How To Get Japanese Products Delivered To Your House For Cheap? – Choosing The Right Model and Shipping Method

Choosing The Right Model and Shipping Method

As awesome and accurate as the Japanese sellers usually are, they sometimes name products in such a way that it can be confused with some others. Let’s say you’re buying an Adidas sports shoe which is from the 2013 Spring collection but since the colorway is close to that of the same series’ 2011 version, you end up accidentally buying the old one – and you congratulate yourself for getting a deal because the one you bought was much cheaper than the others, being 2 years older than the other model of course!

Many sellers on Rakuten mark their products which are time-sensitive with the year and season info, e.g. for 2012 Fall / Winter collection of the series they write 12fw and for 2013 Spring / Summer season of the model they write 13ss as one of the features of the product.

So make sure after you have found the model name, to view different sellers’ product pages to:

-Make sure the product model’s English or international name is the same as the one you’re after

-Get a better look at the product – some sellers add the standard images and some add their own.

-Take a look at the reviews to see if the product is actually any good; Japanese review writers are usually very helpful in finding out the advantages and disadvantages of a product – and yes we are talking about those unlisted by the manufacturer or the seller.

Next up, copy and paste your model number or model name in Amazon.co.jp to see if they actually sell it there and if yes, is it any cheaper. It usually isn’t cheaper in Amazon.co.jp – why? I don’t know but I assume Amazon charges sellers a lot more than Rakuten and that’s why either greedy sellers or Rakuten outcasts choose it thus Amazon.co.jp usually has higher price tags for the same product.  Amazon’s advantage over Rakuten? More user-friendly ordering system that has English integrated in it and shows you all the options needed for ordering in English (if you choose English of course).

After checking out the probably higher prices on Amazon.co.jp (but who knows, you might find a rare deal!), it’s time to hit Google.

Search something like:
<Your product model name or model number> -Rakuten -Rakuten.co.jp  -Amazon  -Amazon.co.jp

This would get you the other websites that sell your desired product – outside Rakuten and Amazon.

Again, I doubt you’ll find a better deal than Rakuten in other websites but it’s worth a try.

Since other websites usually don’t have English, I recommend using Google Translate for viewing them.

By now you should have a good idea about which shop – which website sells your desired product the cheapest.

…and don’t forget to take in to account the domestic shipping!

Here’s how:

On Amazon.jp:

By selecting the English language on Amazon.jp, it’s much, much easier to know the shipping and total price before even ordering!

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On Rakuten:

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As you can see the highlighted text, near where the product price is given in the Japanese product page,  the store will also let you know if the shipping is charged separately, is inclusive or shipping is free for orders that for example pass 10,000 Yen.

You should copy that line, put it into Google Translate and find out the shipping price!

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If the shipping is free, you’re good to go. if not, shipping starts anywhere from 450 Yen to 650 for small shipments. Bigger shipments vary in prices.

Next, we will actually order that juicy Japanese-only product!

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