Buying Japanese goods from stores that will not ship overseas without Paying Deputy Comission.
I learned about Tenso a few weeks ago. A friend of mine ordered some figures using Tenso he praised them for being fast and affordable. He usually uses Crescent or Rinkya said using Tenso saved him about $45 dollars.
Please take note that currently Tenso can only ship to the following locations( Asia ) ( North and Central American region ) ( Oceania ) ( Middle East ) ( Europe ) ( South America )
A lot of Japanese websites do not ship outside Japan. When you sign up for Tenso they give you an address in Japan. It is very simular to a P.O Box, but when your items arrive you are notified by email. After paying a handling charge and the ems shipping fee for your item it is shipped to you. The handling charge goes by weight.
For the first 10,000 customers the handling prices are
Up to 1kg :490yen
Up to 1～3kg :980yen
Up to 3～5kg :1580yen
Up to 5kg～10kg :1980yen
Up to 10kg～20kg :2980yen
Up to 20kg～30kg :3980yen
The prices after that promotion are
Up to 1kg :1000
Up to 1～3kg :1500
Up to 3～5kg :2500
Up to 5kg～10kg :4000
Up to 10kg～20kg :6000
Up to 20kg～30kg :8000
Even after the intro promotion it's still a lot better than using a shopping service.
The good points
- Can order from online sites and catelogs.
- Low handling fee
- Accepts paypal
- Easy to use copy to clipboard feature makes it easy to input your tenso address in the signup form for Japanese webshop.
The bad points
- You have to either be able to translate Japanese or use a translator.
- They do not offer combined shipping.
- The website you wish to order from must accept credit card payment. Websites that require Bank or Postal transfer (Like Alchemic Lab, Paraiso) are not supported.
- If you wish to use Y!Japan Auction you must sign up for it seperately.*
* When you do a free signup for Y!Japan auction you can place a bid up to 4,999 yen (about $50 dollars) to bid on something that cost more than 4,999 yen you must have a Yahoo! Premium membership. Yahoo! Premium cost 346 yen (about $4 dollars) a month plus tax. NOTE: There is an english version of Yahoo! Japan auction
but you can not search japanese terms and it only has some of the categories the regular Japanese site has. I was not able to get a BJD result when I tried the english version :/
Despite the limitations, Tenso
can be really usefull. I'll try to compile a list of sites that have doll goods that Tenso
will allow you to order from soon. I tried to make a list but a lot of my links were event only seller :<
http://www.dollmall.jp/ ( Clothes and Accesories)
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/zephyr1/533663/ (Doll Wigs)
http://dollshop.ocnk.net/ (Wigs, eyes, shoes,clothes) This site does not require the use of Tenso, Accepts Paypal and Ships with EMS
http://www.miruya.com/ (Wigs & Shoes)
I will add further updates later ....