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  • MeramiFan
    MeramiFanRegular Boarder • lv5
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    #21
    17 days ago
    albell2617 days ago#84172390For example, they quote like 5000 yen for example and say that it's ~49.50 USD. This is before you checkout with card or Paypal, so I imagine it would charge the same USD in both cases. The USD amount they quoted was exactly what was charged to my bank account so the currency conversion was definitely before-hand (which is definitely just shady for a larger company -- I can excuse it for an individual proxy who might have to go through their own bank for stuff and deal with more conversions but at the very least they are transparent about it). Nowhere on their site does it mention a particular exchange rate or even that they are charging a fee for currency conversion (which they are). And yes, for stores I buy directly from like Amazon Japan or Mandarake, I always charge in yen and get very close to the market rate by using my bank's rate.
    I'll check out your post. I was considering Dejapan at first but saw a very poor review of it, but considering what I was interested in buying was just chocolate where the state of the box doesn't really matter, it probably didn't make a difference either way. It seems like they would charge per store as you can add multiple items from the same store on a single shopping request which is the option I would want for this particular use-case.

    Yeah, that's really not okay. That's what they call 'thanks for the free money, baka-gaijin.' Not a big deal if you're only making one small order a year, but it gets more ridiculous the more you buy. To be specific, you can pay DEJAPAN directly in yen with a credit card. The difference between getting a proper exchange rate plus 1.5% back with a credit card vs PayPal/other way you end up with terrible rates/fees, without a rewards card could be 10%. That matters when you spend thousands.

    And yes, your questions/concerns should be answered by my previous posts. Copying and pasting about it would be somewhat off-topic here.
  • albell26
    albell26Regular Boarder • lv7
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    #22
    17 days ago
    MeramiFan17 days ago#84172404Yeah, that's really not okay. That's what they call 'thanks for the free money, baka-gaijin.' Not a big deal if you're only making one small order a year, but it gets more ridiculous the more you buy. To be specific, you can pay DEJAPAN directly in yen with a credit card. The difference between getting a proper exchange rate plus 1.5% back with a credit card vs PayPal/other way you end up with terrible rates/fees, without a rewards card could be 10%. That matters when you spend thousands.
    And yes, your questions/concerns should be answered by my previous posts. Copying and pasting about it would be somewhat off-topic here.


    Ah yes, I always just pay with card directly, and one of my banks has no FTF and a pretty close-to market exchange rate. It definitely adds up over time, agreed - that's why I try to always buy direct if given the chance (finding item on Amazon JP for example).
    I checked out your blog for your take on proxies bc I have no idea how to find someone's post history on here. Very useful!
  • MeramiFan
    MeramiFanRegular Boarder • lv5
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    #23
    17 days ago
    albell2617 days ago#84172412Ah yes, I always just pay with card directly, and one of my banks has no FTF and a pretty close-to market exchange rate. It definitely adds up over time, agreed - that's why I try to always buy direct if given the chance (finding item on Amazon JP for example).
    I checked out your blog for your take on proxies bc I have no idea how to find someone's post history on here. Very useful!

    Now that you mention it, I don't see a way to check post history here either. I guess you could search the forums for mentions of DEJAPAN.

    Capital One gives me almost the exact market rate. About 2% better than Chase.

    Glad you found my guide helpful. Happy buying!
  • kyoukos
    kyoukosRegular Boarder • lv10
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    #24
    14 days ago
    Question: Would it be possible to use Buyee to get around having to pay exorbitant amounts for DHL from a store that already ships worldwide without a proxy? There's something I'm really interested in getting at Mandarake that I haven't seen pop up for sale in 6 years, but there's no way I can justify the minimum $95+ USD to ship something that weighs less than 200 grams. I have the 'Add to Buyee' extension for my browser and I can add it to my Buyee cart, I just don't know if shipping domestic from Nagoya to wherever Buyee is and then shipping surface from Buyee to me would save me money.
  • MeramiFan
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    14 days ago • Updated 14 days ago
    kyoukos14 days ago#84338757Question: Would it be possible to use Buyee to get around having to pay exorbitant amounts for DHL from a store that already ships worldwide without a proxy? There's something I'm really interested in getting at Mandarake that I haven't seen pop up for sale in 6 years, but there's no way I can justify the minimum $95+ USD to ship something that weighs less than 200 grams. I have the 'Add to Buyee' extension for my browser and I can add it to my Buyee cart, I just don't know if shipping domestic from Nagoya to wherever Buyee is and then shipping surface from Buyee to me would save me money.

