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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Rinkya the Japanese version of eBay?

Do you just register via the home page?

Are they cool with Iternational sales (well, obviously they are?

Any issues to be concerned with?
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DaveWW
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just make sure you fully understand all of the fees and charges as they can add up to more than you expect.

I used Japan Auction Centre because you can deposit money to bid with using paypal if you want.

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JohnA
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
Is Rinkya the Japanese version of eBay?

Do you just register via the home page?

Are they cool with Iternational sales (well, obviously they are?

Any issues to be concerned with?


No, Yahoo Auctions Japan is the Japanese version of ebay and you need to live in Japan to register, also most sellers won't ship internationally.

Rinkya is a company that bids on Yahoo Japan on your behalf (for a comission), re-packages the items and posts them on (for a comission)

Fees are the big thing to watch for it can be a shock the first thing you buy!!

Their service is excellent, and the packaging which used to be a bit flakey is now also superb, big boxes and lots of packing, which although safe means big shipping charges!
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:
marcusnieman wrote:
Is Rinkya the Japanese version of eBay?

Do you just register via the home page?

Are they cool with Iternational sales (well, obviously they are?

Any issues to be concerned with?


No, Yahoo Auctions Japan is the Japanese version of ebay and you need to live in Japan to register, also most sellers won't ship internationally.

Rinkya is a company that bids on Yahoo Japan on your behalf (for a comission), re-packages the items and posts them on (for a comission)

Fees are the big thing to watch for it can be a shock the first thing you buy!!

Their service is excellent, and the packaging which used to be a bit flakey is now also superb, big boxes and lots of packing, which although safe means big shipping charges!


Are the fees set or do they vary? Do you know the fee basis BEFORE you pull the plug on something?
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JohnA
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the fee calculator here :

http://www.rinkya.com/frames.php?URL=https://auction.rinkya.com/shopping/itemfee.htm

A guitar like a Bacchus Strat for example would be 50,000 Yen ($540US)

Postage rates are here:

http://www.post.japanpost.jp/english/fee/intel/ems.html

A guitar with case and packing would be approx 10kg (10000g)


Rinkya add 25% to postage for the re-packing which is pretty reasonable IMO

If you're too lazy

50,000 Yen quiter fees would be $40US
shipping 14,000 Yen + 25% = $190

so for a $540 guitar you would pay 540 + 40 + 190 = $770 + any import duty you get charged

in the UK that's soon going to be 20% of the full $770 so total for the guitar $924

When I first bought a guitar on Rinkya the exchange rate was in my favour, but now it's terrible, so unless something really special pops up I won't be buying from Japan via Rinkya
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John.... I'll check it out
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soundcreation
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience with rinkya has always been excellent. I've done 6 guitars through them over the past 3 years or so and everyone has come packaged very well. Including a Greco SS550 SG special (thin guitar) in a gig bag. They have always responded to things very quickly and courteously.

The fees are a bit of a kick but really I think when I've done the calculations it's always about 10 to 15% (I don't count the basic EMS shipping or Customs fees...that's not their problem) per guitar. For what they do I'd say that's fair.
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