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Old 18th March 2010, 05:25 AM
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Online Shopping Help Thread #2

Any questions about online shops can be asked in this thread. This includes but is not limited to shipping inquiries, questions about how trustworthy a site is, price comparisons, first press bonuses, etc.

Please read each online site's HELP section prior to asking a question here. Keep in mind that it would be better to direct certain questions to the Help Desk/Human Resources department for each respective site. Use common sense.

Quick overviews of popular online shopping sites:

- Accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Paypal (for the US). See YesAsia's Help section for payment options for your country.
- Free Shipping for orders over $25 for the US; $39 for Canada (if living in another country, see their Global Site)
- Generally sends items in bubble wrap. You may ask them to box up your package in the comments section of your check out.
- Does not usually include the bonus items that Japanese online shops offer (such as posters, exclusive pamphlets, etc.) unless otherwise stated.
- Does not tell you if you will receive a First Press item, or when First Press items are sold out.
- Counts towards ORICON Charts

- This is a Japan-based store. All payments will be in Japanese Yen so prices will be based on current exchange rates for your country.
- Has a Frequent Shopper Program
- Accepts "Credit Cards and Check Cards (VISA, VISA Check Card, VISA Electron, MasterCard, Debit MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB), International Postal Money Order, Cash (Japanese Yen or US Dollars), and PayPal."
- They ship by Express Mail Service (EMS), Registered Air Mail, Air Mail, or Economy Air (SAL). See shipping charges. These charges are an estimate. Actual charges may vary.
- CDJapan clearly states availability of First Press items and any external bonuses. See product info guide
- Counts towards ORICON Charts

HMV Japan
- This is a Japan-based store. All payments will be in Japanese Yen so prices will be based on current exchange rates for your country.
- If you cannot read Japanese, there is an English option.
- Has a Members Points Program
- Accepts "VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, American Express, Saison, DC, UFJ NICOS,and JCB."
- Only ships by Express Mail Service (EMS)
- First Press items are listed separately from Regular Press items.
- Has been known to fold bonus items (like posters)
- Counts towards ORICON Charts

- This site is Japanese only.
- They will not ship items outside of Japan. If you are outside of Japan, you cannot order from here unless you purchase through a middle-man.
- Counts towards ORICON Charts

- HMV that is based on Hong Kong
- Accepts Major Credit Cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, and Diners)
- It basically works like HMV Japan
- They sell HK Press
- Does not count towards ORICON Chart

- They accept VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union, MoneyBookers, Bank Transfer.
- Offers Free Shipping to selected Countries.
- They sell Japan Press and HK Press
- Does not count towards ORICON Chart
- Play-Asia's Free Shipping Policy


Shipping Reference
(Please take note that these are only references, Your parcel might arrive earlier or later than the dates written here)

EMS: 2 to 5 days
Standard Mail: 6 to 14 days
Free Shipping (Standard Mail) : 6 to 14 days

FedEx: 1 to 3 days
EMS: 2 to 6 days
Registered Mail: 4 to 12 days
Air Mail: 4 to 12 days
SAL: 1 to 3 weeks

HMV Japan
EMS: 3 to 6 days

Standard Shipping : 4-5 Days

Airmail : 5-14 Days
EMS : 2-4 Days
Courier Shipping : Depending on the Courier you choose.


Please Support AHS by clicking the link at the bottom of the forum when you're going to purchase from CDJapan and YesAsia. More information on this thread (http://www.ahsforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2889) and (http://www.ahsforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18978)

Link to the First Thread : (http://www.ahsforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=71182)
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Last edited by Cherry Dynamite; 14th December 2010 at 12:59 AM.
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