    Yes, you can order from Mandarake via proxy. I don't think any proxies have issues with Mandarake, but I can confirm that DEJAPAN works (and I recommend them over Buyee). Domestic shipping is generally very cheap unless the package is large or oddly-shaped. Mandarake's shipping starts at 165 yen via post or 660 via courier. For 200 grams, it shouldn't be more than 660 yen. If Mandarake quoted $95 for DHL, then using a different method via proxy would be much cheaper.

    For example, ordering through DEJAPAN would cost the sum of:
    Item price + 10% tax (Mandarake prices are listed without VAT, which is dodged if ordering through their international site)
    Domestic shipping up to 660 yen
    No proxy fees in this case
    International shipping. The two options to the US right now are FedEx International Priority and surface mail. The former takes about 2 days and will cost around 2500 yen. The latter takes about 2 months and will cost around 2000 yen.
  • kyoukos
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    #26
    14 days ago • Updated 14 days ago
    MeramiFan14 days ago#84338774Yes, you can order from Mandarake via proxy. I don't think any proxies have issues with Mandarake, but I can confirm that DEJAPAN works (and I recommend them over Buyee). Domestic shipping is generally very cheap unless the package is large or oddly-shaped. Mandarake's shipping starts at 165 yen via post or 660 via courier. For 200 grams, it shouldn't be more than 660 yen. If Mandarake quoted $95 for DHL, then using a different method via proxy would be much cheaper.
    For example, ordering through DEJAPAN would cost the sum of:
    Item price + 10% tax (Mandarake prices are listed without VAT, which is dodged if ordering through their international site)
    Domestic shipping up to 660 yen
    No proxy fees in this case
    International shipping. The two options to the US right now are FedEx International Priority and surface mail. The former takes about 2 days and will cost around 2500 yen. The latter takes about 2 months and will cost around 2000 yen.


    I'll keep DEJAPAN in mind for future reference. I already have some stuff I ordered via Buyee so if I go for this figure I might just use Buyee in order to combine shipment with the items I've already bought. Also, any help on calculating shipping for said items would be greatly appreciated, I haven't used Buyee in a solid 4 years.
  • MeramiFan
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    #27
    14 days ago
    kyoukos14 days ago#84338802I'll keep DEJAPAN in mind for future reference. I already have some stuff I ordered via Buyee so if I go for this figure I might just use Buyee in order to combine shipment with the items I've already bought. Also, any help on calculating shipping for said items would be greatly appreciated, I haven't used Buyee in a solid 4 years.
    buyee.jp/help/y...
    You can see the rates here. Seamail/surface mail is the only Japan Post option to the US at the moment (and for several months to come, probably). Unfortunately, Buyee doesn't offer FedEx. For reference, FedEx IP costs roughly the package weight in grams plus 2,000 yen. Significantly lower than UPS and DHL rates, AND there is no fuel surcharge, unlike the others.
  • albell26
    albell26Regular Boarder • lv7
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    #28
    12 days ago
    kyoukos14 days ago#84338802I'll keep DEJAPAN in mind for future reference. I already have some stuff I ordered via Buyee so if I go for this figure I might just use Buyee in order to combine shipment with the items I've already bought. Also, any help on calculating shipping for said items would be greatly appreciated, I haven't used Buyee in a solid 4 years.

    MeramiFan14 days ago#84338830buyee.jp/help/y...
    You can see the rates here. Seamail/surface mail is the only Japan Post option to the US at the moment (and for several months to come, probably). Unfortunately, Buyee doesn't offer FedEx. For reference, FedEx IP costs roughly the package weight in grams plus 2,000 yen. Significantly lower than UPS and DHL rates, AND there is no fuel surcharge, unlike the others.


    Have to agree here: FedEx will always be cheaper than UPS and DHL especially at higher weights. Also see my posts about Buyee - you will have to beg them to make your package lighter so you don't get a ridiculous overpriced DHL quote. And even then, they only were able to make my specific package 500ish yen cheaper.
    At least with Mandarake,you will get a fair currency conversion.
  • albell26
    albell26Regular Boarder • lv7
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    #29
    12 days ago
    kyoukos14 days ago#84338757Question: Would it be possible to use Buyee to get around having to pay exorbitant amounts for DHL from a store that already ships worldwide without a proxy? There's something I'm really interested in getting at Mandarake that I haven't seen pop up for sale in 6 years, but there's no way I can justify the minimum $95+ USD to ship something that weighs less than 200 grams. I have the 'Add to Buyee' extension for my browser and I can add it to my Buyee cart, I just don't know if shipping domestic from Nagoya to wherever Buyee is and then shipping surface from Buyee to me would save me money.

