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  • AlienEmojiRegular Boarder
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    Hello!

    I'm looking for someone with a YJA account who can speak Japanese and would be willing to contact a seller to ask a question for me, is this the right thread to post this in?
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    Does anyone happen to know if Sofmap is willing to ship to forwarding services? I wanted to buy something from them using FJ, but they were blocked from ordering on Sofmap. I was hoping to use a forwarding service if possible.
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    haruchansan (4 maand(en) geleden) #46444810Does anyone happen to know if Sofmap is willing to ship to forwarding services? I wanted to buy something from them using FJ, but they were blocked from ordering on Sofmap. I was hoping to use a forwarding service if possible.
    Nowadays, whenever I go on to their website, I get their popup advertising Worldshopping:

    "To the users living overseas
    Shipping to 125 countries available

    Worldshopping.global purchases product for the customer and delivers it globally."

    Never tried it myself, though. The same company appears to be doing global delivery for Hobby Stock's web shop as well.
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    haruchansan (4 maand(en) geleden) #46444810Does anyone happen to know if Sofmap is willing to ship to forwarding services? I wanted to buy something from them using FJ, but they were blocked from ordering on Sofmap. I was hoping to use a forwarding service if possible.

    Pretty sure other proxies do business with them. I, myself, have used White Rabbit Express this year to buy a game off from Sofmap. But as you said, they don't do business with From Japan now. (What a shame)

    (Please do note that WRE isn't what you would call as cheap proxy)
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    Hi, guys!

    Perhaps this question has already been asked before, but I just can’t scroll through all 80 pages, sorry.

    Сan someone recomend me proxy/forwarding service that are ready to pre-order goods +18, for example from Native store native-store.ne...

    And:
    - DON'T TAKE PRE-PAYMENT (This is the main point)
    - can mark some low cost in the declaration?

    I would be very grateful for the answer!
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    Kanda_Im_mortal (3 maand(en) geleden) #47583219
    - DON'T TAKE PRE-PAYMENT (This is the main point)

    Not possible, why you ask, it common logic, if the proxy has to pay from their pocket to make a pre-order for you, they stand a chance to lose that money for buying a figure for themselves, when you don't pay them later for the pre-order.

    Pre-payment in must for all proxys.
    Edit: Shops like Nippon yasan can do the pay later option, as they know their stock will get sold out one way or the other, some other buyer will purchase the figure of which you didnt pay for.
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    Heavenly_Otaku (3 maand(en) geleden) #47592472Not possible, why you ask, it common logic, if the proxy has to pay from their pocket to make a pre-order for you, they stand a chance to lose that money for buying a figure for themselves, when you don't pay them later for the pre-order.
    Pre-payment in must for all proxys.


    I ask coz I know about this option. But you apparently don't.

    The most shops (GSC, Native, Koto etc) does not require prepayment for example. I know about orders through a forwarding like Tenso (my friends ordered it like that, and did not prepay anything until release). But I just don't like Tenso.

    I asked about other proxies/forwarders who don’t charge in advance. The point is my wished figures are limited + ecxlusive, I don't want to miss them, but will be released at December 2019 or even in 2020. I don't want to pay to proxy for the year ahead because in case of unforeseen circumstances, even PayPal will not be able to return the money, that's all.

    UPD: I was prompted about forwarding and proxy option from BiJ and they take only 50% of preorder price. Well, not bad.
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    Kanda_Im_mortal (3 maand(en) geleden) #47592890I ask coz I know about this option. But you apparently don't.
    The most shops (GSC, Native, Koto etc) does not require prepayment for example. I know about orders through a forwarding like Tenso (my friends ordered it like that, and did not prepay anything until release). But I just don't like Tenso.
    So I asked about other proxies/forwarders who don’t charge in advance. The point is I don't want to pay to proxy for the year ahead, because in case of unforeseen circumstances, even PayPal will not be able to return the money, that's all.

    Well then, if you had written it this good in the first place, I would have better understood it.
    You can always sent an email to the proxys, that would be better.
    shops.v4.php?cu...

    The issue here is proxy can place the order and decide to select the option for play later, but when the time comes to pay, and your dont pay up at that time, they have to cancel the preorder and that takes a hit on their account. Thats one reason, they ask you to pay upfront.

    Usually, cancellation of preorder is not entertained.
    Edit: I knew about the pay later option for the shops. But didnt know that Tenso are willing to do this.

    Big Japan is a retail and proxy shop, and they buy figures at discounted rates. They can manage it. But I heard they no longer do pre ordering for Native.
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    Heavenly_Otaku (3 maand(en) geleden) #47593208Well then, if you had written it this good in the first place, I would have better understood it.
    You can always sent an email to the proxys, that would be better.
    shops.v4.php?cu...
    The issue here is proxy can place the order and decide to select the option for play later, but when the time comes to pay, and your dont pay up at that time, they have to cancel the preorder and that takes a hit on their account. Thats one reason, they ask you to pay upfront.
    Usually, cancellation of preorder is not entertained.


    Sorry, my bad. Just thought it was common information.

    Yes, of course I understand that. And this is a rare case, right, but I'm looking for just that.
    Thanks for the links, I'll try to find out.
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    Kanda_Im_mortal (3 maand(en) geleden) #47594018Sorry, my bad. Just thought it was common information.
    Yes, of course I understand that. And this is a rare case, right, but I'm looking for just that.
    Thanks for the links, I'll try to find out.

