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YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: July 17th, 2012, 12:20 am
by davewellington
YAJ Proxy Services

So, I got bored one evening and decided to put together this document to see which Proxy Service is the best :) I've highlighted the best service at each price point.
Looking for feedback from everyone, so if you see any mistakes, have any feedback about any service, or know of any services I don't have please let me know :D

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: July 17th, 2012, 9:00 am
by Casey120
Great idea , I always use SMJ but now can compare ...........and stay put :awe:



Some pluck that Chicken real good :problem:

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: July 17th, 2012, 5:43 pm
by AeroCityMayor
Hi D,

I'm completely confused at the Celga fees as they are nothing like what I pay?????????????????????

From their FAQ:
Celga wrote:Here is a chart of our fees for items up to 50,000 yen:

Up to 1,000 yen $5 (minimum fee per transaction/auction/shop item)
1,001 to 10,000 yen $10
10,001 to 20,000 yen $20
20,001 to 30,000 yen $30
30,001 to 40,000 yen $40
40,001 to 50,000 yen $50
Their exchange rate is ¥75 to the US dollar so $5usd = ¥375 not ¥525

Similarly, $10usd = ¥750 not ¥900

You look to have overestimated their fees by 40%

Am I missing something?

Cheers,

Ralph.

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: July 17th, 2012, 7:47 pm
by davewellington
Celga: 1,001 to 10,000 yen = $10
$10 * CelgaExchangeRate (74 yen, just updated) = ¥740

But then:
celga wrote:The final cost for any item will be the purchase price or auction final value price plus the bank wire transfer fee, internal shipping from the seller to Celga's Japanese facilities, international shipping from Celga to you, and the fees for Celga's services. Please see below for the details of each of these charges.
They charge $2 for the bank wiring fee (in my experience), so $2* CelgaExchangeRate = ¥148, overall total ¥888, which is what I have :) Some services charge it, some don't, the ones that do have it added in.

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: July 17th, 2012, 8:13 pm
by davewellington
I should mention the page is based around making a single transaction, or multiple transactions from a single seller (so just 1 bank transfer fee). Could possible develop the thing into a calculator, but really I just made it out of interest and don't know if I can be bothered (if you can, let me know).

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: July 29th, 2012, 9:43 pm
by kazuo
Wow.

And I thought SMJ was overpriced.

Thanks for putting that together! Very, very helpful.

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: September 26th, 2012, 2:38 pm
by geotrig
dave would it not make sense to add this to the "locating stuff on yaj" thread maybe,or else it will be lost

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: September 26th, 2012, 11:33 pm
by davewellington
I tried making it a sticky but I don't have the magic powers required :(

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: September 28th, 2012, 12:44 pm
by SuperPang
Shazam!

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: November 15th, 2012, 3:12 pm
by codecrank
Thanks Dave!

Don't think I'll be using Rynkia anymore...

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: November 15th, 2012, 3:41 pm
by moshpit
Great thread! Thank you Dave :)

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: January 12th, 2013, 3:15 am
by davewellington
Updated today, exchange rate has been changing quite a bit lately so i'll keep an eye on it.

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: January 13th, 2013, 1:02 am
by fuse
Not sure if this is the place for discussion on the topic, but I've recently been introduced to Rakuten global, and they champion tenso.com for package consolidation from a number of Japanese sites. I see they've got a Y! service too here - http://buyee.jp/" - not sure about fees / service but might be one to investigate?

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: January 13th, 2013, 1:25 am
by davewellington
Thanks for that! I added them just now. They're OK priced for cheaper items, but expensive for expensive, and will only get more expensive after they move their service fee to 15% (currently 10% as an opening special). If anyone knows anymore, let me know :)

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: April 2nd, 2013, 8:13 am
by davewellington
Updated again. Some sites changed their equations so I updated those, updated the exchange rates, added some new sites, reformatted the front page and added a list of who is the cheapest at each price. The last 4 shops are ignored in this "who is the cheapest" selection as they add a percentage on top of the final price, which can't be calculated (as postage is an unknown). Assume they're more costly because they most likely are :)

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: May 4th, 2013, 12:12 am
by GaijinPunch
Figured I'd chime in. I have a private proxy through my site which is kind of a word-of-mouth only thing. It's hidden unless you have a cookie enabled on your machine. ;)

Anyway, a few people here have been using it. Not without it's bumps, but has some cool features too.

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: May 4th, 2013, 12:50 am
by davewellington
I've already got you listed, unless it's something else?

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: May 4th, 2013, 1:33 am
by AeroCityMayor
GaijinPunch wrote:Figured I'd chime in. I have a private proxy through my site which is kind of a word-of-mouth only thing. It's hidden unless you have a cookie enabled on your machine. ;)

Anyway, a few people here have been using it. Not without it's bumps, but has some cool features too.
Oh bugger!!!

Does that mean you have to kill everyone who reads this thread??

:awe:

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: May 8th, 2013, 3:24 pm
by GaijinPunch
Nope, that's it. I'm just a jack ****!. :)

Re: YAJ Proxy Services - Head to Head!

Posted: August 4th, 2013, 3:29 pm
by jimmerd
[quote="Casey120"]Great idea , I always use SMJ but now can compare ...........and stay put :awe:



Yes, used SMJ a number of times and always received good communication since they have staff in multiple time zones. They will hold items in Japan for a long time so you can combine multiple purchases to be repackaged and send it one shipment. I think the fees are reasonable for the service received.