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Guide to buying from Japan using Tenso.com

Tenso Amiibo Japan Lucina

#1 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

baengel98

Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:31 AM

Introduction

A couple nights ago Amiibo wave 4 came up on amazon.jp and I scrambled to figure out how to use a forwarding service (Tenso.com) to get them. Some things can be ordered directly from Japan to the US, but some things cannot. Unfortunately, Amiibo figures can not be directly purchased from amazon.jp.

Overall, it wasn't that difficult to get everything set up, but once I did and confirmed everything was right I felt a lot better about the process. Below is my best attempt at a step by step guide (with pictures) to help anyone that is new to the process.

I live in the US and was pre-ordering Amiibo figures from amazon.jp so this guide will be from that point of view.

Register for an account on Tenso

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Purchasing from Amazon.jp

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FAQ

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Approximate Cost per Amiibo

 

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#2 brian_fin   CAG Vet CAGiversary!   490 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 February 2015 - 01:35 PM

How much does shipping end up being? I'm guessing Tenso must charge you to use their service on top of what it costs to reroute your package.



#3 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

baengel98

Posted 25 February 2015 - 02:09 PM

How much does shipping end up being? I'm guessing Tenso must charge you to use their service on top of what it costs to reroute your package.


The shipping charge and fee depends on the weight of the package they are sending for you. I provide some links and an estimate in the FAQ section.

#4 Karmos  

Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:40 PM

Wow, I'm amazed at how cheap this is. I thought the services + shipping would be must more, this seems incredibly reasonable though.



#5 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

baengel98

Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:57 PM

Wow, I'm amazed at how cheap this is. I thought the services + shipping would be must more, this seems incredibly reasonable though.

I added a table to the OP to show what the different rates would be depending on how many you ordered.  This all assumes that it's in the same box and I overestimated the box weight quite a bit.  Obviously, things change if amazon decides to send multiple boxes.



#6 Karmos  

Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:17 PM

I added a table to the OP to show what the different rates would be depending on how many you ordered.  This all assumes that it's in the same box and I overestimated the box weight quite a bit.  Obviously, things change if amazon decides to send multiple boxes.

That was my main concern. Lets say I order all of wave 4 and they send them in different shipments, the shipping cost will really go way up.



#7 Deader2818   Flipadelphia! CAGiversary!   11239 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:08 AM

Hey I was able to add my actual address as a billing address for my credit card. Should I use my actual address as a billing address or should I use the Tenso address?



#8 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

baengel98

Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:28 AM

Hey I was able to add my actual address as a billing address for my credit card. Should I use my actual address as a billing address or should I use the Tenso address?

So I went off of a reddit post from someone who has used Tenso before (or at least claimed to) and wrote up a short guide.  He says "use the Tenso address as the billing/shipping address".

 

I actually tried to use a US address for my billing address, but couldn't get it to work.  How did you do it?  Maybe the safer bet would be to use the address associated with the credit card.  Well, either way, I've sent off an email to Tenso to confirm so I'll post the answer when I get it.



#9 Deader2818   Flipadelphia! CAGiversary!   11239 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:30 AM

After I made an account at amazon i was able to go back later and add my US address. It wont let me ship anything to there but it let me use that as my billing address.



#10 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 04:48 AM

After I made an account at amazon i was able to go back later and add my US address. It wont let me ship anything to there but it let me use that as my billing address.

I made some changes to the guide.  I think maybe the way to go is the US address, but I'll let Tenso confirm that for me.  I just went in and was able to change the billing address on my credit card with no problems to my order so it's an easy fix.



#11 Purkeynator   Cheap before it was cool CAGiversary!   3239 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 04:39 AM

Neat thread, thanks for posting this! I have some friends stationed at a military base in Japan. Wonder if I could set up an Amazon account, add my billing information in the U.S. and send it to their house to ship to me later? I already asked and they don't use Amazon Japan or that could have made things easier.



#12 Doomstink   AUTOBOT Retailer Representative   2955 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:16 AM

You just use the Tenso address for shipping. Use your actual address for billing - otherwise your card will get declined.

#13 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4312 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

Posted 27 February 2015 - 05:52 PM

The best way to navigate amazon.jp is using Google Chrome since it has a translation feature.

 

Er, you do know that Amazon.co.jp itself has an "in English" button at the top of the homepage, right? Every item listing there also has the option to view that page in non-machine-translated English, and all your registration/account info will be in English as well. You can even search for "amiibo" on Amazon JP without having to change your system language since it's already romanized in Japanese. Unfortunately, item titles and descriptions remain in Japanese; is that why you recommended Chrome?

The main drawback I've heard about Tenso is that they only ship EMS (express mail), but they're supposed to be a good proxy otherwise. I usually use dv8CAG for Amazon.co.jp stuff that can't be shipped internationally; From Japan is a decent proxy as well.

 

Alternately, you can order amiibo directly from a shop in Japan that ships overseas, like AmiAmi. Seems like the harder-to-find ones tend to sell out quickly there, though; it's been a very popular store with figure collectors for years, so that's the first place many people go to for Japanese amiibo.



