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Adult shipment from Japanese Amazon Marketplace

My Amazon order from Monday 6 April 2015 also contained a couple of items from Amazon Marketplace, which are then shipped separately from those sellers (just like Amazon in other countries works). I realised that main Amazon doesn’t ship adult goods abroad, but Marketplace sellers do. So I got myself a few used adult manga …

The first Marketplace order arrived today in the regular mail. So it took quite exactly one week for it to arrive (after all, I placed the order at 23.24 on Monday last week). Finding this colourful parcel in the mail is half the fun:

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In addition, last month I had Kohei bring me my favourite manga back from his last Japan trip, after having placed an Amazon order which I had delivered to his place. It’s a lush mix of Yowamushi Pedal, Kokoro Button and Yotsuba to = manga for boys, girls and children:

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I’ve already finished the first Yotsuba volume (which is volume 3 in total). I think it takes me about 3 hours to read one of those volumes; about 30 minutes per chapter. I don’t look anything up, because Yotsuba to is so simple that I understand everything, well maybe except a few words here and there. Fireworks was the theme of this volume, very sweet.

Bicycle manga

Amazing, Akira Yomoyama has released his previous doujinshi booklets + a new story in this beautiful volume, so thick, with perfect print quality and a tasty obi!

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So fresh it's not even officially released until next week! (15th April 2015)

So fresh it’s not even officially released until next week! (15th April 2015)

As for the shipment:

  • Monday 6 April at 23.24: I place the order on Amazon.co.jp.
  • Tuesday 7 April at 5.27: Amazon ships it from Japan.
  • Friday 10 April at 14.40: DHL delivers it to my door in Berlin.

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This is perfect post-ride entertainment now that Yowamushi Pedal has ended! And perfect timing wheatherwise, people are strolling around in t-shirt today in Berlin, and some are wearing shorts.

You can buy Akira’s bicycle manga here. It costs 907 yen (about 7.12 euro) and you don’t pay the eight percent sales tax that people within Japan have to pay. Shipping to Europe is 1,400 yen ≈ 10.99 euro.

Private shipping from Japan

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In the series of shipments from Japan to Europe, here is the latest one:

  • Friday 5 September 2014: I wrote my private contact “Yuuki” in Hokkaido about an item I wanted him or her to buy for me.
  • Sunday 7 September 2014: Yuuki wrote back what the totals would be, and sent me a Paypal request. I paid.
  • Tuesday 9 September 2014: Yuuki sent the package with unregistered air mail.
  • Wednesday 24 September 2014: The package arrived in my mail!

So that’s about 2 weeks, or exactly 11 weekdays.

Yuuki seems to have this as his/her job: To buy and ship Japanese items for customers outside Japan. There are companies who do the same, but I prefer to deal with a private citizen.

Visit Yuuki’s Ebay store here.

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The content? Juicy!

Japanese Amazon delivers to Europe in only 2 weekdays!

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Since I haven’t been in Japan recently, I decided to make a purchase on Japanese Amazon. They ship worldwide, except for the more juicy stuff.

The shipping wasn’t really cheap – but the speed was amazing:

  • Friday at 11.50 my time (18.50 Japanese time): I place the order.
  • Saturday at 03.22 my time (10.22 Japanese time): Amazon ships the order.
  • Tuesday at 12.03 my time: DHL delivers the order to my door.

That’s two weekdays (or three real days) for the shipment. Same as (or faster than) most parcels from Sweden take! And slim enough to avoid customs. Happy!

Finally – last two shipments arrived!

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So I finally got two notices in my mail, asking me to come to Zollamt Schöneberg to pick up my packages – sent from Tokyo on 27 November 2013! This is normal procedure, I’ve been at the Zollamt before when ordering books from Amazon. It usually takes 1-2 hours, and today was no exception.

