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AstoriaMercury (3 months ago) #24971065Is it just me, or do proxy services have a low success rate with Otamart? I tried buying two things via FromJapan. The first time they sold out and I was given a refund. Now it looks like it'll be the same for the second item since it's now been nearly two weeks...
I've ordered seven items so far from Otamart, and 6/7 of them were able to be bought. Success rate may depend on multiple factors, such as popularity of the item, how fast your proxy is, if the seller is even still active on the site, if the listing was supposed to be taken down but wasn't, etc. Sorry about the past couple of busts; hopefully future tries will be more successful!
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hello there! I have been buying from otamart using forwarding service for months and I would like to block some racist sellers on the site! anyone knows how to block sellers on otamart?

Some of them could be really racist and I want to make sure I don't buy from them anymore

Thank you!

UPDATE: it's alright now. Thanks!
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fuwacchi (3 months ago) #25060496hello there! I have been buying from otamart using forwarding service for months and I would like to block some racist sellers on the site! anyone knows how to block sellers on otamart?

Some of them could be really racist and I want to make sure I don't buy from them anymore

Thank you!

UPDATE: it's alright now. Thanks!

I'm trying to use otamart, but I am worried they don't accept international credit card like yahoo auction. Did you use credit card for payment? Thanks
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kwanyeung20 (3 months ago) #25189658fuwacchi (3 months ago) #25060496hello there! I have been buying from otamart using forwarding service for months and I would like to block some racist sellers on the site! anyone knows how to block sellers on otamart?

Some of them could be really racist and I want to make sure I don't buy from them anymore

Thank you!

UPDATE: it's alright now. Thanks!

I'm trying to use otamart, but I am worried they don't accept international credit card like yahoo auction. Did you use credit card for payment? Thanks


I'm not fuwacchi. But I've brought from Otamart using a Japanese forwarding address. By the way, you can block a user by going to the user's profile page, look for the gears menu and then click "このユーザーをブロックする" (Block this user). The person can't contact you and their results won't show up in your searches; [ext link ]

Anyhow, Otamart does accept US Visa / Mastercard cards. It accepted my Paypal Debit Mastercard. It does not accept Paypal without using the card. For those who have forwarders who will pay convenient store payments, Otamart will accept those too.

However the bigger problems with foreigners buying on Otamart isn't the payment but communication issues. A lot of listings require you to leave a comment before buying. Sellers want you to leave a comment, so they can check out your profile. Even after buying, sellers will contact you to see if you understand aspects of the sale before shipping the item. For new or low feedback buyers, sellers will heavily scrutinize your profile information. If a Japanese seller thinks that your Japanese sounds strange ("こちらの日本語がおかしかった"), they will refuse to sell to you, cancel the transaction if you already paid, and if you get reported enough for "strange Japanese" Otamart will ban you. Some sellers will state on their profile, "Will not sale to people who can't understand Japanese properly".


What I learned buying on Otamart market is: Being a successful buyer (Japanese or foreign) on Otamart, relies on having a nicely worded Japanese profile (English or bad Japanese can cause sellers to block you), being able to use and understand basic keigo ("敬語")/ honorific Japanese, reading and follow seller's rules on their profile pages, paying quickly, having a Japanese shipping address (most sellers will refuse to ship outside Japan), and leaving feedback quickly. It also helps if you are a female. I've ran into many sellers who refuse to sell to men; even if the men are Japanese. Some sellers explicitly state on their profile, "Will not sell to men". The funny thing is 9 times out of 10, they were BL sellers.

If you are really interested in buying on Otamart without a proxy, you really have to commit to learning how to use your Japanese appropriately. Using bad Japanese can cause some nervous risk adverse sellers to cancel or block you. The good thing about Otamart is that buyer's/seller's pre-sale comments are public on the app. So you can read and study them to help you communicate better on the site. Also really take the time to create a good short profile. Again, take the time to view other members profiles to get an idea of how to do this. Generally a good profile will list the user's favorite characters/anime/games, the items they like to collect, their payment method, if they are over the age of 20 ( "社会人です",basically means you are a working adult), note how fast they pay (otamart recommends paying within 72 hours), and has a profile banner/avatar pictures.
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archyarchy (3 months ago) #25219781kwanyeung20 (3 months ago) #25189658fuwacchi (3 months ago) #25060496hello there! I have been buying from otamart using forwarding service for months and I would like to block some racist sellers on the site! anyone knows how to block sellers on otamart?

