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Old 14th March 2008, 03:47 PM
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Play-asia.com enquiries..

Better if anyone Filipino. Just want to ask if play-asia is safe to shop in? I want to try here because they offer western union method which is applicable to me since i don't have credit card to purchase from cdjapan or yesasia.. so can anyone help me about play-asia??

can anyone teach me how to use western union with play-asia? Anything and everything about them that I should know? please!!!! Thank you very much!!
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Old 14th March 2008, 10:02 PM
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play-asia is I think a safe place..

cause my friend always buy PSP games from there...(and also the PSP)..but i never buy anything from there before~

btw, location: Malaysia~
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Old 14th March 2008, 10:32 PM
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Play-Asia is 100% safe. Ive used them many a time.
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Old 15th March 2008, 12:03 AM
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Yeah, Play-Asia is safe. I've used them for purchases before and they're very good. I've never had any problems with them (so far).
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Old 16th March 2008, 08:47 PM
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Online Shopping Help **READ FIRST**

Due to the influx of questions in regards to buying Ayu products online, please make use of this sticky thread.

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.
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Quick overviews of popular online shopping sites:

YesAsia.com
(see this thread for direct links to Ayu products)
- 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.

CDJapan
(http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/)
- 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

HMV Japan
(http://www.hmv.co.jp/)
- 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)

Mu-Mo
(http://mu-mo.net/index.html)
- 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.
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Old 17th March 2008, 10:29 AM
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This is a good idea.
oh, and take note that if you REALLY want to support ayu, it's best to order from CDJapan as the sales will count towards ORICON, thus increasing her rank in the chart.

Here, I'll add in the shipping days from the above 3 websites too for easier reference.


YesAsia
Express register mail: 2 to 5 days
normal mail(free shipping)5 to 12 days

CDJapan
EMS: 2 to 6 days
register mail: 4 to 12 days
air mail: 4 to 12 days
SAL: 1 to 3 weeks

hmv japan
EMS: 3 to 6 days

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Old 17th March 2008, 10:41 AM
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In case people plan to buy things from HMV HK like myself --

HMV HK site - www.hmv.hk

basically HMV HK works the same as HMV Japan when comes to payment options & the likes , it's just that HK's more reasonably priced , be it the prices of the items that they sell & also the shipping prices too .

Also an advantage over its Japan counterpart is that HK's do sell HK presses of certain CDs or DVDs which are cheaper unlike the original pretty pony~pretty pony~pretty pony~ press .

I never use Premium Shipping . I only use Standard Shipping which cost HK$39 for international buyers .

Standard Shipping cost HK$39 for a CD/DVD & the prices are obviously higher if you were to buy more .

It takes about 4-5 days for goods to arrive if you choose Standard Shipping even though on the website they state about 15 days .

So far I have gotten 2 HK presses of DVDs from them & I have been impressed with their services . I'm gonna stick with HMV HK
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Old 17th March 2008, 05:00 PM
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Hi,

I have a question. Does anyone know how small CDJapan rolls up posters, and how small YesAsia's tube is? Or which of the two is better to buy a poster from? Because if it's rolled up to small I can't get it on the wall properly lol.

Thanks!
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Old 17th March 2008, 05:09 PM
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CDJ will roll it as far as it can be rolled I assume. The YA tube is like a standard tube I assume, which allows for more space. The length of the box (CDJapan) or tube (YA) is no smaller that the width of the poster.

Both will need to be un-rolled anyway, so it's whichever you prefer. Both methods are safe.

You can look at how CDJ does their packaging here: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/help/about_cdjapan.html

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Old 17th March 2008, 05:24 PM
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Hmm, thank you. I think I will go with CDJapan so I don't have to pay extra cash for the poster.
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Old 17th March 2008, 05:34 PM
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Aside from CDJapan, Is there any shopping sites that accepts Cash payment method?
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Old 18th March 2008, 07:39 PM
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How long does it usually take for a payment to go through with CDJapan?

My AT07 DVD was shipped on Monday March 10th.
Right now it's Tuesday, March 18 and it's as if the payment still hasn't gone through.

(The package arrived at the post-office yesterday, I had a note in the mail box, telling me to go pick it up today.)
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Old 18th March 2008, 10:10 PM
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2 questions:
1. With CDJapan's Air mail, it says 4-12 days but up to 8 weeks... does it usually take longer then the 4-12 days>
2. With HMV Japan, how much is the shipping to the US?
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Old 18th March 2008, 10:23 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ayu_lover View Post
2 questions:
1. With CDJapan's Air mail, it says 4-12 days but up to 8 weeks... does it usually take longer then the 4-12 days>
2. With HMV Japan, how much is the shipping to the US?
I can answer u the CD japan question)) To me it always took from 4 to 12 days, never later)) I guess that most late was 8 th day ^^
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Old 18th March 2008, 10:24 PM
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And I can answer HMV Japan one:

1200¥/ 15$ [ http://www.hmv.co.jp/help/helpmain.asp?q=024003002 ]
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Old 18th March 2008, 10:38 PM
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thank you so much marekcarey & Zemus!
That was very helpful! ^^
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Old 20th March 2008, 09:40 AM
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How long does it usually take for a payment to go through with CDJapan?

My AT07 DVD was shipped on Monday March 10th.
Right now it's Tuesday, March 18 and it's as if the payment still hasn't gone through.

(The package arrived at the post-office yesterday, I had a note in the mail box, telling me to go pick it up today.)
is your a cash payment?
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Old 20th March 2008, 04:56 PM
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^ No, I paid with credit card.

But I just went and got them at the post office on Tuesday evening(the 18th) and the payment and yesterday(wednesday) when I checked my online banking, the payment finally showed up.

I'm just surprised it took that long, since they mentionned it's billed when sent, not when received...
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Old 20th March 2008, 04:59 PM
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^ Oh, it actually takes quite a while for them to charge you. I just got charged yesterday for my AT 2007, which came on the 10th like you. So they take, give or take, a week. The same thing happened for GUILTY and Kingdom for me.

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Old 20th March 2008, 08:17 PM
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I heard someone say that the new sale of her old DVDs (Arena Tour 2002, Clips collection, etc.) will stop selling on March the 31st this year. Is this true?
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