It’s still much cheaper than all the other places I found on the internet. As I notice a lot of shops in Japan c/w free shipping w/i Japan on any reasonable order.
So for some1 like me who ordered a no. of items, Rakuten is doing some work for me putting all the items together and ship it to me. i.e., their only income is the handling fee of approx. $35 for 5 items, = $7 per item. It’s a service fee well worth the money saved on digging out cheaply priced items.
But what I gained is the option to dig out the cheapest price from their massive list of dealers. For e.g., for that Pioneer Blu Ray drive that currently going at ebay for $530+shipping, Rakuten can get that for me at $359