I have never tried buying from yahoo japan auctions and was wondering how difficult it was...also how much would a 3rd party cost to buy sometying like this? What would a normal final cost for everything be?
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 04:12 PM
Posted 13 May 2015 - 05:27 PM
I see an option to buy this as an overseas customer through something called "Buyee"...would this be considered the 3rd party buyer that you are refering to, or do you guys have contacts in Japan that act as your 3rd party proxy? I'm assuming this Buyee service is probably expensive, otherwise why would it exist, but it seems like an easier option to use for shopping here.
Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:09 PM
I have used tenso in the past and they have been relatively cheap. I think I paid the cost of the item, shipping to tenso, a usage fee based on weight (which was cheap), and the international shipping. You may want to check them out or at least compare the prices. It was the cheapest that I have been able to find... but Eric is right, most will hit you with a service fee, a percentage of the cost of the item, and both shipping costs. At least with tenso I got around 1 of the fees.
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:12 PM
I've been shopping around for a good 3rd party site myself too. Buyee is what I was leaning towards as it feels like the most legit and professional service out there, but their fees seem high.
Hoping someone can post some alternatives that have been personally vetted.
Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:18 PM
alot of the figures i want are cheap, but using a 3rd party will make it not worth it...unless maybe i find a lot with multiple figures i need
Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:22 PM
Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:39 AM
Every service has different fees. But on average is around a 30% on the winning bid, plus a bank fee, then shipping to the bidder, then shipping to you. Some sites have a shipping fee too.
So 400 (winning bid) + 120 (30%) + 300 (bank fee) + 500 (shipping to bidder) + 1300 (Shipping to you) = 2620
This is a generic layout, it could be more, but probably not any less.
Still cheaper than the way above haha...
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Posted 14 May 2015 - 01:26 PM
Buyee is one of the more expensive ones. I wouldn't use them....They all have their own fee system.
I've actually avoided bidding using Rinkya for the same reason as their commission tables are higher and they have a flat base fee as well. The thing that sucks about Buyee is the consolidation fee they charge if you want to ship more than one auction item together. Otherwise I haven't found that they are any more expensive than the others, and they're very reliable and straightforward. For the record, these are the guys who refunded a $1.5k purchase at their expense because Japan Post was taking months to send me a refund for a lost package.
What I have found is that some services end up being cheaper for auctions below a certain price threshold, and as mentioned it matters how many auctions you're after at a time. I agree that they're all legitimate though, so the best bet is just to go look at the fee tables and determine which is best for the particular auction you're looking at
I recently used the Japonica Market service and the commission was lower than Buyee (who I generally use), but they required a deposit beforehand for the bid and did everything through email so the turn-around was slower than the other sites. They would also only ship EMS and wouldn't do SAL. Win some, lose some.
The main take-away from this though should be that using these services is not difficult or complicated. They're intentionally user friendly and internationalized web services. If someone tries telling you otherwise they're lying to you and probably have ulterior motives.
Edited by bachamn, 14 May 2015 - 01:30 PM.
Posted 14 May 2015 - 02:25 PM
Posted 15 May 2015 - 05:52 AM
SAL is unreliable and takes very long. EMS is trackable and takes only 4-6 days to get to you.
Are you sure about this? I had Buyee send my last shipment via SAL and I got it in about 8 days and it included functional tracking.
Just to clarify that we're talking about the same service: https://www.post.jap...tch/sal_en.html
It's the only time I've used SAL instead of EMS so maybe I got lucky, but I didn't notice that much of a difference.
Edited by bachamn, 15 May 2015 - 05:52 AM.
Posted 15 May 2015 - 06:24 AM
Always ship EMS, SAL is unreliable and takes very long. EMS is trackable and takes only 4-6 days to get to you.
It's more expensive for sure, but always worth it. I've never lost or had problems with EMS. I've lost 2 packages shipped SAL, and received 1 package I can only assume was stepped on.
Because of the big footprint on the box lol...??
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Posted 15 May 2015 - 04:46 PM
Because of the big footprint on the box lol...??
Now remember PF the box came from Japan...so it would have been a small footprint on the box. Wakka wakka. Que snare drum, exit stage left. I'll be here all week!
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