup was the one who first told me about this place called Kinokuniya.

 Its a bookstore that sells tons of Japanese books from manga to light novels and other Japanese literature in English and Japanese. There are two where I live in Bay Area one in San Francisco and the other in San Jose. For other locations check it out here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_Kinokuniya).

They may have an online service but I haven't tried it yet.

Well, they also "improved" the price quite a bit, but I guess that's imported stuff for you
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on February 18, 2011, 02:58:31 am
Alright, I finally got the part I dreaded writing (the electricity part) up. I think this makes it the fourth time I've posted the information up, and hopefully we can just redirect further inquiries to that post. With Im@s 2 a week away, we might expect this to happen soon.

All information up to this post has been incorporated into the first four. Guide is now up to date. As always, any more opinions are appreciated, especially if you have ratings for consoles not listed.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Scotty on February 18, 2011, 03:01:38 am
*clap clap clap clap clap*
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Amakase on February 18, 2011, 04:24:13 pm
Mail Forwarding Services
Japan to Door: Have had poor experience. They quickly got back to me about some problems I had signing up, but once I tried to get in contact with them about something I had shipped to them to forward to me, they have not been available at all. So thus far, the one thing I have sent to them has not been shipped to me, nor have they replied to any of my messages asking about it's status.
UPDATE: They finally found my package, apparently I didn't follow their instructions quite right, so it took them a while to find my package. On the other hand, it turns out they do charge a handling fee, as well as Japan Domestic Tax, so to ship the exact same item, I'd have to pay them almost twice as much as Jshoppers. It'd be less expensive to just have Amazon ship directly than to use Japan to Door. So Japan to Door does work, but they're really expensive, and their pay system sucks. I recommend to use only as a last resort.

Jshoppers: Very good experience so far. I've only sent one thing to them so far, but they are as advertised, forwarding my stuff quickly, and actually providing the discount on EMS.

Electronics
Japanese PS3 (official information from Japanese manuals)
Voltage: 100V
Frequency: 50/60Hz
Power Draw: ~230 or ~250W for the slim and ~280W for all others but the very first model PS3, which uses ~380W.

What I have read online however is that if you open up the case for the PS3 (both the regular and the slim), you can see that the internal transformer can take voltages between 100-240V at 50/60Hz. I found photos for that at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scribbl/sets/72157594379931058/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scribbl/sets/72157594379931058/) and http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/PlayStation-3-Slim/1121/2 (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/PlayStation-3-Slim/1121/2). However, the only officially supported voltage for the Japanese PS3 is 100V, so use a different voltage without a step-down transformer AT YOUR OWN RISK. That said, I have not had any problems with using a Japanese slim PS3 without using a step-down transformer in the United States, which uses 120V at 60Hz power.

Xbox 360 (official information from Japanese manuals)
Voltage: 100V
Power Draw: 254W maximum for original 360

There's a lot less information in the manuals here about this, but basically, the rule here is to look at the power brick that comes with your Xbox 360. It seems pretty consistent to find the Japanese AC adapters with the range of 100-127V at 47-63Hz. It is also possible to use a your region's AC adapter for the Xbox 360, but you have to keep in mind the wattage your system needs. Based on a Microsoft Support article at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907635/ja (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907635/ja), the power adapters that come with the original 360 came in 3 varieties, 203W, 175W, and 150W, while the Xbox 360 S comes with a 135W adapter. The connectors are designed to prevent plugging in an adapter that will not provide enough power to the 360. This means that if your 360 was designed for the 175W adapter, you can use the 203W adapter without a problem, but the 150W adapter will not plug into your console.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: animagic4u on March 15, 2011, 01:46:28 am
I have a question:
there is an item I found on Amazon.jp (I'm browsing in English though) that I want to buy however it is in stock by an independent seller linked through Amazon.
Do you think I have to use a proxy, or will it probably ship internationally?
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on March 15, 2011, 02:17:31 am
You could try, but I doubt independent sellers ship internationally. If that's the case, the site won't let you checkout until you remove the item from your cart.

I have seen some independent sellers explicitly mention that they will, though, but I'm not sure if you have to do anything extra to tell them.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on May 10, 2011, 07:33:45 am
Thought I'd give a slight update.

A later conversation with Amakase had us both concluding that the power draw listed in the hardware manuals was the actual rating of the transformer, which is the maximum it can draw. The actual console may draw less, and thus may typically draw less.

