Proxy and forwarding services
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Read the terms of service very carefully.
Before using any of these services, you must make sure that you completely understand how their service works. Do not be the idiot that orders an 18+ product to a forwarder, then complains when they do not allow it to be shipped. Make sure that you read their website often to make sure that their service hasn't changed. This is just a list of various services, with some advantages and disadvantages to some.
Proxy - Someone who buys your shit for you, for a fee of course, and then sends it to you. Proxy services vary in what they offer and what their fees are, so it’s in your interest to investigate them and find the one that best suits you. Used in conjunction with sites where you can’t pay directly or when you don’t feel confident about your moonspeak to place your order.
Forwarding - Use when you can pay for your items but you need a Japanese address. You pay for the item and have it sent to the domestic address of the service. The forwarder then sends the item to you, for a fee.
★ - The store is able to undervalue or mark your item as a gift, which may help avoid extra fees. For more details check the Country specific information section.
List of proxies & forwarders
Subject to >opinions, take everything with a grain of salt.
Partnered with Yahoo! Auction Japan, so if you use Y!AJ and click the Buying from Overseas option, this is what you'll be using. They are very simple and easy to use; however, they charge 500 yen per item to consolidate your package, which will quickly add up. Will store your items for 90 days. What they do with it after time runs out is unknown.
Easy to use, and allow you to bid for things yourself or place a sniper bid. They charge 300 yen per item plus a 3.5% money transfer fee and up to 9% for shipping insurance. Their packaging is very good. Their site's search function is not the greatest and it occasionally misses items, so it's recommended that you use the Japanese website when looking through Y!AJ and the like, then pasting the URL into Zenmarket. They charge no consolidation fee for combining items. Will hold your item for free for 45 days; after this, a per-day charge applies. They offer to take 5 photos for 500 yen per item in glorious potato quality. Slow to answer their messaging system, so if you have something that needs to be dealt with quickly, use their support section.
Good customer service and packaging, and they deal with adult items too. They might be slow to tell you when they get your order, but if you email them and ask them they usually ship it really soon after your email. They allow you to use Paypal when purchasing adult items. They do not allow you to ship loli/shota goods.
Shipping can be expensive but the package is usually well protected as a result. It's easy to use and they are very quick to respond if there are any issues. You can bid in real time or place a sniper bid which can be freely edited or cancelled until 10 minutes before the auction ends. Does let not let you buy adult goods.
Here is a guide for using BiJ with Suruga-ya When using as a forwarder, purchase a ticket and list what items you are purchasing and from what store. If you are using them as a proxy, then read this page and follow the instructions.
Their fees are quite low and their customer service is good. Bidding is in real-time, or you can place a sniper bid (which can't be cancelled). They will only undervalue up to 70% of the original price unless you register as a business user. It is easy to become a business user but is not worth it since it locks you out of using Paypal.
Very quick and easy-to-use. Simply add the URLs of items you want them to buy and get an instant estimate. Usually their fees are 9.9%, but they occasionally discount them to around 8%, such as during summer. They also charge a $1 fee per unique item and $4 fee per shop. Gives you the option of pre-approving domestic shipping to speed up your order. The pre-paid amount is 800 yen per shop, and the overpayment will be refunded to you. They will handle adult goods. They don't seem to be as heavily used as other proxies, which means Y!AJ sellers who do not wish to sell to gaijin will most likely not have blocked them yet.
A forwarding service launched by the same people behind White Rabbit Express, so you can probably expect the same standards mentioned above. You can log in with the same credentials on both sites. Blackship will send you a photo of your package when it arrives so you know which shop it came from (but the photos can be rather blurry sometimes). Be careful of their fees - there appear to be lots of them. They allow you to enter your own customs value before shipping. Adult goods are OK. Upon registration you are required to submit a picture of an identifying document showing your full name, date of birth, address, and the document's expiry date (if applicable). You can safely censor all other information (such as pictures, gender, signature, etc.) when submitting.
- Sendico ★
They charge 500 yen per item and 500 yen for consolidation (per package). They have their own warehouse, so they can store your items for an unlimited length of time without extra charges. They also offer free insurance for all packages and editable customs declaration for those who need to avoid taxes. Adult goods are OK.
The following need updated; however, they are not necessarily worse than the above. Those who update the guide simply do not have experience with them and so are not able to add information about them. If you do use them, please update with any information or post the information in the buyfag thread where it will hopefully be seen.
- Ash Doujin Resale
- Proxy Kolektakon
- Shopping Mall Japan - Japanese yen rate is always -5 to current.
- Rinkya - One of the most expensive proxies, only useful for expensive (50,000+ yen) orders.
- Noppin - Expensive for multiple small items, but you can bid for things yourself.
- FromJapan Blog (VITAMINA)
- TENSO - Partnered with Rakuten, ads everywhere. No longer forced EMS as of Nov 2014.
- Goody-Japan -
Ships adult itemsNot anymore it seems (see talk page). Recently overhauled their site and added self-bidding for Y!JA auctions. Fees are so-so.
- Treasure-Japan - Will not ship loli/shota items.
- Japan Auction Agency
- Japan Shopping Service Ships adult items. No longer able to order from Suruga-ya.