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I have been curious about Buyee which I understand is a proxy service for the Yahoo Japanese Auctions... or something along those lines.

Is there something to watch out for in particular or is this just safe, legit and straightforward? At face value it seems like a second eBay, only with nice bargains and some items I thought had long disappeared from the used market. I think I recall @Sogogi had find a good deal there at some point?

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It is very straight forward. You bid on an item you like, if you win, you pay that price + buyee fee(300yen) + optional inspection fee (500yen) +local shipping fee which will be charged later when you decide to ship them to US(or where you live).
 

I also use mercari via buyee because sometimes i find better deals without having to deal with competitors.

 

Once you receive your item(s), you have option to consolidate them as one package at no extra cost + optional extra packaging fee.

 

They do promo quite often so make sure to check their coupon section.

(i recently saved 6000 yen for international shipping becuz there was a promo where if you buy 5000yen worth of stuff from mercari, you get 50% shipping off. So i ended up paying $45 usd for 2 nib kits + few misc items via dhl)


Beware that once you taste excitement of buying stuff from buyee, it is hard to resist

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I have just bought my first items from Mercari via Buyee. 3 items in total (1 kit and 2 bodyshells) and would appreciate some guidance on their package consolidation, to try and keep the costs down.

I can see that you need to tick each item and then select Package Consolidation to proceed, due you get a quote for shipping before proceeding or do you need to proceed and they give you a quote after? is consolidation always cheaper ?

Anything else to watch out for? 

Thanks :) 

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I'd be wary of package consolidation on kits & bodyshells, as they'll likely have already arrived at Buyee's warehouse in individual large boxes, so to consolidate those will require an even bigger box. Weight stops being your enemy, rather size can limit the available options for shipping. Buyee won't un-pack and re-pack, they simply apply a "Russian Doll" tactic to combining parcels! This can result in a rather alarmingly-sized box as you can imagine.

I've never paid extra for the additional packaging materials when applying package consolidation. Remember, the Japanese are much less brutal than our domestic shipping companies when it comes to handling stuff (small items for example usually come in pale green large envelopes, with just a little bubble wrap, to keep weight down. I've never had anything damaged in transit despite this).

If you have items "arrived at warehouse" you can get quotes for shipping without actually proceeding. This will give you a general idea of the cost. Combining them as per the above, will limit the number of options you have and you may be restricted to more expensive services.

In your position, I would see how reasonable the cost of individual shipping is. Perhaps combine the two bodyshells. I wouldn't combine all 3 if you want the best possible cost, but appreciate it might give you peace of mind.

One tip, which you may or may not agree with, is that you can "edit" the invoice for the shipping label. You can't edit the value, but you can edit the product description. If being particularly sneaky, you may mark all items as "gifts" with individual products as "books" on the detailed invoice.

...Books don't attract import duty :ph34r:

This advice is probably fraud. So don't do it. Or do. I'm saying nothin'  

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On 11/14/2023 at 1:33 AM, Tobyone said:

due you get a quote for shipping before proceeding or do you need to proceed and they give you a quote after? is consolidation always cheaper ?

 

I like to use “consolidation service” when i have a kit or two with several small parts. Basically almost free shipping for small items. (And no going back once you request that service as @ChrisRx718 mentioned.. so you have to guestimate by trial and error)

My rule of thumb is consolidate max 2 kits (regular sized kits.. not txt size lol)and some misc items. Most of the time i get to utilize their coupon for shipping discount, but without it, i paid about $80 usd using buyee’s preferred shipping method(fedex) to US which arrived in 2.5 days. (Which still is much cheaper and lots of rare items that are almost impossible to get in states) + weak yen really helps 

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So I ended up finding 2 insanely rare Tamiya bodies on Buyee. The first one was a "buy it now" or whatever they call it and arrived reasonably fast and extremely well packed. The second one was a real auction; I used their "snipper bid" function which worked a treat. Let's hope it shows up in good condition etc. But I quite like how the system shows you an accurate breakdown of the real to-your-front-door price before you bid. No surprises and no deception what so ever.

