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Buying from Japan online
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Okay, here's that promised deputy/errand service post~ This answers the how do I buy from Japan question.


There are a lot of different deputy/courier/errand services out there, but there are three basic types. However, a lot of them can do combinations of the three, so you just have to check individually.

(1) Online Bidding: For auction sites like Yahoo!Japan auctions and such.
(2) Webshop Buying: For buying off of Japanese online stores.
(3) Errand Services: For going to a physical location in Japan and buying (or looking for) something.


The deputy service you choose will depend on what your needs are, and also what you consider the best deal. Deputy services will charge a fee on top of the price of the item; that's what keeps them in business. Keep in mind, the fees you have to consider are:

- the price of the item (japanese tax is almost always already figured into the price)
- errand service fees
- shipping from Japan to you.

And if you're buying online or through an auction service, you also have to consider these:

- shipping within Japan (from the store to the errand service)
- bank transfer fee (usually $2, most online transactions in japan are done with bank transfer)




Now that all that's done, how do you do it? First, find the item that you want, then read the instructions on the deputy service's site. It will usually entail of either sending the service an email or filling out a form on their site. They will usually require a deposit (sometimes 50% of the full amount, or the full amount itself). This is almost always refundable if they cannot get the item (losing an auction, or if it's out of stock).




List of Deputy Services for Japan

(1) Online Bidding: For auction sites like Yahoo!Japan auctions and such.
(2) Webshop Buying: For buying off of Japanese online stores.
(3) Errand Services: For going to a physical location in Japan and buying (or looking for) something.


OK!shon - (1)
Rinkya - (1)
Celga - (1) & (2)
Crescent Shop - (1) & (2)
Japamart - (1) & (2)
Shopping Mall Japan - (1) & (2)
Goody-Japan - (1) & (2)
Treasure Japan - (1) & (2)
Mai Ozawa - (1) & (2) & (3)
i-tm4u - (1) & see comments
Mukunoki JP - (1) & (2)




List of Deputy Services for China

Taobao Agency - (1)
Taobao Agency @ qcute - (1)




List of Deputy Services for Korea

weloveshopping - ?
Yangyanggo - (1) & (2)




If you know of any more, or if you ARE a deputy/errand service, please comment below and I'll add them to the list.

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Thank you! Do you know if they do only webshop orders, or if they also bid or do physical shop locations?

Thanks!! Just used the service the other day and it's excellent and quick too!! I recommend it~~~

Does anyone know if there any shopping services around or anyone know of one for places other than Japan? Perhaps for Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong?

I found one! http://www.weloveshopping.com/template/a13/shop.php?shopid=24181
This person really replies to you within 24 hours if not then it's a few days. Pretty much I'm testing them out right now.

First shopping service for Korea!
I'm quite confused by the website though... Seems like everything is still under construction.

Yeah it was quite confusing, but I find it much easier and faster if you email them. :P

I heard that Yahoo Japan Auctions and Ebay were going to do some collaboration.

Totally awesome, I'll have to look into this! Thanks! ^_^

deputy service for korea

http://yangyanggo.blogspot.com/
Please add my one. Thanks.

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