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Datschge Apr 7, 2006

Man in the Desert wrote:

Oh, and also jb, what's Kahori?

That's the woman who runs the vgmworld shop, offered plenty otherwise Japan-exclusives through it and was already known as great seller on ebay before that.

jb Apr 8, 2006

Man in the Desert wrote:
Stephen wrote:

Nice list Mr. Desert, but how many of those have you used?

I've used CDJapan(bought the very last Cowboy Bebop Limited Edition OST Box Set they had)
Animenation
Anime Corner Store
Amazon
VGM
Otokichi Premium
Yahoo Japan Auctions(through Rinkya)

All of the rest are back-up plans/"looking for the absolute cheapest price and I'm willing to sift though all of these to find it". 



Hey, jb, how did you order from Amazon Japan?  I tried once and when I got to the address part(where to send it), my address had to be Japan.  Erm......what'd I do wrong?

There's a button or link you press to input an International Address.

Stephen Apr 9, 2006

Man in the Desert wrote:

Oh, and also jb, what's Kahori?

Kahori owns and operates vgmworld.com and cocoebiz.com.  Her online alias is "cocoebiz."

When you order stuff from VGMWorld, you interact with her.

Stephen Apr 9, 2006

jb wrote:

I order everything from amazon japan, and if they don't have something (very rare they don't have it), it's probably a special order Kahori has.  I don't like to order from Kahori because EMS shipping is completely random.  I ordered Breath of Fire box and Sailing to the World Piano in separate orders.  Breath of Fire took a day to get to my house.  Sailling to the World still hasn't gotten here.   EMS shipping is just generally unreliable so I tend not to go with sites that have EMS shipping as their fastest available (CDJapan, Kahori).  She's unmatched in promotional sales, hard to find special orders and the cool "her site only" stuff, though, so sometimes I have no choice smile

I'm not sure why you have shipping problems with EMS.  I've never had any issues with EMS shipping from Japan.  The only significant place where irregularities occur is customs.

Lucy Apr 20, 2008

It's a bit strange with Amazon.jp. I bought some Sonic CDs and the shipping will begin the coming week.. but they haven't made any steps for charging my creditcard.

I ordered the Sonic Adventure OST and both Sonic Heroes CDs. Could it be because the SA OST will be reprinted and they waiting for its delivery? Honestly I don't know what's going on...

Herrkotowski Apr 24, 2008

I almost exclusively use CDJapan. I don't mind paying extra for EMS shipping, especially when I get most CDs I preorder on or before the actual release date. Heck, I got Forest of Glass on the release date and Soma Bringer on March 31st! Go figure!

I'll order from VGMWorld when CDJapan doesn't have something I'm looking for.

shdwrlm3 Apr 24, 2008

Lucy wrote:

It's a bit strange with Amazon.jp. I bought some Sonic CDs and the shipping will begin the coming week.. but they haven't made any steps for charging my creditcard.

My understanding is that many Japanese companies wait until the end of the month to charge credit cards. In fact, I've had some companies wait up to 3 months before charging me.

Herrkotowski wrote:

I almost exclusively use CDJapan. I don't mind paying extra for EMS shipping, especially when I get most CDs I preorder on or before the actual release date. Heck, I got Forest of Glass on the release date and Soma Bringer on March 31st! Go figure!

HMV has much cheaper shipping rates, especially when ordering multiple CDs. The only downside is that they arguably don't pack with as much care as CDJapan. Still, I haven't yet had any cracked CD cases from HMV.

HMV also has a better point system. At HMV you'd have to spend 50000 yen for a 2500 yen discount. If you spent 50000 yen at CDJapan you would only get a 1500 yen discount. Additionally, HMV often offers double points on CDs, so theoretically you could get a 2500 yen discount on a 25000 yen order. On the other hand, CDJapan does offer 500 yen coupons on your birthday and usually at least one other time a year.

It is worth noting that CDJapan has extremely good customer support. I used CDJapan exclusively for years, and they were always very  accomodating if and when I had problems.