Some of them could be really racist and I want to make sure I don't buy from them anymore

Thank you!

UPDATE: it's alright now. Thanks!

I'm trying to use otamart, but I am worried they don't accept international credit card like yahoo auction. Did you use credit card for payment? Thanks


I'm not fuwacchi. But I've brought from Otamart using a Japanese forwarding address. By the way, you can block a user by going to the user's profile page, look for the gears menu and then click "このユーザーをブロックする" (Block this user). The person can't contact you and their results won't show up in your searches; [ext link ]

Anyhow, Otamart does accept US Visa / Mastercard cards. It accepted my Paypal Debit Mastercard. It does not accept Paypal without using the card. For those who have forwarders who will pay convenient store payments, Otamart will accept those too.

However the bigger problems with foreigners buying on Otamart isn't the payment but communication issues. A lot of listings require you to leave a comment before buying. Sellers want you to leave a comment, so they can check out your profile. Even after buying, sellers will contact you to see if you understand aspects of the sale before shipping the item. For new or low feedback buyers, sellers will heavily scrutinize your profile information. If a Japanese seller thinks that your Japanese sounds strange ("こちらの日本語がおかしかった"), they will refuse to sell to you, cancel the transaction if you already paid, and if you get reported enough for "strange Japanese" Otamart will ban you. Some sellers will state on their profile, "Will not sale to people who can't understand Japanese properly".


What I learned buying on Otamart market is: Being a successful buyer (Japanese or foreign) on Otamart, relies on having a nicely worded Japanese profile (English or bad Japanese can cause sellers to block you), being able to use and understand basic keigo ("敬語")/ honorific Japanese, reading and follow seller's rules on their profile pages, paying quickly, having a Japanese shipping address (most sellers will refuse to ship outside Japan), and leaving feedback quickly. It also helps if you are a female. I've ran into many sellers who refuse to sell to men; even if the men are Japanese. Some sellers explicitly state on their profile, "Will not sell to men". The funny thing is 9 times out of 10, they were BL sellers.

If you are really interested in buying on Otamart without a proxy, you really have to commit to learning how to use your Japanese appropriately. Using bad Japanese can cause some nervous risk adverse sellers to cancel or block you. The good thing about Otamart is that buyer's/seller's pre-sale comments are public on the app. So you can read and study them to help you communicate better on the site. Also really take the time to create a good short profile. Again, take the time to view other members profiles to get an idea of how to do this. Generally a good profile will list the user's favorite characters/anime/games, the items they like to collect, their payment method, if they are over the age of 20 ( "社会人です",basically means you are a working adult), note how fast they pay (otamart recommends paying within 72 hours), and has a profile banner/avatar pictures.


thanks for your detailed review here!
My Japanese is about N2 level and did an internship in Japan so I have written business japanese email before. Theoretically it "should not" be a problem, but it is still very discouraging as my Japanese is nowhere close to perfect. And actually I am just happened to be a fudanshi so your another comment on BL stuff that those fujoshi refused to sell BL stuff to man is also very discouraging. I hope that's not the majority of the sellers out there, but based on your experience I will refrain from using otamart unless I really have to. I mean come on, fujoshi is always complaining that traditional male otaku only likes moe stuff, but now they are judging men who like BL that's just ridiculous
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kwanyeung20 (3 months ago) #25226920thanks for your detailed review here!
My Japanese is about N2 level and did an internship in Japan so I have written business japanese email before. Theoretically it "should not" be a problem, but it is still very discouraging as my Japanese is nowhere close to perfect. And actually I am just happen to be a fudanshi so your another comment on BL stuff that those fujoshi refused to sell BL stuff to man is also very discouraging. I hope that's not the majority of the sellers out there, but based on your experience I will refrain from using otamart unless I really have to. I mean come on, fujoshi is always complaining that traditional male otaku only likes moe stuff, but now they are judging men who like BL that's just ridiculous

Personally I would say that it depends VERY much on the seller. I am barely N5 and my comments are always along the ''こんにちは初めまして。このアイテムを買いたいです。可能ですか?私はプロフィールを読んだ。考慮してくださいよろしくお願いします。'' aka everything but fluent. I've had people immediately create a page for me and I've had people straight out ignore me (While creating pages for other people) Also sellers that suddenly bring up requirements to buy a certain item, that aren't listed in the original sales post. Along the lines of 'I prioritize people that buy more items' on sales posts that haven't had a reply in 3 months. So it can be EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEMLY hit or miss depending on the seller.