    Also maybe consider buying something else with the Manda purchase? 200 g is very easy to get to. A t-shirt can be 200 g.
  • kyoukos
    kyoukosRegular Boarder • lv10
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    #30
    12 days ago • Updated 12 days ago
    albell2612 days ago#84440615Also maybe consider buying something else with the Manda purchase? 200 g is very easy to get to. A t-shirt can be 200 g.
    If the 200g threshold is on Buyee's end, it's going to be consolidated with the rest of the items I'm buying via Yahoo Shopping, so reaching 200 won't be any problem. If not... well, I'll cope with it. I was only 10g short.
  • albell26
    albell26Regular Boarder • lv7
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    #31
    12 days ago • Updated 12 days ago
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  • albell26
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    #32
    12 days ago
    kyoukos12 days ago#84440646If the 200g threshold is on Buyee's end, it's going to be consolidated with the rest of the items I'm buying via Yahoo Shopping, so reaching 200 won't be any problem. If not... well, I'll cope with it. I was only 10g short.

    I don't think Buyee has any threshhold - sounded like Mandarake had a minimum for shipping DHL (only option to ship if not domestic), so that was my suggestion for buying directly from them. Of course, this is based on my aversion to Buyee - be prepared for nonsense pricing that isn't transparent whatsoever.
  • kyoukos
    kyoukosRegular Boarder • lv10
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    #33
    12 days ago • Updated 12 days ago
    albell2612 days ago#84440652I don't think Buyee has any threshhold - sounded like Mandarake had a minimum for shipping DHL (only option to ship if not domestic), so that was my suggestion for buying directly from them. Of course, this is based on my aversion to Buyee - be prepared for nonsense pricing that isn't transparent whatsoever.
    I'm only buying through Buyee because Mandarake wanted to charge me over $100 to ship to my country via DHL, which is the only option available for my country-- if I could buy directly from Mandarake, I would.
  • albell26
    albell26Regular Boarder • lv7
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    #34
    5 days ago
    To anyone who reads this, delete your items from your Buyee cart and run away fast. NEVER EVER USE BUYEE.
    These people are unscrupulous, will try to make a quick buck off of you by not being transparent whatsoever on their info pages and offering no refunds to you for service plans you may buy and then have voided because you request simple quality-of-life services (such as making your package lighter by NOT simply putting multiple original seller boxes into one bigger box with more packing materials).

    For one, there is an UNKNOWN currency exchange rate they use on the site that is not disclosed anywhere, except for the yen price being displayed and the payment currency being displayed underneath. For USD, this is often nearly a 100 yen to 1 USD ratio which is HORRIBLE. At Zenmarket, even with a 3.5% deposit fee, you will still get a better rate, and at least they are upfront about the fee. Buyee is NOT. You just figure it out on your own, no flexibility whatsoever.

    Buyee will switch available shipping methods at a moment's notice and give you conflicting information over customer service that is later rescinded. Buyee will make an effort to not directly address your concerns over email and instead give copy-and-paste responses about their policies that are vaguely related to what you wrote about.

    Buyee just wants your money, and unless you have a galaxy, ESP-enabled brain, you will fall into many of their pitfalls to grab a 500 yen here and a 500 yen there from you.
  • kyoukos
    kyoukosRegular Boarder • lv10
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    #35
    3 days ago
    Welp. I'm not happy.

    I got my package consolidated, and it didn't take too long to get the cost back: before fees, shipping was around $30 USD surface, which considering how much I bought wasn't too bad.

    But then the fees over doubled that price to $65 USD. Where did that cost come from? How did what I buy add up to $25 in domestic shipping when most of the listings I bought from had shipping under $3? Why is the consolidation fee a solid $10?

    I'll suck it up and pay the $65, but damn, I am unhappy. Switching to DeJapan next time I want to do some major shopping on sites that don't ship overseas.
  • kyoukos
    kyoukosRegular Boarder • lv10
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    #36
    21 hours ago
    Is anyone else getting a 403 forbidden when they try to access buyee.jp on VPN? I started using a VPN service the other day and when I try access it while the VPN is enabled, I get a 403. Works fine without it, though.
  • kyoukos
    kyoukosRegular Boarder • lv10
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    #37
    3 hours ago
    Okay, now I'm actually angry with Buyee. I pay the $65 to ship via Seamail and I think it's over and done with. Was it? Of course not! Within 24 hours, they refund the shipping and say they can't ship via Seamail because my order is 'too large' even though the few things I bought are light, take up minimal space, and should be WELL within the reasonable limits for what you can ship via Seamail. Now my only options are to raise a ruckus on their support line and hope that they realize this is a horrible way to treat their customers, or pay the exorbitant $222 for a service I don't want. Christs sake, I hate Buyee.
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