Poll: Favorite Shopping Service?
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Noppin
4.76%
1 4.76%
Buyee
28.57%
6 28.57%
From Japan
28.57%
6 28.57%
ZenMarket
0%
0 0%
CDJapan
9.52%
2 9.52%
Other (specify)
28.57%
6 28.57%
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[Poll] Favorite Shopping Service?
#61
(11-16-2018, 08:24 AM)Dudemanguy Wrote: I'm going to use From Japan for the first time to buy Aresz's new album off of their webshop. I considered using them for a yahoo auction run as well, but their 300 flat fee per order is way too much (Buyee's is 5%). Oh well, I need to buy stuff from those obscure webshops somehow.

From Japan is great if you buy a bunch of stuff from one seller, as you only get charged one 300 yen fee if it's all sent as one package. Likewise for orders through actual sites, if it's all from the same order and site, it's only one fee.
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#62
Yeah it's best for shopping from just one or a small amount of sites. Not very good for auctions though.
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#63
Eh, I've done pretty well using it for auctions. I also tend to go nuts and get a bunch of stuff to help offset the costs, so YMMV.
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#64
(11-16-2018, 08:54 AM)Dudemanguy Wrote: Yeah it's best for shopping from just one or a small amount of sites. Not very good for auctions though.

It depends in which country do you live.

You don't have custom fee but we have.

And at From Japan I can choose the amount they'll place on the custom decleration and all the parcels I got without custom fees so far.

Maybe it's possible at Buyee yet too but the last time I used them it wasn't.
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#65
(11-16-2018, 09:00 AM)qpr Wrote: You don't have custom fee but we have.

True I forget about that a lot. That could make a big difference.

(11-16-2018, 08:58 AM)Lost_Horizons Wrote: Eh, I've done pretty well using it for auctions. I also tend to go nuts and get a bunch of stuff to help offset the costs, so YMMV.

You sure about that? From what I understand, it would be 300 yen per order with From Japan on auctions assuming they are all from different sellers (which is usually the case). Buyee's fee is just 5% so you won't match that amount unless you order something that is 6000 yen or more (obviously generally unlikely). If you get like 10 items from different sellers at 2000 yen each, that would be only 1000 yen in ordering fees at Buyee vs 3000 at From Japan. Of course, there's some other things that factor in later like the package consolidation thing, but Buyee should be considerably cheaper in most cases.
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#66
I can see that. Like I said, I tend to order as much from as few sellers as possible. Sort of like when I buy stuff on ebay, I tend to see what other items the seller has in the hopes of combined shipping. This way the fees for the few items I get from individual sellers are offset slightly. I suspect that if we were to seriously crunch numbers, it would probably work out the same no matter which one you used. But testing it using auctions would be hard for obvious reasons. Tongue
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#67
(11-16-2018, 09:04 AM)Dudemanguy Wrote: You sure about that? From what I understand, it would be 300 yen per order with From Japan on auctions assuming they are all from different sellers (which is usually the case).

Yep, if it's from different sellers, you have to pay 300 yen each.

But if it's from the same seller, it's just 300 Yen once.

So it's better to do your math to save some money. Tongue
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#68
I've changed my vote to From Japan. I love those guys. Great service, versatile, they pack everything well, their fees aren't outrageous, etc, etc.
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#69
I still prefer to pay myself and use a mail forwarding service (also allows you to get on these stores mailing lists, use frequent buyer points, lets you order instantly for quick selling items, etc.) over a proxy. Unfortunately last year JCB stopped their service to the USA, so I no longer have a Japanese credit card resulting in relying on proxy services for sites that don't accept foreign cards.

I have since become a huge fan of White Rabbit. They are on the more expensive side, but as far as I know most proxy services have you request an invoice for what you want which results in a wait for them to contact you back. Once you get an email you can pay them, then they will order your item, which can sell out in those few days. White Rabbit is the only service that I have used that allows you to give the item product page and pay them upfront, so they can order your item as soon as they receive your request. This is most important for small band sites which tend to be the only ones that don't accept foreign cards and sell out of goods fast. I even have requested White Rabbit to get something for me that doesn't even have a product page up yet, with the "on sale" date and they logged on to the site and bought my band mug/cup which sold out within hours on the site.

Pretty sure Bridge.JPN will also do the order before the page is up as well, since I have had them buy concert tickets that don't even have an e+ page up yet. Bridge Japan is the best for stuff that has a pre-release announcement, although they might also be the most expensive, but they have literally bought stuff for me within seconds of going on sale. They do however do an invoice system, so you will need a few days heads up unlike White Rabbit.
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#70
I know you were referencing them as a shopping service rather than a ticketing service, but I've found Bridge Japan to be quite reasonable for fees in the latter respect, I used to use Ticket Japaan but they whacked their prices up for no apparent reason, so I quit using them.

Thank god most of the bands I like are unpopular enough that you can just reserve through their website...
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