Also, San Plaza in Sannomiya (Kobe) has been added - I was informed of the old shopping arcade with an Animate in it.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: DJStarstryker on August 03, 2011, 08:45:56 am
For the first post, I want to point out that not all Book-offs sell Japanese stuff. In Hawaii, there's 2 Book-offs. Only the one in the Japanese Shirokiya department store in the Ala Moana Mall actually stocks Japanese stuff. (If you ever get to Hawaii, I recommend Shirokiya *anyway*, for the really good Japanese food sold there.) The one in Pearlridge Mall only has US domestic stuff.

For all of the SoCal Book-offs, you can pretty much use this rule of thumb: is the Book-off in an indoor mall or is it standalone in a "strip mall", "shopping center", or whichever is your terminology of choice for that? If it's in an indoor mall, it only sells US domestic stuff. If it's in a shopping center, it has Japanese stuff.

Also, as something else of reference...  don't underestimate Akihabara, thinking that it only sells electronics. That's far from the case. Akihabara has lots of great used shops that sell all sorts of things from video games, figures, CDs, manga, and more. These stores are typically multiple floors and can take a while to look through just one of them. If you go to Japan and want to look for deals and are in the Tokyo area, I seriously recommend an entire day for Akihabara alone. If you only give it a few hours, you won't see much and will miss all of the good stuff. An upside too is that many stores in Akihabara will actually take credit cards too!  :)

Nakano Broadway has lots of good stuff too. Their deals aren't as good as other places in Japan (in fact, you will pay a premium on some things), but they do have more rare of stuff that is harder to find elsewhere. I will also warn that it's very easy to miss it despite it being so large. Make sure you get yourself a map or something from the internet to help you look for it.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on March 24, 2012, 11:47:54 pm
Got some stuff from White Canvas, looks like they're good for international orders, but the process is a little different than normal.

You first have to e-mail them with the item number (according to their catalog), or a link to the item in their online shop, along with your mailing address. They should reply back... first saying to wait a few days, and later
with a PayPay invoice (that is due a two days after they issue it). I also mentioned that I wanted to use EMS, not sure if they'll automatically use that if you don't specify. When you e-mail them anything though, even a question, they'll usually give you a small response the same day saying to wait a while for them to actually answer your question/get to your order. They probably only have one guy there who can understand English to any extent, and while he might not be fluent, you'll understand him and he'll understand you.

However, I will say that in both of my dealings with them, there's usually been a minor slip-up somewhere. They'll still get your stuff to you just fine (in both cases for me, at least), but the first time they sent me the wrong tracking number. The second (most recent), I sent my order to them, and after not hearing back from them for a while, I e-mailed them back asking what happened. They were on it immediately after that (and it was actually mailed that day), but I think they might be a little disorganized there. Your stuff will still get to you, though.

Also to note, in both my dealings with them, they've usually thrown in something extra. This time I got a few postcards, two Touhou ones and two Higanbana ones. Last time... before they had Paypal, they actually packed in a whole bunch of goodies (I think I got a bunch of Touhou cards and more than one doujin music CD)... but this was probably because since I mailed them a money order, I overpayed worrying about fluctuating exchange rates. Don't think they'll do that anymore, but eh. Since this is Paypal, though, the exchange rate tends to be close to real exchange rates (I think they converted 82 yen to the dollar at the time when the actual rate was just shy of 83), if I'm remembering my invoice correctly, but then the service fee for using Paypal (4%) is passed on to you. Guess it comes out even.

Here's their information page, read the bottom for international shipping procedures and their overseas order e-mail.
http://www.w-canvas.com/user_data/information.php

As always, your experience may differ from mine.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost on May 12, 2012, 03:27:02 am
Just wanted to share my experience with JShoppers, since I had heard good things here but not-so-great things at some other places around the net.

They certainly hold up their end of the bargain on price. There's no base fee and you get your 5% discount on EMS.

And they're very quick. When they got the package, they sent out an email the next day. I paid same day and the next day they had accepted the payment and shipped the item. They told me it would be 2-4 days and I had it on the second day.

The item was shipped in the original packaging (resealed, since they have to verify they're not shipping something they shouldn't be) and the item was still in excellent condition.

The only snag was between the item leaving the original seller and getting to them: http://i.imgur.com/n7R3L.jpg
As you can see, there were quite a few failed delivery attempts.

Anyway, overall very satisfied. Saved a huge amount of money by buying cheap and using an incredibly cheap and highly efficient forwarding service, and they'll certainly see my business again should the need arise.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro on May 12, 2012, 06:58:59 am
This might seem like an obvious question, but this is my first time ordering internationally (Always avoided it) and I'd like some help with some... hopefully simple questions.

