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Import stores list

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:12 am
by Von-Zipper
1) Deputy Services (Yahoo Japan!, Segadirect, Amazon.jp, etc.)

  • gamengai

    Check out the help section for details.

    Sorry for the mod edit, but the other proxies are now competitors though. I'll leave the stores up.
    -GP



2) Import stores

Here is a quite complete list : http://hg101.classicgaming.gamespy.com/ ... tores.html

3) eBay stores

- http://stores.ebay.fr/Import-Games-Japan (Saturn & Neogeo - fair prices)
- http://stores.ebay.fr/Mad-Gear-LLC (a whole bunch of rare & diverse games - prices remain a little bit high)
- http://stores.ebay.fr/qz-box-JAPAN-O-L-D-GAME-MANIA
- http://stores.ebay.com/SATURN-STAR (many many brand new SS games, but look at the prices)
- http://stores.ebay.fr/Palet-mail-service-division
- http://stores.ebay.fr/Used-Video-Game-Shop-Yamatoku

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:48 pm
by Gaijin Punch
Good idea. I'll sticky this.
I'm definitely not the person to ask about this. I've used PLay Asia like 3 times, and that's it.

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:19 pm
by icycalm
http://www.videogamedepot.com/shop/index.asp?bhcp=1

I used to know the guy who owned the place, and I could vouch for their service. Unfortunately, the site has been under new management for the last 2 years or so, and I don't know how things are now. It looks like they are less into import games than they used to be.

Japan Game Stock

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:40 pm
by CDoty
Japan Game Stock (http://www.japangamestock.com/).

The prices are fairly reasonable, and the selection is good. I've ordered from them 2 or 3 times without any problems.

Re: Import stores list

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:47 pm
by CDoty
Von-Zipper wrote:- http://otaku-ya.swee.to/ : the only one I've ever used. The guy speaks in broken English (as me) but he's very nice, very fast and very reliable. And maybe the lowest fees on the "deputy services" market.


This seems like a good one when buying cheap games. A 100 yen game would only cost $3 more.

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:10 pm
by zinger
http://www.videogameimports.com/ - Super expensive, but they do have a lot of rare stuff in mint condition. Very reliable, fast and friendly guys.

http://genkivideogames.com/ - Who paid us a visit in the Buy & Sell forums. Reasonable prices and great stuff in stock, haven't got anything from them yet though.

http://superfamishop.com/ - Not much of a store anymore. Most of what's interesting to me atleast (16 & 32 BIT), is pretty much gone now. There's a little left in the sales section. Reliable, and mostly decent prices.

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:16 am
by Von-Zipper
Otaku Ya used to be a friendly guy, but recently he made me a dirty trick... And from now on, he will only trade w/ UK, Canada and US.

As you previously said CDoty, nice for small things, but always prefer more "professional" services for bigger quantities.

Posted: Tue May 02, 2006 11:20 am
by Recap
Just wondering if any of you has dealt with these guys:

http://www.toysnjoys.com/welcome.html

They have a long list of supposedly factory-sealed games in their non-budget, original editions, but they didn't confirmed that when they replied my e-mail. I also want to know if they sell Asian ("for home use only") versions as Japanese ("for Japan only") like many people do.

Opinions?

(GP: they seem to be Hawaii-based; do you know them?)

Posted: Tue May 02, 2006 11:34 am
by Gaijin Punch
They are Hawaii based. I have been to one of their stores. It was not bad. They indeed had some sealed games, but I didn't notice too much retro stuff that was sealed. Apparently the GBA games I was looking at (they had Koutetsu no Teikoku) were new, but I noticed that that one at least had some damage.

In store, they are very friendly. However, I've heard nothing but badness about them online. Very slow, and non-responsive, which is strange, b/c there's a few stores.

Posted: Tue May 02, 2006 6:07 pm
by Von-Zipper
All of the GBA games seem to be out of stock... I ask them for the availability of few games and the response was always the same : NO !
including this f***** BB old & new

Posted: Wed May 03, 2006 9:50 am
by Recap
Thanks. They're indeed 'non-responsive'. I'll try with a couple of games anyhow. Let's see what happens.






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Posted: Wed May 03, 2006 11:25 am
by EOJ
I live across the street from their Waialae store. :) They have some cool stuff in there now (last time I was in there they had a stack of PS2 Ibaras on display).

Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 11:31 am
by BloodyMario
Retroreus He's not selling anything at the moment, and he used to have a store BUT look at his past auctions too see what he may have (from Sega Aiwa CD to MSX games).
He'll soon auction a full Neo Geo CD collection (I think they were around 100 games)
He also has one of the best packagings I've ever seen, so I totally recommend him.

Posted: Sat May 27, 2006 10:12 am
by layzee
What was this "dirty trick" Otaku Ya done? Will he trade with me?

[strike]Also, how long has Crescent Shop been down and when will it be back up?[/strike]

Update date about the new system on May 30, 2006.

Thank you for your patience for our new website.

We finally finished modifying most of new system.
We are reopening our website from next week.

Opening Date and Time : June 5th (Monday) at 1:00 PM (Japanese Time)

We have changed some policies for bidding and payment.
We are now preparing the instructions for them.
Please read the instructions before you order new items.

Major big changes are:

1) We use Automated Bidding System that can allow you to bid auctions real time.
2) We reduced our fees on winning price more than 40000 yen.
3) And much more !