It might be interesting to start creating a list of anti-gaijin sellers to avoid? So at least MFC users know who to avoid?
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xxnickiyxx (3 months ago) #25246731kwanyeung20 (3 months ago) #25226920thanks for your detailed review here!
My Japanese is about N2 level and did an internship in Japan so I have written business japanese email before. Theoretically it "should not" be a problem, but it is still very discouraging as my Japanese is nowhere close to perfect. And actually I am just happen to be a fudanshi so your another comment on BL stuff that those fujoshi refused to sell BL stuff to man is also very discouraging. I hope that's not the majority of the sellers out there, but based on your experience I will refrain from using otamart unless I really have to. I mean come on, fujoshi is always complaining that traditional male otaku only likes moe stuff, but now they are judging men who like BL that's just ridiculous

Personally I would say that it depends VERY much on the seller. I am barely N5 and my comments are always along the ''こんにちは初めまして。このアイテムを買いたいです。可能ですか?私はプロフィールを読んだ。考慮してくださいよろしくお願いします。'' aka everything but fluent. I've had people immediately create a page for me and I've had people straight out ignore me (While creating pages for other people) Also sellers that suddenly bring up requirements to buy a certain item, that aren't listed in the original sales post. Along the lines of 'I prioritize people that buy more items' on sales posts that haven't had a reply in 3 months. So it can be EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEMLY hit or miss depending on the seller.

It might be interesting to start creating a list of anti-gaijin sellers to avoid? So at least MFC users know who to avoid?

Haha your japanese made my day (jk!) :)
I don't know. I mean personally I understand nobody wants to deal with someone who cannot speak ANY Japanese, but ignoring or even reporting them just because of bad or non-native Japanese sounds very rude to me. But at the end of the day, they do have the freedom to choose whom to sell to, and most Japanese are subtle. The fact that they create additional requirements for you just hints that they do not want to sell it to you without being rude. Ignoring is the worst. It is still discouraging, but hey! thinking it optimistically makes you want to improve your Japanese, so nobody knows you are a gaijin :p

The list is definitely an interesting idea though.
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So I've recently got a Japanese forwarding address. For filling in the information in Otamart, do I put my English name or my name in Japanese in kanji in the first 2 boxes?
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yutasfangirl (3 months ago) #25576783So I've recently got a Japanese forwarding address. For filling in the information in Otamart, do I put my English name or my name in Japanese in kanji in the first 2 boxes?
I can't remember how I did it the first time (when I registered) but looking at my settings on the app, I have my English name. I think you can put either as long as your forwarder knows or identifies that it's you or that the package is for you.
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Hmm, so everyone with CC beside USA's one can pay through Otamart?
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Nevermind. I can see my FJ order says Pending, not ordered. :(
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So I was indecisive about buying something for a week, and the listing was there the whole time, then as soon as I place my order it disappears (not sold out, the link just can't be found). Does that mean the seller just deleted the listing?
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Has someone had any experience of buying on Otamart without the use of proxy and using a forwarding address? I know a little Japanese and I could try and talk with sellers myself.
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Hanako_Yamaguchi (5 days ago) #29495071Has someone had any experience of buying on Otamart without the use of proxy and using a forwarding address? I know a little Japanese and I could try and talk with sellers myself.Yep, I've done it several times and it was successful. As long as you comment with keigo and good grammar I think.
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yuu12riku (4 days ago) #29501277Hanako_Yamaguchi (5 days ago) #29495071Has someone had any experience of buying on Otamart without the use of proxy and using a forwarding address? I know a little Japanese and I could try and talk with sellers myself.Yep, I've done it several times and it was successful. As long as you comment with keigo and good grammar I think.I'd also like to add that communication is very important, especially during the transaction. Some sellers would really like for you to reply to each and every updates to them, from the acceptance of your offer to buy until the very earliest delivery of the item. But some sellers are pretty okay with you not replying to them.

I once got an 'ordinary' rating because I didn't reply to the seller once, it was after she told me that she shipped my items. But I did report about receiving it later on and even gave her an 'excellent' rating :\
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