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Old Oct 11, 2020, 09:13 PM
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The biggest pain for Buyee for me was consolidating all the boxes into one big box, whereas White Rabbit will take them all out and put them into one box. And the fees too but they did months where “Shipping Free or the processing fees free” or something which was nice.
I haven’t used them since February last year so I don’t know if they still do them nor not.
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Old Mar 26, 2021, 05:57 PM
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So I found lots of stuff on Mercari that I wanted to buy, so I used Buyee. My first items arrived at the warehouse on March 2. Stuff kept popping up, so I bought more items up until last week.

Well... sellers are taking their sweet time, and it's almost the end of the month, but next to all my items it says "Free storage period 30 days left."

I looked at the storage guide and it says that the first 30 days are free and fees start after that.

Did they extend their free storage period? I know Zenmarket did.
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Old Mar 26, 2021, 08:46 PM
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If Mercari had a decent structure I'd be able to browse it like Yahoo. Unfortunately it seems made by progressive millennials who only had smartphones in their lives.

I guess Buyee doesn't have a countdown by day so all of a sudden it will change from "30 days left" to " daily fee charged from today" ?
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Old Mar 27, 2021, 01:47 AM
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I'm in .au so most restrictions still apply. The mistake I made was that I consolidated my packages so now they're too large to ship, and they refuse to unconsolidate it or split them up and ship multiple packages. So because of that, my stuff is just stuck there.
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That sucks. Hopefully they can keep it until the planet overlords decide we can ship packages again.
Well, it doesn't look like EMS or economy mail anytime soon.

To summarise the situation up to now, the virus lockdowns back in March 2020 meant that EMS was no longer available and the only option was DHS, which was overpriced. So I just left my packages at Buyee... for one year (lol) and at no further cost to myself.

I wonder how many other people had no storage fees. This "no storage fee" (usually only 30 days free) grace period was only supposed to be temporary but I guess the virus lockdown/shipping restriction situation had more permanent effects than expected. I also wonder how big Buyee's storage facilities are.

Anyway, recently FedEx was made available (with prices and delivery speeds comparable with EMS) so I finally had my stuff shipped over. I wish I had my stuff shipped by cheap boat mail back in March 2020.

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If Mercari had a decent structure I'd be able to browse it like Yahoo. Unfortunately it seems made by progressive millennials who only had smartphones in their lives.
The category structure on Mercari is pretty barebones. There's no "game music" category and video games can't even be browsed by console or game company.

To paraphrase a certain person and taking a more general view: the Mobile Phone Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the Internet.
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Old Jun 3, 2021, 02:10 AM
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Finding a good proxy can indeed be very difficult. Have been importing for many years now and I don't know how many proxy/forwarding services I've been registered with now. Sooner or later there is always trouble because of incompetence on their part. Considering how much money is being made with the business, I do wonder why no proper company has moved into the space yet.

As for Mercari: Their website is somewhat of a pain and their search function is pretty garbage but it has the advantages of sellers often times paying the local shipping costs, being able to communicate with the seller (like asking them to put more pictures of an item online or haggling (which Japanese do at least)), being able to find items for under value (ideally before they are snacked by merchants who then put it onto YA) and, due to their bad search function, find rare items that haven't been bought yet.
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Old Jun 3, 2021, 02:21 AM
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As for Mercari: Their website is somewhat of a pain and their search function is pretty garbage but it has the advantages of sellers often times paying the local shipping costs, being able to communicate with the seller (like asking them to put more pictures of an item online or haggling (which Japanese do at least))
I'd like to register an account but foreigners are blocked. Will a Japanese VPN work?
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I'd like to register an account but foreigners are blocked. Will a Japanese VPN work?
Well, I have only dealt with Mercari via proxy services who will typically translate and relay messages. Generally though, a VPN should certainly work but what are you going to do when it comes to shipping if you have no physical address in Japan as well as possibly no proper paying method? Unless you only want to do it for direct communications, then it shouldn't be an issue (though, as said, proxy services do it for you no problem, typically pretty quickly too).
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Well, I have only dealt with Mercari via proxy services who will typically translate and relay messages. Generally though, a VPN should certainly work but what are you going to do when it comes to shipping if you have no physical address in Japan as well as possibly no proper paying method? Unless you only want to do it for direct communications, then it shouldn't be an issue (though, as said, proxy services do it for you no problem, typically pretty quickly too).
Mainly for direct communication with sellers on there as well as to check if there's any good saved search functions and/or better browsing/searching experiences by having an account. For now I just make do with manual bookmarks.

In any case, I should get a Japanese VPN anyway.
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Mainly for direct communication with sellers on there as well as to check if there's any good saved search functions and/or better browsing/searching experiences by having an account. For now I just make do with manual bookmarks.

In any case, I should get a Japanese VPN anyway.
Do you speak Japanese? I do hope so since a decent number of sellers hate dealing with foreigners either writing in a non-Japanese language or using a translator (especially if the website has an IP block in place). And yeah, I also have my bookmarks all over the place.

Hm, it does seem like the registration requires a Japanese IP. Though, this can also be done with a free proxy and a browser addon or something along those lines. As for VPNs, I know ProtonVPN has a Japanese one in their free offering. Never used the service, so I don't know how good it is. I also do hope you can deal with the phone verification which will likely also require a number situated within Japan.
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