When ordering from a Japanese site like amazon.jp, is there any way to set it to English?
In the same case, would I need a proxy?

If I pay with a credit card, must it be a Japanese credit card?
Could I use paypal instead?

Is it worth it, with shipping costs and all, just to buy some IM@S swag?
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: animagic4u on May 12, 2012, 07:01:13 am
My first instinct is to always go to Japanese dealers that are already English and use paypal and will ship international.
Vendors like Mandarake, AmiAmi, and Hobby Search. ^^

I wish you well in your hunting.
Check out the iDOLM@STER anime merchandise thread I started for some merchandise links. ;) You can find it under "Derived products, CD albums & anime"
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on May 12, 2012, 07:46:35 am
This might seem like an obvious question, but this is my first time ordering internationally (Always avoided it) and I'd like some help with some... hopefully simple questions.

When ordering from a Japanese site like amazon.jp, is there any way to set it to English?
In the same case, would I need a proxy?

If I pay with a credit card, must it be a Japanese credit card?
Could I use paypal instead?

Is it worth it, with shipping costs and all, just to buy some IM@S swag?

amazon.co.jp's English capabilities are sorely lacking, if I remember correctly. It really depends on the site, if there's an English page, but many times it's not nearly as good or informative as the Japanese page. If you're really lost, take animagic's suggestion.

Many places will accept foreign credit cards, but your credit card company may charge you a fee for a foreign currency transaction (usually a percentage). Paypal... is only available if that particular seller accepts it, and you may be charged a Paypal fee (around 4% in my case) for the transaction. Unless the vendor states in no uncertain terms that they will ship overseas, I'd assume that all shipping is domestic, and you would need a forwarding service.

As for is it worth it? OFF COURSE THIS'S THE WAY LOLIAMDARAVON

Seriously though, it gets more worth it the more you buy in terms of price, and starts to inflate back out the more the stuff weighs. For example, buying one CD or something might cost you $20 in shipping, but buying five CDs, two T-shirts, a limited edition box, and a figure might get you... say $50 in shipping. When using a deputy service, they can charge some fee per item on top of shipping as well. It's really up to you in the end how much it's worth it, but it's usually better to buy a lot of things at once to cut down on shipping costs.

Heavy items, though... they cost to ship. Manga, I would recommend getting within your own country if possible since paper is heavy. I'm pretty sure that in the States, buying from Kinokuniya is, at worst, about as expensive as buying from Japan and getting it shipped.

Just wanted to share my experience with JShoppers, since I had heard good things here but not-so-great things at some other places around the net.

Not so great things? Should I ask?
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost on May 12, 2012, 07:04:22 pm
This might seem like an obvious question, but this is my first time ordering internationally (Always avoided it) and I'd like some help with some... hopefully simple questions.

When ordering from a Japanese site like amazon.jp, is there any way to set it to English?
In the same case, would I need a proxy?

If I pay with a credit card, must it be a Japanese credit card?
Could I use paypal instead?

Is it worth it, with shipping costs and all, just to buy some IM@S swag?

A lot of these were already answered, but I'll answer again anyway.
- Some sites can be set to English. On Amazon.co.jp, look for a link around the top right of the page that says something about viewing in English. It mostly just sets the standard Amazon browsing buttons and links to English (though still not all of them). Items and descriptions are pretty much always in Japanese.
- If you order from anyone that doesn't ship internationally (and that can even vary within the site by what you're buying, since Amazon will ship books internationally but not software/games), you will need a proxy. It's generally easier to just hit up an import site. Play-Asia and AmiAmi are my favorites for games, personally. Play-Asia in particular has very cheap shipping. Unfortunately, they don't really go down on price much.
- Most sites will accept any card. I don't think I've ever had a conversion fee on a purchase from a Visa, either, though that may just be my particular card. Paypal is usable on a lot of them, but not all of them.
- Whether it's worth it or not depends entirely on you. Japanese games are expensive. Figures are expensive. Books... are generally not expensive, but as mentioned, shipping can be. Shipping can be really expensive no matter what. Some places have cheap shipping (Play-Asia, YesAsia, etc.) and some places force more expensive options on you (AmiAmi, certain forwarding services). It depends on what you're buying, how much you're spending, and whether or not you're comfortable with it. Personally, I've always found importing games to be worth it. I've bought thirteen import games over the years and I don't regret a single one of them. Just knowing that there's not really another option makes it a much easier pill to swallow.

As for is it worth it? OFF COURSE THIS'S THE WAY LOLIAMDARAVON

Lol'd here. Thank you for that.

