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alexd00
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« on: 2009-06-19, 14:42:39 »

So me & a friend are going to Japan next month for the Kanno Youko concert. We already got tickets, but ended up paying a ton in proxy fees due to the restrictions on Yahoo Jp auctions and pretty much every other site where you could get tickets. I was looking around online and saw that there's going to be a Mizuki Nana concert while we're there so I was thinking about getting tickets for that too. But before I ordered the tickets through a proxy again, I wanted to do a little research to see if there were any other options.

I have a friend studying abroad there, so it wouldn't be necessary to ship anything overseas. However, he does not have a Japanese credit card, which appears to be the main obstacle in ordering or bidding for items ourselves.

So basically, my questions are:
#1 - Does anybody have any recommended proxy services that have low fees?
#2 - Are there any purchase/ auction sites for Jp concert tickets that you don't need a Jp credit card for?
#3 - Is it possible (I know they have this in the US) to get "one-use" or "gift" credit cards in Japan?
#4 - Any other suggestions?

Any information would be appreciated. :)
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« Reply #1 on: 2009-06-19, 19:24:12 »

The only proxies I have used in tha past are:
  • Rinkya is expensive for stuff under 40,000 yen. But it's cheaper after hitting the 40,000 yen mark
  • Celga is cheaper before the 40,000 yen mark. Since it's only a "10%" of the total bid, but doesn't have a maximun fee like Rinkya.

Some others I know, but I haven't used them are:
  • Goods from Japan is expensive with a 15% charge from the cost of product + cost of internal shipping.
  • Japan Auction Center seems like a good option with a commision of 800 yen + 8% of the total cost. But it can be expensier than Rinkya or Celga sometimes.

One thing I have learned with the years is that the best way to avoid paying a lot on internal shipping and transfer fees is to bid on items from the same seller that end on the same day. Also most of this sites try to combine fees whenever possible as long as your auctions are from the same seller and end on the same day.

For #2, even if you manage to get an auction site that does allow non Japanese credit cards, you will be missing the real auctions. Yahoo Auctions Japan, Rakuten, Mbok or Bidders accept non Japanese credit cards.
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« Reply #2 on: 2009-06-19, 21:48:11 »

I usually use Goody Japan for everything and Crescent Shop when I need a live bid. And DankeDanke if I'm buying expensive, light things or if I want to keep the points from the online shop for myself (but they won't work for auctions). I've also used Shopping Mall Japan for some of the more *coughcough* goods since they ship all their US orders to their US warehouse in large batches, so the final leg with your address on it doesn't go through customs...
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« Reply #3 on: 2009-06-19, 22:54:17 »

Do you need a Japanese credit card for amazon.jp? My friend is studying abroad this summer, and I was gonna give him the money to buy and send me the AX concert DVD and Under17 meets witch cds.
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« Reply #4 on: 2009-06-20, 00:21:47 »

The AX concert DVD is a Toranoana exclusive. I don't think you'll find it on Amazon. But for the other things, Amazon does international shipping and they accept foreign cards. Just, you're limited to books, CDs, and DVDs. This rules out Key Sounds Label, which is listed under software on Amazon, as well as games -_-; You'll want to use Goody, Danke, or something similar to get the AX DVD. Or see if I can find it for you when I'm there in a week.
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« Reply #5 on: 2009-06-20, 07:44:01 »

I just wondered if he would have trouble getting things with his presumably non-Japanese credit card.

Thank you for offering, but I can't ask you for that.  :-[ I won't be ready with the money until much later either.
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« Reply #6 on: 2011-02-21, 20:17:26 »

I decided to try Shopping Mall Japan for an auction of a seller who is blacklisted at CS.. ^_^ And it is pretty clumsy compared to CS, also the "search" function doesn't seem to work, but I finally managed to make a bid somehow.. So I hope it'll turn out well.. ^_^
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