A couple of my friends were absolutely RAVING about Buyee.
Tenso, the business I use for my forwarding service when I purchase from Liz Lisa/Tokyo Kawaii Life. Since I already have an account with Tenso, the sign up process was really easy. Everything is in English, and I just have to fill out/confirm my personal information and register a username and password. There's lots of useful links and answers all around the homepage like the guide for first time users and the FAQ. I decided to link my PayPal account with my Buyee account but you can use a credit card as well.
One thing that I like about Buyee is that they have their own interface that you can use which is especially useful if you can't read a lot of Japanese. You can search Yahoo auctions direct from Buyee.jp (change the language to English in the top right if you wish) and quickly add things to your watchlist and buy and bid from Buyee's version of the auction listing instead of having to copy and paste the url etc. For text item descriptions, there's an automatic translation feature built in as well.
The site is more-or-less self explanatory (I personally mostly just use the search function and then the Watchlist & Auction Information/My Page), so I'm not going to go into incredible detail.
Essentially what's important to know is cost. This Usage Fees page from Buyee explains it all, but basically there are two payments you need to make:
Payment 1: Auction item price + Buyee Service Fee + Transfer Fee
Payment 2: Domestic shipping fee (from the seller to Buyee's warehouse) + International shipping fee (from Buyee to you)
The Buyee Service Fee is determined by the auction item price. It's 500yen for items under 5000yen and 10% of the item cost for items over 5000yen. The Transfer Fee is a fixed 200yen. You will know these calculated costs when you bid on the item. You will have the money withdrawn as soon as you win the auction. If you do not win, there are no fees incurred, and there is no cost to you.
Slightly more unknown is the shipping. Sometimes sellers provide the (domestic) shipping cost in the listing and sometimes they do not. Most often (for Liz Lisa items at least), the weight of the item is not listed which makes it hard to estimate international shipping. You would ideally know all this information in order to most accurately use the Total Estimate tool (available on each listing page and also at the bottom of Buyee's page).
[For examples of past Liz Lisa/TKL orders of mine with associated weights, please check out my Tenso Usage Fees Examples post. Some of the listed information doesn't directly apply to Buyee since I created it to help with Tenso estimates, but you can still glean the estimated international shipping cost of a certain item by taking the weight from the post. Ex. 1 pair of pumps in box weighs approximately 1620g including the shipping box or 4 clothing items weighs approximately 1460g including the shipping box. Ofc it can depend on how the seller packages the items - whether it is in a plastic bag, heavy duty envelope or cardboard box, but in general it's probably safer to add a little weight for the box if you're trying to allocate money towards your purchase.]
Buyee also has a package consolidation service and protective packaging service at additional cost. Check out the Usage Fees page for more information if you're interested.
I waited until I had about 5 items at the warehouse before consolidating and shipping everything. Since one of the items I ordered was quite large (but empty), I emailed Buyee with a special consolidation request for them to put the items of 4 of my packages inside the fifth. It took an extra day (beyond just the consolidation), but they were able to execute what I wanted without too much hassle. I shipped EMS because of the weight, and the package arrived in about 5 days (one day was a Sunday).
First purchase -
LizMero (Shimamura) check floral OP in beige; Condition: New with tags
This was the first item I was willing to buy (and try out Buyee with) because the domestic shipping was paid for by the seller, and it was a new (unused) item with tags attached, reasonable example photos and the price was not too bad (and below retail actually). Inclusive of all the fees, I would have ended up paying just slightly more than retail if I had shipped it by itself with SAL.
I won the auction on May 9, (payment was transferred to Buyee on the same day,) and received the alert that my package had arrived at Buyee on May 18.
Second purchase -
Liz Lisa pleated bow shorts (Autumn 2013) in pink; Condition: Used
I won the auction on May 18, (payment was transferred to Buyee on the same day,) and received the alert that my package had arrived at Buyee on May 25.
Third purchase -
Liz Lisa 2012 Fukubukuro Premium Rose Carry (in store limited); Condition: Used, carry only (no contents)
I won the auction on May 19, (payment was transferred to Buyee on the same day,) and received the alert that my package had arrived at Buyee on May 26.
Compared to my 2013 Liz Lisa fukubukuro trunk -
I wonder why Liz Lisa decided to make such a drastic change between 2012 and 2013. (2011's was really similar to 2012's.) Or maybe it was just "time". This leaves me really curious about what 2016's fuku trunk will look like!
LIZ LISA TRUNK CARRY SQUAD
Liz Lisa 2015 vs. 2014 vs. 2013 trunk carry fukubukuro comparison and Liz Lisa 2013 vs. 2014 trunk carry fukubukuro comparison
Fourth purchase -
Carpenter sea frog lure
Fifth purchase -
Rose quilted purse in pink; Condition: Used
(A few of us were actually discussing this the other day, and we think this might be a "licensed" Liz Lisa product among several other bags that was never sold in Liz Lisa stores but is authorized Liz Lisa merchandise based on communication with someone at their Facebook page. I had never thought about it much before though lol and especially not at the time of purchase when I had no frame of reference for what would be appropriate or that even being an option.)
I won the auction on May 30, (payment was transferred to Buyee on the same day,) and received the alert that my package had arrived at Buyee on June 7.
Old used purse next to new used purse -
|Care tag for old used purse (left) & Care tag for new used purse (right)|
|next trip set up?|
fromjapan or Buyee?
I think from now on, I'll probably be using Buyee as the primary search for Yahoo auctions. There is a small price difference between Buyee and fromjapan and for some of the lower priced items (I'm not exactly sure of the threshold), I think fromjapan might be marginally cheaper, but the lines are a bit blurred for more expensive items. The one con for fromjapan compared to Buyee is that you have to put add in a deposit and keep adding to it if you want to use PayPal with fromjapan versus just having the money auto-deducted from your account with Buyee. In that way, Buyee is a lot easier to use. However, there are some items that Buyee limits/prevents you from bidding on for whatever reason (seller has a low rating or not enough proven sales, seller doesn't accept bank transfers, etc.), but you can use fromjapan.
A few days after I wont the 2012 suitcase, there was actually a 2011 case in new condition but Buyee prohibited purchase because the seller's ratings were too low. (They were all positive but there wasn't enough of them.) I switched over to fromjapan to put it in a bid just for fun at the starting price and didn't really pay attention to the listing after that. Someone must have upbidded me right before it ended (thank goodness I guess since I really didn't need two) and ended up getting it for much much less than I paid for the used 2012 one wtf lol. I don't know if that's indicative of anything, but yeah just an anecdote -__-.
As a small reminder (and I'm sure those of you who actually read my posts are tired of reading these blurbs, but I am constantly getting blamed for not warning people of this, so here I go again) - I am extremely uncomfortable with my personal photos being used for the profit of others especially without a simple source link. In general, I would prefer for my photos not to be reposted without my permission at all, but if you feel the extreme need to do so, I simply ask that you just include a simple link back to my original post. Regardless of whether I watermark every single photo, I do still own the copyright to these pictures and you finding them on Google Image does not mean I do not own them anymore?? (There has been some confusion on that front apparently. And to be clear, Google does even warn you when you click on a photo that the image may be subject to copyright, and Google does not sever the photos from their original pages, so it's easy to find their source if you choose.) I do not blog and post these photos so that others can sell their products that are not associated with me in the slightest. And the response I get when I just ask for my photos to be sourced really discourages me from sharing and continuing to blog. I mean this in the least aggressive way possible, but I'm not just going to throw 80 smiley emojis in this to "soften the tone" because I am serious, and I honestly feel like you should be able to read a paragraph like this without emoticons and not be offended by its message.