Hey fellow /toy/men I'm trying to get some weigh in on the best services to get toys and figures from yahoo japan and shipped to the states.
I just got a tenso approved for use but it looks like they don't do bidding service for yahoo japan so a friend recommended "from japan"
Does anyone have anything to recommend to a first timer? it all gets very confusing.
My only experience has been with Noppin. It's a bit of a confusing start, as they require you to make a deposit up front to prove you have dough & aren't gonna fuck them, but you can get it back mad quickly. The service is pretty good, they keep you up to date, they'll hold items so as to group them together, etc. but the fees can reach bullshit-high levels. Depends what you're gonna do, I guess. Works out to be like a $7-ish charge per item bidded on, & you pay for the item to not only come to your door, but for it to get to theirs in the first place. $16 of goods ran me like $48 in the end.
I use Zenmarket. They have a flat 300 yen commission fee per purchase and don't charge bank fees. They hold items for free up to 45 days which can be consolidated. You can bid on Yahoo Japan as well as order from Rakuten and Amazon Japan by default but they allow for you to ask about other sites.
They recently started an affiliate thing and you get 500 yen if you sign up under that, so I'm just gonna plug mine:
If you don't want to use it just go to:
Seconding on Zenmarket. You do have to deposit the funds first before you bid but you can easily ask for a withdraw at any time if you don't end up using it.
The only advantage Buyee gives is being able to bid on auctions without making a deposit but you need to link your paypal or your credit / debit card to them. Fees are higher than ZenM, get higher when they go over 5000 yen and the shipping can get ridiculous with prices.
Ultimately, you're saving more money by simply using ZenM.
FromJapan runs very similarly to Zenmarket, it looks like. I would only go with FJ if you're buying larger purchases, not a bunch of smaller ones, or you end up like >>5263283
I bought $70 worth of goods and shipping ended up being something like $148 because of transaction + shipping fees for each item. Their packing of my stuff was really well, though.