#14 Doomstink   AUTOBOT Retailer Representative   2955 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 28 February 2015 - 03:00 AM

Er, you do know that Amazon.co.jp itself has an "in English" button at the top of the homepage, right? Every item listing there also has the option to view that page in non-machine-translated English, and all your registration/account info will be in English as well. You can even search for "amiibo" on Amazon JP without having to change your system language since it's already romanized in Japanese. Unfortunately, item titles and descriptions remain in Japanese; is that why you recommended Chrome?

The main drawback I've heard about Tenso is that they only ship EMS (express mail), but they're supposed to be a good proxy otherwise. I usually use dv8CAG for Amazon.co.jp stuff that can't be shipped internationally; From Japan is a decent proxy as well.

Alternately, you can order amiibo directly from a shop in Japan that ships overseas, like AmiAmi. Seems like the harder-to-find ones tend to sell out quickly there, though; it's been a very popular store with figure collectors for years, so that's the first place many people go to for Japanese amiibo.


Tenso does SAL and Ground as well as EMS. The price differences aren't big enough to justify the long wait between them and EMS, though.

#15 Ezekeal  

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:18 PM

gonna order the next super robot taisen game from there.



#16 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 04:15 PM

I got an email from Tenso about a new page that is simpler (although probably more expensive) than Tenso.  I probably wont use it, but just in case anyone is interested here is the link:

 

http://buyee.jp/pr/t.../en?rc=mmbuyee1



#17 ArryArry  

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:03 AM

I really didn't gone through it..



#18 Jaimelyn60   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   67 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 16 April 2015 - 03:42 PM

Thanks, for the guide Angel98, really helped me a lot!

#19 brian_fin   CAG Vet CAGiversary!   490 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Posted 01 May 2015 - 01:58 PM

So pretty decent guide overall. Finally set this up but due to some typos and changes I've gotten a bit confused. So you add in the Tenso address, cool got that. Then I was taken to the next page in Japanese, with no option to translate for some reason so I went back to the home page and hit "In English" (must be a feature of the site, clearly idk where chrome's translate button is, usually it just prompts you).

 

Then I went back to my address book and saw the International Address option. Added in my card and local address. So this leaves me with two questions:

 

-If my billing info is attached to my local address, which is separate from the Tenso one, do I then just choose to ship to Tenso BUT charge to my local billing info in this separate address? I guess that makes sense, weird that there's this separate local address in your Address book now that you can never use...

 

-Where does Tenso know where to ship to? I still have to send them my validation but do you set this up on their site? This is where the guide feels incomplete. Do they just take the address on your ID? That feels limited, it may be out of date or not where you want the package to go.

 

I realize you enter your local billing address on Amazon.jp but that's clearly not the shipping address even if it may be the same.



#20 baengel98   DIC CAGiversary!   2105 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

baengel98

Posted 01 May 2015 - 03:35 PM

So pretty decent guide overall. Finally set this up but due to some typos and changes I've gotten a bit confused. So you add in the Tenso address, cool got that. Then I was taken to the next page in Japanese, with no option to translate for some reason so I went back to the home page and hit "In English" (must be a feature of the site, clearly idk where chrome's translate button is, usually it just prompts you).

 

 

 

So, someone mentioned here that you can actually view amazon.jp in english and I've been doing that since they mentioned it.  At the top there is a link at the top labeled "in english".  I will update the guide with that information.

 

 

-If my billing info is attached to my local address, which is separate from the Tenso one, do I then just choose to ship to Tenso BUT charge to my local billing info in this separate address? I guess that makes sense, weird that there's this separate local address in your Address book now that you can never use...

This is correct.  I was also confused about this because someone who made a guide on reddit specifically told people to put Tenso's address as the billing address.  They made the guide the night wave 4 pre-orders went up so I was scrambling to get an order in.  But yes, the shipping address is your Tenso address and the billing address is the address attached to your credit card.
 
I heard that you can order some things on amazon.jp that can be shipped to the US.  I haven't tried it myself, but for sure amiibos can't be shipped to the US.
 

-Where does Tenso know where to ship to? I still have to send them my validation but do you set this up on their site? This is where the guide feels incomplete. Do they just take the address on your ID? That feels limited, it may be out of date or not where you want the package to go.

 
 
When you sign up for a Tenso account you enter your billing address and there is a little box at the bottom with a radio button to use that address as your shipping address.  The only wrinkle is that the shipping address must match the address on your ID for the first package you send.  Then I think that you can change it, but I wont need to do that so I'm not sure about it.
 
 
I'll need to make some updates to the guide including the fact that you can actually consolidate packages for a small fee.  This would be very advantageous if amazon doesn't ship out your orders in the same box or if certain figures go up at certain times and you need to make multiple orders.


#21 ailing  

Posted 27 May 2018 - 08:32 AM

Greeting from 2018, I've used Transbang for forwarding service, they got pretty price and processing order fast, Tenso is the head of forwarding service but Transbang worth trying.