Carl Apr 25, 2008

If you find yourself in Akihabara, I have two words to remember:
Super. Potato.

They have an impressive spread of vgm, covering practically all companies/publishers and with lot of oldies and rarities, so it was a good representation of the whole history of vgm in a nutshell. 

While the rarities were priced accordingly to what you'd pay at Yahoo Japan Auctions, it was cool to be browsing YJA physically instead of virtually.  smile

And if a big thumbs-up approval to their stellar CD selections wasn't enough, head up to the top floor to their classic arcade lounge.  Old school atmosphere provided by loads of 8bit advertisement posters lining the walls, and even a huge throne-room chair built entirely out of Famicom cartridges... 

(Yes, imagine a big chair built made of lego-blocks, but replace the legos with Famicom carts glued together.  Freaking awesome.)

Qui-Gon Joe Apr 25, 2008

Carl wrote:

If you find yourself in Akihabara, I have two words to remember:
Super. Potato.

So true.  It's one of my absolute favorite stops in Akihabara.  Interestingly, the floor with the game music is actually quite new.  It was only there for my last year or so in Japan, if not the last six months.  Another great place to look for game music CDs would be Liberty.  There are at least three of their locations in Akihabara that sell game music, and I found some decent stuff there.  If anybody's ever going to be heading to Japan, I can give more specific directions to find stuff, assuming all the stores I liked remain open (loads of changes in that area lately... I mourned the loss of my favorite new game/music store, Yamagiwa Soft).

That said, why are we talking about these in an online vgm shop thread?

Drakken May 6, 2008 (edited May 6, 2008)

I'm interested in buying an OST from Amazon Japan. I'd be buying it used from the Marketplace, though (so, from a user and not Amazon itself). From those who have shopped there before, is there any way to guard against receiving bootlegs? One step would be to only order from sellers with near-100% feedback, I'd imagine, but there's still a chance of receiving bootlegs, no?

Also, so far I've tried checking out with two different sellers, and once I put in my address (using the International Address page) it said they didn't couldn't ship to my address. Is it hard to find sellers who ship to America?

Any other tips for buying on Amazon Japan would be appreciated. smile

EDIT: Also, I'm trying to determine if some of the sellers are selling this disc only. When I run the seller comments through translation websites, I often see "no band," "no belt," or "with a belt." Does "no band" mean it doesn't have the case (it's disc only)? And with a band/belt means it comes with the case?

Here's the product page with the different sellers offering it, btw. Sorry if I'm asking too many questions here, but this is my first time doing something like this.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listin … f=dp_olp_2

Carl May 7, 2008

The band/belt refers to the OBI/Spinecard.
If the web translation says "no belt" then it doesn't include the obi. 

I haven't tried buying from other amazon USERS, but would estimate it could cause problems since the seller likely isn't expecting an international buyer.

TerraEpon May 7, 2008

Carl wrote:

I haven't tried buying from other amazon USERS, but would estimate it could cause problems since the seller likely isn't expecting an international buyer.

Well on Amazon US you can select to ship international or not (and have to proactively check it for yes). I assume it's the same way in Japan -- so it theoretically shouldn't cause problems as it's up to the seller in the first place (i.e. Amazon won't let you buy if the seller didn't check it)


-Joshua

Megadeth Apr 8, 2010 (edited Apr 8, 2010)

Carl wrote:

If you find yourself in Akihabara, I have two words to remember:
Super. Potato.

They have an impressive spread of vgm, covering practically all companies/publishers and with lot of oldies and rarities, so it was a good representation of the whole history of vgm in a nutshell. 

While the rarities were priced accordingly to what you'd pay at Yahoo Japan Auctions, it was cool to be browsing YJA physically instead of virtually.  smile

And if a big thumbs-up approval to their stellar CD selections wasn't enough, head up to the top floor to their classic arcade lounge.  Old school atmosphere provided by loads of 8bit advertisement posters lining the walls, and even a huge throne-room chair built entirely out of Famicom cartridges... 