    Hey, No problem, it's all chill.
    But do let us know here, if any of those proxys can do what you are looking for. It would be helpful. Thanks
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    Hello anyone from South America that could help me choosing the correct proxy service? which one has the better fees
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    Heavenly_Otaku (3 maand(en) geleden) #47594881Hey, No problem, it's all chill.
    But do let us know here, if any of those proxys can do what you are looking for. It would be helpful. Thanks


    So, after a couple of weeks of clearing up all the details, I can tell something.

    Pre-orders through Japanese stores (+18 too) without prepayment can be made using forwarding service:

    Tenso www.tenso.com/e... (but in some cases they will need your passport details to verify your identity, or another document that has this power).
    BiJ www.biginjap.co...

    In both cases, you register an account in a Japanese store full yourself: fill in the data and everything else, they will not help, so Google only will help you. And since this is your account (you simply use their address), then the entire responsibility for the cancellation of the order or the unpaid order rests on you. If you are banned, it has nothing to do with them. That is why they do not ask for any prepayment.

    But keep in mind, you will be able to use the forwarding address only with your name and pay only with your credit card (even if it is a card of your husband/wife and so on - this will not be accepted!). In some cases, some store may not accept your card/payment, and then nothing can be done, your order is simply canceled. I do not know what it depends on, but it is worth bearing in mind.

    I hope it will be useful ^^
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    Kanda_Im_mortal (3 maand(en) geleden) #49144343So, after a couple of weeks of clearing up all the details, I can tell something.
    Pre-orders through Japanese stores (+18 too) without prepayment can be made using forwarding service:
    Tenso www.tenso.com/e... (but in some cases they will need your passport details to verify your identity, or another document that has this power).
    BiJ www.biginjap.co...
    In both cases, you register an account in a Japanese store full yourself: fill in the data and everything else, they will not help, so Google only will help you. And since this is your account (you simply use their address), then the entire responsibility for the cancellation of the order or the unpaid order rests on you. If you are banned, it has nothing to do with them. That is why they do not ask for any prepayment.
    But keep in mind, you will be able to use the forwarding address only with your name and pay only with your credit card (even if it is a card of your husband/wife and so on - this will not be accepted!). In some cases, some store may not accept your card/payment, and then nothing can be done, your order is simply canceled. I do not know what it depends on, but it is worth bearing in mind.
    I hope it will be useful ^^
    thanks for the update, I thought so, they want to stay in the safe side. Then I guess it's business as usual. Some stores will not accept cards from outside Japan, only option left is aftermarket or prepayment to proxy. Some manufacturers stores take few preorders just a month before release, sometimes, that's the only time you can use a prepayment option and avoid the loss of PayPal/credit card security cover.
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    haruchansan (4 maand(en) geleden) #46444810Does anyone happen to know if Sofmap is willing to ship to forwarding services? I wanted to buy something from them using FJ, but they were blocked from ordering on Sofmap. I was hoping to use a forwarding service if possible.

    It is Japanese, but QA about transfer of Sofmap.

    qa.sofmap.com/f...

    Translating
    Transfer is possible.
    However, even if it is a product such as regulated goods or size weight that can not be shipped overseas, it can not be canceled.

    Items for which shipment from Japan is forbidden
    And it becomes the thing which regulates import in the destination country.
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    Hey all!

    Sorry if this is common knowledge, but are there any proxies that are able to purchase from Otamart and Mercari? Are there any other options to buy from there? I just blew $50 USD on small merchandise using WRE for Mercari...
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    Aloren (1 maand(en) geleden) #53164548Hey all!
    Sorry if this is common knowledge, but are there any proxies that are able to purchase from Otamart and Mercari? Are there any other options to buy from there? I just blew $50 USD on small merchandise using WRE for Mercari...

    Treasure Japan is willing to order from both sites. Neokyo will order from Mercari while FromJapan can be used for Otamart. (Neokyo might be able to order from Otamart but I haven't tried yet.)

    There's probably more out there but those are the ones I'm most familiar with.
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    Aloren (1 maand(en) geleden) #53164548Hey all!
    Sorry if this is common knowledge, but are there any proxies that are able to purchase from Otamart and Mercari? Are there any other options to buy from there? I just blew $50 USD on small merchandise using WRE for Mercari...


    There's Rinkya, which will literally buy from any site as long as you're willing to pay their higher-than-average fees.
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    Aloren (1 maand(en) geleden) #53164548Hey all!
    Sorry if this is common knowledge, but are there any proxies that are able to purchase from Otamart and Mercari? Are there any other options to buy from there? I just blew $50 USD on small merchandise using WRE for Mercari...

    Neokyo can buy from both and charge 250 yen/item.
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    noctisity (1 maand(en) geleden) #53167019Treasure Japan is willing to order from both sites. Neokyo will order from Mercari while FromJapan can be used for Otamart. (Neokyo might be able to order from Otamart but I haven't tried yet.)
    There's probably more out there but those are the ones I'm most familiar with.

    darkfroggy (1 maand(en) geleden) #53201676There's Rinkya, which will literally buy from any site as long as you're willing to pay their higher-than-average fees.

    tundras (1 maand(en) geleden) #53239419Neokyo can buy from both and charge 250 yen/item.

    Thank you! :D
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