I have completed the payment and shipping process w/ the order from JApan,here’s a summary:
Using this ebay store that sells mostly MiniDisc, in which I have bought a MiniDisc NH1 from this ebay store before, and they offer very good service. As a re-cap, the following is a cost comparison on the stuff I bought from Japan vs. the price that this ebay store quoted me:
- Sony BD-RE DL 50GB Blu Ray Rewritable (3 pack), ebay store’s rackless Price: $55 USD ea., [B]my price from Japan: 3834 yen[/B]
- Sony BD-R DL 50GB Blu Ray, (5 pack), ebay store’s rackless Price: $50 USD ea., [B]my price from Japan: 3559 yen (bought 2 x 5 pack)[/B]
- Taiyo Yuden water resistant 50 pack CD-R, ebay store’s rackless Price: $28 USD ea., [B]my price from Japan 2259 yen[/B]
In total, my cost in yen = 2259 + 3559 x 2 +3834 = [B]13211 yen[/B].
On March 26, they charge an [B]exchange rate of 93 yen[/B]
Shopping mall Japan fee is:
$14.00 special order fee, $16.00 in commission, and a
$2.50 wire fee, [B]a total of US$32.5 is what they made from me.[/B]
Overnight, they shipped the above in batch along w/ other items of other customers, from Japan to Indiana USA
A shipping of [B]US$26[/B] is charged from Indiana to my place (I don’t live in US)
Now, being the 1st time ordered from Japan, I did make a mistake:
with any Japan bidding service, the goal should be trying to find a Blu-Ray store that is in the same city as the branch office of that very bidding service in Japan, and with cheap shipping or free shipping. In this case, shopping mall japan has an office in Tokyo.
The store that I picked, Donchan Shop, is not a computer store, they sell anything from cosmetics to bicycle to hair brushes. Their price of blu-ray is the cheapest I can find, but their shipping is high.
The 4 items above, Donchan Shop charges me 3100 yen for shipping from Donchan shop to Shopping Mall Japan in Tokyo.
So for future order, I need to find a Japan store, with good price and low shipping rate, I may even have to go back to Amazon.co.jp and see what their shipping rate is to tokyo.
cost of merchandise 13211 yen
shipping fee from Donchan Shop 3100 yen
commission $16, special order fee $14, Wire fee $2.5
at exchange rate of 93 yen,
total cost above = $207.9
shipping from Indiana to my house $26
grand total = $233.9
By comparison, the above ebay store i-qju.com only takes paypal, so there is no shipping insurance in the event of item damage during shipping. And they charge me extra for shipping + insurance. And these ebay stores strongly insist on shipping w/ insurance
but w/ Shopping Mall Japan, I paid everything by credit card, in which most credit card, including mine, c/w “90 days Damage protection and extended warranty”. Thus, if my shipment is damage, my credit card insurance kicks in. Obviously, if I don’t receive anything, I call my credit card co, I paid nothing. If I damage the blu-ray disc in the first 90 days, again, my credit card insurance kicks in, no deductible.
Using i-qju.com ebay store’s price, my cost would have been:
$55+50x2+28+ approx. $47 insured shipping = $230
I consider the 1st time buy a rehearsal, next time, I’ll have the time to ship around for good shipping rate and good price combined. But in no way would I go to i-qju.com to buy blu-ray disc at extortion level prices.