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I'm pretty sure that in the States, buying from Kinokuniya is, at worst, about as expensive as buying from Japan and getting it shipped.

As long as it's shipping from their stateside stores, it's cheap. They use UPS and shipping runs like $6-8 depending on how much you're buying. One book for me one time was $6, four or five books two other times was $8. Never ordered more than that at once from them.

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Not so great things? Should I ask?

It was mostly just some stuff I had read here (http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php/129784-jshoppers-com-forwarding-experiences). Mainly about how people weren't sure they could be trusted and about how they had randomly taken the forwarding service offline for a short time. Stupid stuff, in retrospect.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: TaKai on May 13, 2012, 02:45:54 pm
I've visited and bought from both Book-Offs and Image Anime in New York City, NY. Here are my comments/notes.

Book-Offs (49 W 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue; right next to a Starbucks too)

Image Anime (242 W 30th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue)
Those are my opinions on these two locations in New York City.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro on September 09, 2012, 10:05:46 am
Alright, so I've finally comitted to pre-ordering Star Festa. Problem is, I want to ship once and only once, and that's putting a lot of pressure on me to decide on what other iM@S merch I wanna buy! Aside from the endless and endlessly stupid questions I'll dump, can we also discuss what's a good thing to buy? Or would it be better to make a new thread for that? I just need some second opinions on how much is enough and what I really want.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on September 09, 2012, 11:20:19 am
Well, I intended to use this thread just for the problems associated with the act of buying internationally (i.e. where can I find X store and can I trust them, or how can I get Y device from Japan to here and still be able to use it?) as opposed to discussing shopping lists and stuff. At the very least, I use this thread for reference from time to time, and I know posts about discussing stuff people want will add some clutter I'll have to sift through. If it's just something like figuring out what to put on your to-buy list (i.e. "What do people think of this figure, is it worth it?), personal vote from my end is for a new thread for that.

If you end up doing that in a separate thread, and there's something to be learned there, I'll probably slap it in one of the top posts here when I get around to it as well. ^^
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro on September 12, 2012, 11:22:27 pm
I got sidetracked. Low on funds. No iM@S merch for me. Yet.

http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/cs/list/idolmaster/festa/spec/shop.php
But I'm still on track to get the game. Thing is, seeing as I have no favorite ordering site or anything like that, I'm completely unalligned! It all depends on these pre-order bonuses. Don't suppose anyone here would be willing to translate some of these before I end up getting a free iM@S bikini with my order?
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: animagic4u on September 12, 2012, 11:52:39 pm
I got sidetracked. Low on funds. No iM@S merch for me. Yet.

http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/cs/list/idolmaster/festa/spec/shop.php
But I'm still on track to get the game. Thing is, seeing as I have no favorite ordering site or anything like that, I'm completely unalligned! It all depends on these pre-order bonuses. Don't suppose anyone here would be willing to translate some of these before I end up getting a free iM@S bikini with my order?

I can translate them if I have a few down minutes. And if someone was actually giving away a bikini I would love that.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro 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~
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro 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.)
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: starfighter9 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: JNiles 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. 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) (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AA%E3%83%8E%E3%82%B9-%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AA%E3%82%A2%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB-20%E3%83%9D%E3%82%B1%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-10%E5%86%8A%E3%82%BB%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-CR-2001/dp/B004VKDY6C/ref=sr_1_7?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1349233552&sr=1-7) - Clear files for paper, because loan words are weird.

EDIT: Oh hey, post 1000.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro 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) (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AA%E3%83%8E%E3%82%B9-%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AA%E3%82%A2%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB-20%E3%83%9D%E3%82%B1%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-10%E5%86%8A%E3%82%BB%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-CR-2001/dp/B004VKDY6C/ref=sr_1_7?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1349233552&sr=1-7) - 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)
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Naryoril 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
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Bro 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
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost 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
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. 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
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Virgofall on May 01, 2014, 07:42:58 pm
Anyone familiar with Nin-Nin Game (http://www.nin-nin-game.com/), 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost 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.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Daverost on September 01, 2014, 11:15:31 pm
Anyone have an experience with this forwarder?

https://www.2you4.jp/

Sounds like a good deal, but I haven't heard of them, so not sure how legit they are.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on September 03, 2014, 10:17:25 am
If you choose to try them out, do tell us how it goes. I haven't, though it should be obvious since I'm not giving a yes or no to them.