I am sure it will get more and more popular and the sellers will soon realize that they are about half the cost or less compared to eBay even after you factor in all the fees and shipping costs. But for now it still seems like a well kept secret.

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5 hours ago, Pylon80 said:

So I ended up finding 2 insanely rare Tamiya bodies on Buyee. The first one was a "buy it now" or whatever they call it and arrived reasonably fast and extremely well packed. The second one was a real auction; I used their "snipper bid" function which worked a treat. Let's hope it shows up in good condition etc. But I quite like how the system shows you an accurate breakdown of the real to-your-front-door price before you bid. No surprises and no deception what so ever.

I am sure it will get more and more popular and the sellers will soon realize that they are about half the cost or less compared to eBay even after you factor in all the fees and shipping costs. But for now it still seems like a well kept secret.

Congrats on your purchase. It is so addicting..

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I really don't want to get into this mess, but I am an avid learner... How do I start? Which Japanese marketplace should I look into? :) 

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On 12/1/2023 at 9:49 AM, burakol said:

I really don't want to get into this mess, but I am an avid learner... How do I start? Which Japanese marketplace should I look into? :) 

If you are using buyee, i would start woth yahoo auction /mercari

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1 hour ago, Sogogi said:

If you are using buyee, i would start woth yahoo auction /mercari

2nd that.

Pretty much all the items on Mercari include postage to Buyee, so you don't need to factor that into your overall costs. You can just buy the item straight away, no waiting for the auction to end. 

Good Luck !

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7 hours ago, Tobyone said:

2nd that.

Pretty much all the items on Mercari include postage to Buyee, so you don't need to factor that into your overall costs. You can just buy the item straight away, no waiting for the auction to end. 

Good Luck !

Ok... So I buy from Mercari and pay for the item... but is the item going to be shipped to me, or to a third party handler, that I need to pay again for them to ship the item to me stateside? Is there a way to see how much is the "total out the door" price I have to pay? 

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No, the item is shipped to Buyee, they are the third party handler. Once they receive it, then you will get the options for posting on to you.

You can get an estimate buy using Buyee's international shipping calculator, based on size and weight of item.

Total cost comprises of the following,

Buyee fee ¥300

Buyee Plan fee ¥0 - 500

Cost of item

Cost of delivery to Buyee (check item listing, but majority of Mercari items include the cost to post the item to Buyee)

International postage form Buyee to buyer

 

Hope that helps

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Wow.. i can see buyee getting much more popular.

Two days ago I saved about 5 car listings which i thought were good but bit high in terms of prices…. Next day, 4 of them are gone…. Dang!

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54 minutes ago, gkatz said:

any one who bought a kit from buyee ever get a request to open the kit because it might have prohibited substance inside that cannot be shipped intl? 

@Sogogi @Tobyone @Pylon80 @ChrisRx718 and others who can answer - thanks for the help

Hmm for me they always checked non-sealed kits and if they find grease / oil stuff, they send an email with options (throw those out, or ship those prohibited items to japan address).

 

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16 minutes ago, Sogogi said:

Hmm for me they always checked non-sealed kits and if they find grease / oil stuff, they send an email with options (throw those out, or ship those prohibited items to japan address).

 

is grease not allowed on a plain from Japan? thats very strange... all kits come with grease I assume so they need to open all kits and take out grease tubes?
BTW, "throw those out, or ship those prohibited items to japan address" what do they mean by ship to japan address? if i have someone from japan i can send to? i need the whole kit to go on the plane :)

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2 hours ago, gkatz said:

any one who bought a kit from buyee ever get a request to open the kit because it might have prohibited substance inside that cannot be shipped intl? 

