1 Sep 2016 04:51
whats the consensus on Proxy for Rakuten buys? having trouble with Tenso (need to ship to my work address, but they require proof of residential address)
any recommendations? (will be shipping to Australia if thats relevant)
1 Sep 2016 06:34
amazing - thanks. any experience with shipping options (insured vs uninsured). obviously prefer insured but does it make a significant difference to the cost?
posted 1 Sep 2016 06:44, edited 1 Sep 2016 06:44
I use EMS all the time and get them to declare a very low value, usually less than 1,000 yen which means I'm not insured for anything. I've had no problems to date.
Then again Australia has a very high import limit, so no reason to declare a low value and not to have things insured.
1 Sep 2016 09:41
Australia, fuck yeah!
But wait, Buyee/tenso are the ones where you can change your shipping address to different from your paypal right? I had a lot of trouble with fromjapan when my paypal address when I ordered was set to an old address and I wanted to change it. In fact the whole fromjapan experience is a nightmare imo from the website to everything..
1 Sep 2016 14:16
Had several good experiences with Zenmarket, no commission fee (though I suspect they get it in the postage, which can seem slightly high but not unreasonably so)
posted 1 Sep 2016 16:35, edited 1 Sep 2016 16:35
No 5% system usage fee with Fromjapan if you do a bank transfer.
Been a member with them for years and never had a single issue. Never had an issue with their website either, in fact they've recently made it a lot slicker.
If you spend over a certain amount over a period of time you get 3%, 5% or 10% off shipping. Plus you get points to redeem against future purchases.
3 Oct 2016 15:02
What's the best way to buy from Yahoo Japan if the item is auction and doesn't have a buy-it-now?
posted 20 Oct 2016 22:57, edited 20 Oct 2016 22:57
Look, there's GOT TO BE a proxy that deals with mercari.jp!?
Please, please I'm desperate. ALL the best Masterpiece is on there : (
EDIT: Anyone used Japonica? They seem to deal with Mercari but not sure if dodgy.
posted 22 Oct 2016 03:38, edited 22 Oct 2016 03:38
Thanks for nothing fuk,
but yo, I'm trying out Japonica Market, bare bones, email text only, no sign up. I like it. They said they bought my shit off mercari. fingers crossed? Will advise outcome here coz mercari is a goldmine but no one else on here seems to give a shit. All the other proxies block it too. thought someone would care since y!jp and shit is so popular?
22 Oct 2016 15:03
Might be becaise the Mercari app isn't officially available in the UK.
Is there a way to get round this with an .apk file or something?
22 Oct 2016 19:56
That commission % ruins it, compared to other options though, prefer Zenmarket's flat 300 yen fee. Owlix - have sent an email to customer service about it because I was wondering the same (have ordered a few things with them before but never bothered to change it). I'll update here with what they say
posted 22 Oct 2016 21:08, edited 22 Oct 2016 21:08
Fromjapan's commission fee is 200 yen per order. There is a 5% system usage fee if you pay your deposit via PayPal or credit card. As mentioned previously, if you do an international bank transfer there is no system usage fee.
I can see with Zenmarket there is a system usage fee or as they call it a payment gateway fee of 3.35% if you pay via PayPal or credit card and 300 yen commission fee per order.
There's 1.65% and 100 yen difference in it. If Zenmarket doesn't mark down for you, Fromjapan will, as they will declare whatever value you want them to declare. Fromjapan also has the bonus of 3%, 5% and 10% off shipping when you spend certain amounts with them, plus points (cash) that you can collect and redeem against future purchases.
If you order from Rakuten, Fromjapan often do 5% and even 10% off Rakuten orders. This means whatever you order from Rakuten has 5%/10% off, which in both instances negates the 5% system usage fee.
I know I keep banging the Fromjapan drum, but when you weigh up all the pros and cons for all the Japanese proxies out there, Fromjapan in my opinion comes top.
You have to remember there are some proxies out there who charge you 10-15% commission fee of your whole order including shipping, and on top of that you have to cover PayPal fees when paying them that come to 5% anyway…
22 Oct 2016 23:14
Thanks for going into it, might try them out and see how the experience compares.
Here is the Zenmarket marking down policy, for comparison's sake:
Thank you for the inquiry.
Yes, we can provide service of lowering declaration value. You can do so by yourself when creating a Parcel from My Account - Packages.
However please note, that there are several important conditions when doing this.
1. There is an obligatory ZenMarket insurance fee which you have to pay when lowering the declaration value. This fee is needed to protect our customers in case of theft or disappearance of the parcel.
The obligatory insurance fee consists of a certain percentage of difference between real and lowered value of the package. This percentage is calculated automatically using a complicated formula, which includes factors such as country of destination, reliability of the postal service used, etc. Usually this percentage is about 1-3% of the difference between the real and the lowered value.
2. If customs asks for the documents, we won't be able to help you, and we will not take any responsibility for problems that might occur with the Customs.
3. If the package is lost, ZenMarket obligatory insurance fee will help you receive full refund for the real value.
However, in case of damage parcel, the refund will be given only for declared value.
4. For parcels that are worth more than 200000 yen, insurance fee is calculated differently, and is worth as much as 9% of the real value. If you wish to purchase goods worth more than 200000 yen, please inquire customer support, and we will make detailed explanation for it.