For some reason, I get the feeling they haven't been around for a while - it looks like they just started this year? Maybe start with some smaller items first, just to see.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: DeviantProtagonist on October 17, 2014, 02:44:45 am
Might as well ask now whilst the date's still relevant; has anyone made use of Tenso (http://www.tenso.com/en/)? It's a shipping forwarding service that allows you to get any product from Japanese online stores.

Supposedly, you send them an email with the merchandise links you want to order, and then they send you back a quote for the total cost (the item, + shipping, + their fee added in.) Once you pay their quoted fee, then they go buy the item for you, have it shipped to them, and then they forward it on to you.

Almost sounds too good to be true. Reason I'm asking is because I'm looking to buy something from Amazon.jp, but I'm more or less reluctant to get around shipping details, what with the language barrier -- I'd hate to screw something up and lose money. That being said, can Tenso be relied upon?
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Cael K. on October 26, 2015, 11:20:32 am
Updated a few things.

Got specs for some more recent systems (despite the fact I don't own some of them yet), and another online retailer. Anyone looking for doujin music, I had Diverse Direct send stuff to a friend in Japan, but from their website, they ship internationally too.

And then I remembered that one of my friends had some trouble getting Melon Books to send stuff to a forwarding service. Sorry I can't really comment on other forwarding services, I've only used that one.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Nakiame on October 26, 2015, 12:25:25 pm
Might as well ask now whilst the date's still relevant; has anyone made use of Tenso (http://www.tenso.com/en/)? It's a shipping forwarding service that allows you to get any product from Japanese online stores.

Supposedly, you send them an email with the merchandise links you want to order, and then they send you back a quote for the total cost (the item, + shipping, + their fee added in.) Once you pay their quoted fee, then they go buy the item for you, have it shipped to them, and then they forward it on to you.

Almost sounds too good to be true. Reason I'm asking is because I'm looking to buy something from Amazon.jp, but I'm more or less reluctant to get around shipping details, what with the language barrier -- I'd hate to screw something up and lose money. That being said, can Tenso be relied upon?

Not sure if you are still interested.
I have an experience with http://buyee.jp wich is roughly the same as tenso.com. I bought some pillows from yahoo.jp with their help.
This is how it works:
You just use their site to buy something from the desired site (rakuten, yahoo jp, etc). They get your money and buy the item for you ~next day.
When they get the package delivered they bill you for shipping and their services. You pay it and wait for your package to arrive.

Well, actually using buyee was so easy, that i don't remember any details lol. Not sure how tenso works but i'm pretty sure they are reliable too.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Saturos on October 26, 2015, 01:24:37 pm
Might as well ask now whilst the date's still relevant; has anyone made use of Tenso (http://www.tenso.com/en/)? It's a shipping forwarding service that allows you to get any product from Japanese online stores.

Supposedly, you send them an email with the merchandise links you want to order, and then they send you back a quote for the total cost (the item, + shipping, + their fee added in.) Once you pay their quoted fee, then they go buy the item for you, have it shipped to them, and then they forward it on to you.

Almost sounds too good to be true. Reason I'm asking is because I'm looking to buy something from Amazon.jp, but I'm more or less reluctant to get around shipping details, what with the language barrier -- I'd hate to screw something up and lose money. That being said, can Tenso be relied upon?

The thing with Tenso is that you register for an address and a customer identification code exclusive to you. When you buy something from a Japanese store, most likely online, you use the address details that you were given from Tenso to fill out the shipping information when you check out. Tenso will then receive the goods, inform you about it, and then you pay the shipping fees that they charge you for.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: mariokirby on May 19, 2016, 08:40:26 pm
Bad News.  Tenso shipping costs have increased with EMS and Surface Mail.

http://www.tenso.com/en/other/information.html

If I'm understanding it correctly, for EMS, shipping to North America has an additional 500 yen charge.  For Europe, it's an additional 400 yen charge.  For Asia, it's an additional 300 yen.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Naryoril on May 19, 2016, 09:38:38 pm
As far as i understood isn't that Tenso has increased the shipping cost, but Japan Post has, and of course tenso charges the customer for that increase, as almost all other shops will as well, but without announcing it the way tenso did.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: mariokirby on May 19, 2016, 09:47:36 pm
Oh, I see. That makes sense.  Thanks, for the clarification Naryoril.
Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
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Title: Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
Post by: Kimiko on October 19, 2019, 03:18:37 pm
In Japanese anime, body proportions are often distorted. So girls are drawn tall, with a thin waist and long legs, and male shapes are distinguished by too broad shoulders. And there is no limit to clothing. It can be of any type. I like many anime genres https://hentaisea.com But I prefer a series for adults. Do you watch such anime? Where do you watch new episodes?

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