Question about Foreign Transformer Auctions

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by thyvipera, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. thyvipera

    thyvipera ThyVipera

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    I've been thinking about buying something from Hong Kong or Japan lately, just to do something different than the old ebay thing. I've come across auctions on yahoo for these countries. I was wondering if anyone knew how I go about being able to bid on these auctions. I'm assuming I can't, considering I'm from the U.S. Any opinions? Some help would be great.
     
  2. Chaos Muffin

    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    Install a translator , and learn the way of the yen.

    I need to do the same, some of the good stuff is import only
     
  3. RoboticPlanet

    RoboticPlanet Exclusively Exclusive

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    You'll find that most Yahoo Japan sellers don't sell internationally.

    I, and I assume most non-Japanese bidders, use a deputy service like

    http://www.rinkya.com/
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    http://www.shoppingmalljapan.com/

    Personally I use rinkya for browsing and watching auctions and shoppingmalljapan for bidding since it has cheaper fees.
     
  4. Max-prime

    Max-prime Supreme-Commander

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    how dose the shipping work on SMJ ... I got the whole bidding bid wars thing but I still dont get the shipping.
     
  5. RoboticPlanet

    RoboticPlanet Exclusively Exclusive

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    First SMJ will pay for the item and then the seller ships it to SMJ's Japan location, who then ships it to their US location. You don't have any say in the cost or speed of shipping at this point. Once your item reaches the US you're finally billed for the auction and all S&H to this point. After you pay and then request shipment at SMJ's site, you get to choose which shipping method within the US you want. You're then billed for domestic shipping later. Since you have to put down a deposit to bid they don't seem to fear paying the auction and shipping up front and billing you later.
     
  6. cappeca

    cappeca wtf is this?

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    How cheaper are the fees compared to Rinkya? I'm asking because I'm just coming from an auction with Rinkya, and it cost me double of what I expected.
    :stick:  <- me.
     
  7. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    SMJ's fees are very reasonable... I don't remember how much they were, but Rinkya's were INSANE
     
  8. Chosen

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    If you have a precise idea of what you want as well, especially a link to a current auction, try contacting Fan2Fan. I use Ryan pretty much exclusively for my Japanese import needs. Don't know how or if at all he handles HK auctions.
     

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