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Title: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: RhodyGolf on January 07, 2015, 07:34:34 PM
As it has been discussed a few times previously, the world of JDM products is expansive and can be best discovered using a freight forwarder like Tenso that is associated with Rakuten.  There is a plethora of shops that will ship internationally, but even some of those shops are restricted to the products that they can ship outside of Japan.  For those instances, where it is not available as an internationally shipped item using the freight forwarder gives you a Japan address who will then ship internationally to you, in the case of multiple products from different shops, they will also consolidate multiple domestic packages into a single international shipment.

Given the recent addition of a Japanese Consumption tax, I believe ~8%, it is worth noting that the domestic nature of the shipment to your Tenso address could trigger the requirement of paying the tax.  Whereas a direct international shipment would not.

You can use Tenso for receiving any package you wish, provided there is no COD requirement.  It is effectively like a PO Box.  What they don't do is serve as an intermediary for payment and communication like Buyee or Aleado or other buying services.

Personally, I use Tenso for any online shopping where I do not have any need for help throughout the transaction.  An online marketplace like Rak or Amazon, etc...  But when you get into having to pay using something other than Paypal or a Credit Card, or other communications might be required I would opt for a buying service...

This is not an endorsement of any particular company, just an example of one option...  Also all names and address are fake so please do not try them at home...

1) Sign up for Rakuten, you're on your own...

2) Sign up for Tenso.  You will need to provide a passport or other govt photo issued ID and the first shipment from them must go to the address on the ID and it must match the address on your account.  After the first shipment, you can send packages anywhere...
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3) You should receive an email that reads something like this...
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4) Go into Rakuten and update your "User Contact Information"
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5) Edit your information for "in Japan" using the address front the Tenso confirmation.  I use Translate.Google.Com to convert from the Japanese characters to English.  Also, the only difference between this address and my personal one is the Tenso ID that you see in parentheses next to the name in the email and repeated in the "Rest of address" dialog in Rakuten below
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6) When searching for products by setting the destination to Japan you will see more selection and in some cases lower prices including some used items.  The used items are identical to YAJ and are slightly more expensive than on YAJ but you are not paying the 10%+ buying fee, only the shipping and handling...
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Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: wmclarenf1 on January 07, 2015, 07:47:18 PM
This is a great guide S! 
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: freehb on January 07, 2015, 07:47:52 PM
Great stuff!  Thanks for sharing S!
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: DaleUK on January 08, 2015, 01:19:59 AM
Excellent Guide
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: Shacco on January 08, 2015, 03:18:34 AM
I have used Tenso a few times with no complaints.
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: MBBG on January 08, 2015, 09:28:07 AM
Thanks this is fantastic. Should one only use it for Rakuten shops that won't ship overseas?
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: RhodyGolf on January 08, 2015, 09:39:58 AM
Thanks this is fantastic. Should one only use it for Rakuten shops that won't ship overseas?
You can use Tenso for receiving any package you wish, provided there is no COD requirement.  It is effectively like a PO Box.  What they don't do is serve as an intermediary for payment and communication like Buyee or Aleado or other buying services.

Personally, I would use Tenso for any online shopping where you do not have any need for help throughout your transaction.  An online marketplace like Rak or Amazon, etc...  But when you get into having to pay with something other than Paypal or a Credit Card I would opt for a buying service...

Also updated original post with this detail...
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: freehb on January 08, 2015, 09:02:50 PM
Who else here misses squirts?  Classic S!
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: MBBG on January 08, 2015, 09:07:18 PM
I guess what I was getting at is there any advantage to using tenso for yahoo Japan or whatever.
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: RhodyGolf on January 09, 2015, 06:55:04 AM
I guess what I was getting at is there any advantage to using tenso for yahoo Japan or whatever.
It tends to be cheaper than the buying service because you are not paying a buying fee that amounts to 10%+ the value of the item purchased on top of shipping and handling.  With Tenso the handling fee is weight based and then you pay actual shipping charges.

But in so doing you have to deal with sellers in Japan that might or might not speak English and Google translate, while OK, can still make it difficult.  Not to mention actually paying for the goods.  When I have seen stuff on Yaj, frequently payment is handled by bank transfer and not over PP or credit card accepted, YMMV.  I have not deeply explored direct YAJ shopping so cannot comment too much.
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: MBBG on January 09, 2015, 07:16:41 AM
thanks that helps a lot
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: wmclarenf1 on January 13, 2015, 11:56:50 PM
This should be made sticky.
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: kl on February 11, 2015, 08:48:26 AM
I don't think this was addressed here, but does using Tenso (or similar) trigger the consumption tax?
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: RhodyGolf on February 11, 2015, 08:58:05 AM
I am not an international tax expert although I have stayed at Holiday Inn Express' before.  I believe that, since the shipment to Tenso is a domestic shipment, the Japanese consumption tax is required to be paid on the original purchase.

Also updated the original post...
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: kl on February 11, 2015, 01:12:14 PM
Thanks.  This is a really good guide.
Title: Re: Adding a Tenso address to Rakuten account for freight forwarding
Post by: kl on February 11, 2015, 02:09:19 PM
Are used items on Rakuten folded into all listings, or is there a special area I can't find?

I think I answered my own question.  When selecting Japan as the location, used items seem to show up.