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:44 pm
by Greatsaintlouis
Sorry to pull this up from the grave, but I had a few stores to mention:

http://www.akibado.com
Y! Japan proxy bidder. Cheaper rates than Celga or Rinkya by just a bit, and arguably one of the most professional-looking auction proxy sites out there--you definitely feel like you're buying from a real company and not some basement enterprise. They also have a sort of courier service--if you want something outside of YJ, they'll have a hunt through various online shops (and possibly even some brick-and-morter stores, though I wasn't entirely clear on that) and give you the lowest price. Fees are a bit higher than for their YJ auctions, but it can be an invaluable service if you're looking for rarities or stuff not likely to hit YJ. Done business with them a few times before, always satisfied.

http://www.himeyashop.com
Himeya, store specializing in Japanese PC titles, though they also have a fair selection of console games too, though the prices on those are nothing to scream about. Prices are fair if not a bit spendy; games are usually pretty close to their original retail cost. They're also really good about locating titles they don't carry. I've bought from them several times and have been totally satisfied each time. They're really quick to respond to e-mails, too.

http://www.paletweb.com
Palet Mail Service, on eBay as palet_th. Carry a good deal of used console titles as well as a growing selection of PC games. They also have a rather large doujin section, so if you're looking for that copy of Perfect Cherry Blossom on the cheap, they're the way to go. Prices are a good bit cheaper than Himeya's, but their selection is also a little smaller. However, they are more than willing to go have a look around for a special request title. Also good with responding to e-mails, although the English is just a little broken. Highly recommended.

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:31 am
by GenkiVideoGames.com
Just wanted to say thanks for the mention. It's always nice to know such knowledgable gamers as frequent this site are passing by. And as ever we always appreciate any feedback or requests for games. Hopefully we'll be able to get them in quite cheap too. There are already a few we've added thanks to the wealth of riches on this site.
Anyway happy gaming.

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:12 pm
by cenobite
Greatsaintlouis wrote:http://www.akibado.com
Y! Japan proxy bidder. Cheaper rates than Celga or Rinkya by just a bit, and arguably one of the most professional-looking auction proxy sites out there--you definitely feel like you're buying from a real company and not some basement enterprise. They also have a sort of courier service--if you want something outside of YJ, they'll have a hunt through various online shops (and possibly even some brick-and-morter stores, though I wasn't entirely clear on that) and give you the lowest price. Fees are a bit higher than for their YJ auctions, but it can be an invaluable service if you're looking for rarities or stuff not likely to hit YJ. Done business with them a few times before, always satisfied.

This one seems pretty interesting to me.
But I have a question: What if I don't win the auction?
The akibado-homepage says something about "deposit" which I don't fully
understand. Does it mean that, even if I don't win the auction, my money
stays with akibado until it's used for, like, another auction?


ceno

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:41 am
by Greatsaintlouis
Basically, you can do it either way: Keep your Paypal amount on file with Akibado until you find something else that catches your fancy, or have them refund the money. There's probably the usual processing delay for them to get it back to you, but they state they'll refund it any time. No mention of if they take the 3% Paypal fee into account, though.

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:02 am
by cenobite
Ah, okay, thank you very much Image
Although the website is done very well, I got a little
bit confused due to the slightly broken English Image

But I guess I'll give it a try in the next couple o' days!


ceno

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:42 am
by Gaijin Punch
After doing the math, Akibado and Celga both are much cheaper than Rinkya, no? Rinkya charges a flat $15 handling fee for everything. Trust me... that's where they're making their money. Most of the time you can get a single CD game shipped to you, all fees included for about $4. Seems that Akibado and Celga charge a more "real" price for domestic shipping.

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:09 pm
by cenobite
I thought I'll write something about Akibado here since I'm recently having
some problems with them.

On August 12th I won an auction using their "Auction Agent". So far it all
worked really well and without any problems.

But that's where the good part ends (sadly).
It's pretty much 1 full month later know and I still haven't recieved ANY eMail
from them if my item has arrived at their office or not, the members page
still lists the auction as "won / awaiting item".

I also wrote them an eMail regarding this problem last wednesday but so far
I didn't recieve an answer either.

Well I guess my 3600 yen are just gone Image


ceno

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:40 pm
by GenkiVideoGames.com
No one has ever used an auction agent site here so hopefully one of the other members can be of assistance. But if you have given up on seeing the game again, I don't know if you'd like for us to do you a good deal on whatever it was (presuming we have it in stock) just as some compensation for your bad experience? Not much help, but I'm not sure what else we can do... :(
Danke!

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:25 am
by cenobite
Well, thanks for the offer, but I already found the game again on eBay (lol).

It was this auction on Yahoo! Auctions:
http://page5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e58383292
(Closing price: 3,110 Yen)

And just last week I found this on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0023209109
(Take a look at the price ^^)

I already bought from hit-japan several times before and so far I never had
any problems. So I'm not sad about the game itself but for my money! :-/
I could have spend it for Seireki 1999AD.. Image


ceno

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:07 am
by GenkiVideoGames.com
Our pleasure. Bitteschon. Sorry there are such unscrupulous traders out there. Mind how you go.

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:21 pm
by cenobite
Just wanted to give a short update to the "Akibado Situation".

The game has finally arrived at their office!
Remember - The auction ended on August 12th, so it's almost 2 months!

During this time I didn't recieve any response to my eMails.
I just hope now the game won't take another 2 months to arrive here Image


ceno