@Sogogi @Tobyone @Pylon80 @ChrisRx718 and others who can answer - thanks for the help

Recently I've had 3 instances where I've been notified by Buyee about prohibited items, grease, oil and spray can (PS paint). I just ask them to dispose of the item, usually takes a couple of days for them to respond and the item to then be available on my Buyee dashboard to select shipping. This is instigated by them, i have never asked them to check, but do use the inspection/insurance plan, so presume that is automatically done?

Before this, i have had a couple of kits (packaged as you would expect if purchased directly from a shop) that have had grease in them but have been posted out fine. I presume it depends how easy it is for the inspection team at Buyee to see the prohibited item.

All the ones that have been raised were clearly visible on the item listing.

 

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50 minutes ago, Tobyone said:

Recently I've had 3 instances where I've been notified by Buyee about prohibited items, grease, oil and spray can (PS paint). I just ask them to dispose of the item, usually takes a couple of days for them to respond and the item to then be available on my Buyee dashboard to select shipping. This is instigated by them, i have never asked them to check, but do use the inspection/insurance plan, so presume that is automatically done?

Before this, i have had a couple of kits (packaged as you would expect if purchased directly from a shop) that have had grease in them but have been posted out fine. I presume it depends how easy it is for the inspection team at Buyee to see the prohibited item.

All the ones that have been raised were clearly visible on the item listing.

 

ok since its my first time i was confused about their email notifying me about removing problematic items from the kit (its a sealed kit)

I wonder if i hadnt paid for an inspection what would have happend since these are not really problematic materials to ship. I guess its a balance between buyee opening the kit in an orderly fashion or taking a chance that some japan regulation will stop the shipping or something.

but if someone knows that you can bypass this kit opening by simply not asking for an inspection (which you actually pay for) please let us know...

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I don’t know what “inspection” fully means from their point of view, but i never opted in for 500yen inspection stuff. 
So far i didn’t have issues with fully sealed stuff but i assume that is not 100% guaranteed. I didn’t have issues with some unsealed kits though had more instances where they had to remove those prohibited items.

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1 hour ago, Tobyone said:

All the ones that have been raised were clearly visible on the item listing

Good point! 

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48 minutes ago, Sogogi said:

I don’t know what “inspection” fully means from their point of view, but i never opted in for 500yen inspection stuff. 
So far i didn’t have issues with fully sealed stuff but i assume that is not 100% guaranteed. I didn’t have issues with some unsealed kits though had more instances where they had to remove those prohibited items.

Apparently, me choosing to inspect for. Couple of bucks will cost me another 60 bucks of oil, grease etc they will remove from the kit which I will have to order separately.

You live and you learn. Let this be a lesson for others to learn from

BTW, I am still waiting on them to state what going away but I went through the parts list and it's at least 4 items

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10 minutes ago, gkatz said:

Apparently, me choosing to inspect for. Couple of bucks will cost me another 60 bucks of oil, grease etc they will remove from the kit which I will have to order separately.

You live and you learn. Let this be a lesson for others to learn from

BTW, I am still waiting on them to state what going away but I went through the parts list and it's at least 4 items

Yeah that sucks… at least you can ask if it can be bypassed since its a sealed item. (No harm to ask i think)

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9 minutes ago, Sogogi said:

Yeah that sucks… at least you can ask if it can be bypassed since its a sealed item. (No harm to ask i think)

Yep I have asked.   It's night there.. .

Will update when this is resolved . 

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I got the email too on the last order,saying that those items were prohibited to ship to  japanese domestic addresses. I then I pointed out that the items weren't going to a domestic Japanese address, but said do whatever you wanted I wanted it shipped in time for my birthday.

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Short update: the buyee staff stated that oil and grease must also be removed and reiterated that my only option of I want intl shipping is to open the box and remove the items.

So I have allowed this an ask them to either picture or list the items they are removing....

In the next update let's see what happens :)

 

[Update Jan 7th]

BUyee have sent a list of thing to be removed and identified all grease and oil products in the kit (4 in total) as cannot be shipped intl.

I have opted to remove and discard them and continue to send the opened kit intl...

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