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When it was my turn, a civil servant asked me to open the already opened and reclosed packages. They contained 10 kg doujinshi. He asked where I had got them, since I didn’t have a receipt. I explained that many of them had been given to me for free directly from the authors. Others I had bought at hobby events where you’re not given a receipt.

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My biggest problem was that it was hard for me to prove that I had lived in Japan. He didn’t ask me for my ID, despite the customs in Niederaula had slapped a note about “Altersnachweis” on the packages. They had also told me when I called them, that I would have to bring a proof of age because of “Jugendschutz”. Well, maybe the guy saw that I had turned 18. 😛

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“VuB” means “Verboten und Beschränkungen”.

Then he took out some of the doujinshi and said that the content was fine, but that he was going to do some internet research to find out their market value. I would have to pay 7 % German VAT on that value. I was ordered back to the waiting room. After another 10-15 minutes I was called back. The same guy said that he estimated the total value to be under 50 euro, which is under the limit for when you have to pay German VAT. So I was free to go.

This shipment’s itinerary:

  • 27 November 2013: Sent with sea mail, registered, from Tokyo
  • 23 January 2014: Arrived customs in Niederaula, Germany
  • 18 February 2014: Sent from customs in Niederaula to customs in Berlin
  • 27 February 2014: I got notices to pick them up in Berlin

Meaning, the shipment took exactly 3 months to reach me!

A glimpse of the content:

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Third shipment arrived

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This one actually arrived on 19 February 2014, but I got a pickup notice in my mail box that I didn’t see until yesterday. It was sent on 16 December 2013 from Tokyo, together with another package which arrived two days earlier.

Both were untrackable and took about two months to reach Berlin with sea mail.

This package passed customs in Niederaula but was not opened by them.

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The content this time: 14 manga volumes and 8 doujinshi, among other stuff.

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The shipment list again – in order of arrival:

  • Shipment 1 (sea mail, trackable): Sent from Tokyo 6 December 2013, arrived to customs in Hamburg 27 January 2014, arrived to me in Berlin 31 January 2014.
  • Shipment 2 (sea mail, printed matter, untrackable): Sent from Tokyo 16 December 2013, arrived in Berlin 17 February 2014 via customs in Niederaula (who might have opened it).
  • Shipment 3 (sea mail, printed matter, untrackable): Sent from Tokyo 16 December 2013, arrived in Berlin 19 February 2014 via customs in Niederaula. Not opened by customs.

It’s a bit ironic that the two untrackable packages arrived quickly and unopened (the inner package in shipment 2 was unopened), whereas the two packages I sent with recommended mail have been at customs for one month now – since 23 January 2014.

Second shipment arrived

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Today the second package I sent to myself from Japan before going home to Europe arrived. In total there are 5 such shipments. This one was sent on the 16th of December 2013, so it took almost exactly 2 months for it to arrive.

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It’s so good to have these packages arrive and remind me of my Japan stay. This was just what I hoped for when I chose sea mail, that the first months of 2014 would be brightened by these shipments being delivered at random dates. Every such day is a bit like Christmas!

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The content? Magazines! Sent in the mail mainly because of their weight.

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Time to make a short list of delivered shipments – in order of arrival:

  • Shipment 1 (sea mail, trackable): Sent from Tokyo 6 December 2013, arrived to customs in Hamburg 27 January 2014, arrived to me in Berlin 31 January 2014.
  • Shipment 2 (sea mail, printed matter, untrackable): Sent from Tokyo 16 December 2013, arrived in Berlin 17 February 2014.

As for the last 3 shipments, one of them is untrackable, but the two trackable ones were sent on 27 November 2013 from Japan and arrived to customs in Niederaula on 23 January 2014. I’ve called them and asked about the progress, and they’ve told me to wait.

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Another 4 kg sent home with surface mail. Not so heavy, but huge box, containing all 6 action figures I’ve bought. Have a safe trip, Ryouma, Pitto, Yotsuba and whatever the rest of you were called.