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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by rotheblog » November 22nd, 2018, 1:58 am

Would anyone be willing to take the time to update this comparison? I'm trying to understand these proxy services now, and am actively looking through this site for additional perspectives from folks that have used them.

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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by nem » November 22nd, 2018, 3:03 pm

I used Shopping Mall Japan earlier this year. $4 flat fee per item, plus bank transfer fees and internal postage. They offer different options for external postage (ie. from them to you) which I like. Not everything needs to be shipped by EMS. I used SAL.

You have to put down a deposit for the service. They give you a ~6x multiplier for it, so a 50 USD deposit gets you a 30,000 JPY max bid.

I was happy with the service.

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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by Layer » November 23rd, 2018, 7:36 am

rotheblog wrote:
November 22nd, 2018, 1:58 am
Would anyone be willing to take the time to update this comparison? I'm trying to understand these proxy services now, and am actively looking through this site for additional perspectives from folks that have used them.
Recently, Fromjapan has allowed the possibility of bidding via Paypal, this means you have no deposit amount to place, and if you lose the auction you would have nothing to pay.

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Post by garrz32 » November 23rd, 2018, 12:44 pm

I use FromJapan, not sure if they're the cheapest for this service but the following points sway it for me

They will mark the parcel as gift and their site lets you mark the value down on the items you have bought. This is a no brainer for me.

Customs can lick my hairy balls :awe:

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Post by zak » October 23rd, 2019, 3:04 pm

UPDATE:

Pretty important one - FromJapan won't let you declare the value of your choice on invoices anymore. You can declare 70% of the item value (not less).

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Post by garrz32 » October 23rd, 2019, 3:11 pm

zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 3:04 MP
UPDATE:

Pretty important one - FromJapan won't let you declare the value of your choice on invoices anymore. You can declare 70% of the item value (not less).
:( FFS

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Post by zak » October 23rd, 2019, 3:20 pm

garrz32 wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 3:11 MP
zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 3:04 MP
UPDATE:

Pretty important one - FromJapan won't let you declare the value of your choice on invoices anymore. You can declare 70% of the item value (not less).
:( FFS
Fortunately, we still have rancor! :)

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Post by suicider » October 23rd, 2019, 4:18 pm

zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 3:04 MP
UPDATE:

Pretty important one - FromJapan won't let you declare the value of your choice on invoices anymore. You can declare 70% of the item value (not less).
Do you have a source for this? I have two items in their warehouse and I still can declare whichever value I want.

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Post by zak » October 23rd, 2019, 4:43 pm

suicider wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 4:18 MP
zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 3:04 MP
UPDATE:

Pretty important one - FromJapan won't let you declare the value of your choice on invoices anymore. You can declare 70% of the item value (not less).
Do you have a source for this? I have two items in their warehouse and I still can declare whichever value I want.
Yes, directly from Gwen at FJ. I think it might just be the UK:

"Regarding your inquiry, we can confirm that due to recent issues with the
UK customs involving the undervaluing of items by our customers we can no longer offer to
modify the values more than 30%. We regret any inconveniences caused
by this and thank you for your understanding."

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Post by suicider » October 23rd, 2019, 4:48 pm

Well, okay :( Would be the coffin nail for this proxy service in case they remove this 'feature'. Let's see how this evolves. Anyways, it would suck for sure.

Are there other proxies that allow to change the invoice value?

PS: What was your inquiry if I may ask?

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Post by zak » October 23rd, 2019, 5:01 pm

suicider wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 4:48 MP

PS: What was your inquiry if I may ask?
I had a bunch of tat sitting in their warehouse for weeks. so I decided to ship out before the cut off storage time. A friend alerted me and that's when I saw the value declaration change.

I sent them the following email:

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Many thanks for your email.

I was able to select the invoice value of my choice, but now it has changed and only lets you modify it to 70% of the original value.

For example, if an item is worth 10,000yen, I can only reduce the value to 7,000yen on the shipping instruction.

Before it would let you reduce to any value. I believe this is a recent change?


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Post by garrz32 » October 23rd, 2019, 5:07 pm

zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 4:43 MP
suicider wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 4:18 MP
zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 3:04 MP
UPDATE:

Pretty important one - FromJapan won't let you declare the value of your choice on invoices anymore. You can declare 70% of the item value (not less).
Do you have a source for this? I have two items in their warehouse and I still can declare whichever value I want.
Yes, directly from Gwen at FJ. I think it might just be the UK:

"Regarding your inquiry, we can confirm that due to recent issues with the
UK customs involving the undervaluing of items by our customers we can no longer offer to
modify the values more than 30%. We regret any inconveniences caused
by this and thank you for your understanding."
Ohh No doubt , heaven forbid UK Customs miss their slice of pie. pricks!!

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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by zak » October 23rd, 2019, 5:15 pm

They're definitely going to lose all their UK customers.

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Post by suicider » October 23rd, 2019, 6:00 pm

Ok, then it really must be a UK thing as I've shipped several parcels in the last couple of days and didn't encounter any problems. I'm sorry for you guys :(

Hopefully that doesn't catch on to other countries as well. I'm still having problems to imagine how the UK customs did pinpoint this down solely to one company (FJ). I'd guess there are thousands of parcels coming in each day and it would be impossible to check them all for undervaluing.

And what I don't understand: Why would FJ still allow you to (under)value your parcels at 70%. Doesn't really make sense.

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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by EOJ » October 23rd, 2019, 11:06 pm

suicider wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 6:00 MP
I'm still having problems to imagine how the UK customs did pinpoint this down solely to one company (FJ). I'd guess there are thousands of parcels coming in each day and it would be impossible to check them all for undervaluing.
Probably every single parcel from FJ was marked down to a super cheap value over a long period of time, and after seeing 1000+ of these they probably sat up and said "hey, wait a minute...".

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Post by garrz32 » October 24th, 2019, 7:14 am

EOJ wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 11:06 MP

Probably every single parcel from FJ was marked down to a super cheap value over a long period of time, and after seeing 1000+ of these they probably sat up and said "hey, wait a minute...".
This ..totally agree with that statement.

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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by cools » October 24th, 2019, 7:43 am

zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 5:15 MP
They're definitely going to lose all their UK customers.
I don't ask them to mark down.
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Post by zak » October 24th, 2019, 8:30 am

cools wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 7:43 am
zak wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 5:15 MP
They're definitely going to lose all their UK customers.
I don't ask them to mark down.
They're definitely keeping at least 1 UK customer.

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Post by phillv85 » October 24th, 2019, 8:31 am

It might be for insurance purposes. That's the reason SMJ won't mark the value down to ridiculously low levels. I still use Buyee who stopped marking down years ago due to them having (in my opinion) the best interface.

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Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Post by markedkiller78 » October 24th, 2019, 9:05 am

It’s not the import charges, it’s the handling fee I have issue with.

If one of them allowed you to pay the import charges up front, that would be the perfect set imo.

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