(Yes, imagine a big chair built made of lego-blocks, but replace the legos with Famicom carts glued together.  Freaking awesome.)

too bad it's all in Japanese :\
http://www.superpotato.com/

zaphiel Sep 10, 2010

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know of a good seller on Amazon.co.jp Marketplace.

ジャックフロストのおもちゃ箱  (´・w・`)ノ
Jack Frost's Toybox
http://mkpl.jp/seller/A1JKV5Y7UY12F2/

The seller there, Ikuo has many game CDs at reasonable prices (At least reasonable to me when you have to buy through a middle-man). More importantly, he ships overseas!

I've also found that a small number of Japanese sellers will ship overseas. If you find one you like, you can put their store name into http://mkpl.jp/ and a list of all their items may pop up.

Just thought everyone might want to know!

Ramza Jun 29, 2012

bump!

I was looking for a way to order SuperSweep releases (specifically, the 999 sequel "Virtue's Last Reward") and I came across a site called CDBanq.com

I'd never heard of it before, but they seem to have some interesting stock selections.

I placed an order, we'll see what comes of it and I'll give a review about how they are as a retailer at that point. Until then, has anyone else bought from them?

Ramza

XLord007 Jun 30, 2012

Ramza wrote:

I was looking for a way to order SuperSweep releases (specifically, the 999 sequel "Virtue's Last Reward") and I came across a site called CDBanq.com

If that doesn't work out, you can always use CD Japan's Special Request Service. I've been getting all of my Super Sweep stuff that way and have had no issues.

Herrkotowski Jul 1, 2012

XLord007 wrote:
Ramza wrote:

I was looking for a way to order SuperSweep releases (specifically, the 999 sequel "Virtue's Last Reward") and I came across a site called CDBanq.com

If that doesn't work out, you can always use CD Japan's Special Request Service. I've been getting all of my Super Sweep stuff that way and have had no issues.

You can already get that album from CDJapan without the Special Request service:

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=SRIN-1094

Ramza Jul 28, 2012

hey all, just wanted to report in on CDBanq.

I ordered 3 CDs to go in one shipment: The Black*Rock Shooter OST, its relevant single (One OK Rock Re:Make/NO-SCARED), and the VLR soundtrack.

Two weeks later they email me saying they regret to inform me that they weren't able to get the VLR soundtrack and it'd take them awhile to get it from SuperSweep. So they refunded me the amount for that and shipped the other two.

They came quickly, in a nicely-wrapped small box, from Taipei Taiwan. In terms of cost, comparing this order to cheapest shipping from CD Japan, I think I saved a negligible amount (about $2.50).

In the future I'll probably just stick w/ CD Japan but it's good to know there are other options. ^_^

LiquidAcid Jul 29, 2012

Kind of in line with my experience with CDBanq. Only that I ordered just one album (the first Atelier jazz arrange one, Cadena) and I had to write _them_ (after waiting an insane amount of time) asking about the delay. Turned out that they couldn't source the album at all, despite what the shop interface indicated. Order was therefore cancelled and I finally got my refund after another week of waiting. Another week later they finally managed to update their shop data, now reflecting that the album was not available from them. Confusingly they call this "Out of Print":
Cadena@CDBanq

You know what I call that? Scam. They could never source the damn thing in the first place.

First and last time I dealt with CDBanq. If you want to do business, then you have to present reliable information in the shop interface. And if something turns out to be unavailable at the moment, then you've to relay this information to the customer, and not just simply sit it out. Same reason why I quit using PlayAsia years back.

Naturpiano Dec 19, 2012

Too bad for VGMWorld...:(  I bought so much from there.

By the way, I found that this small shop offers 15% off during Christmas season with this coupon code : "wayonoel2012". The catalogue is limited to few CDs though, but the recent album "Black Ocean" from Masashi Hamauzu (officially composing for FFXIII-3 Lightning returns!)  is quite great and worth its price.

http://shop.wayorecords.net/index.php?lang_id=2

Ashley Winchester Dec 7, 2013

Naturpiano wrote:

Too bad for VGMWorld...:(  I bought so much from there.

Yeah, I just tried to go here so yeah... I'm really surprised.

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