Purchasing From Amazon Japan

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Hola amigos. Mr. Wada is back on duty. As I’ve shared how to register on Amazon Japan in my previous post, this time I would like to share details on purchasing from Amazon Japan.

5 Minutes to Register on Amazon Japan

Please check the previous entry and start with the English page.

Select Items to Purchase

It isn’t completely in English but perhaps you could select the category from menu.

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Well, no need to explain. Add any items you like by clicking the “Add to Cart” button.

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Checkout

OK, I’ve picked these items (Mrs. Wada might tell you why later on). Now I’m gonna checkout. Click the “Proceed to checkout” button.

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It will require you to sign in again.

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Select a Shipping Address

You have options where to send, in other words where to pick the package up at. Your address or at convenience stores.

1. Send to your address

Use the address you added in the “5 Minutes to Register on Amazon Japan” post. Click the “Ship to this address” button. Or, type a new address and save from below.

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2. Send to convenience store

Search convenience store locations by address, zip code, or landmark (like Tokyo Tower). Then, pick a location where you want the package to be sent.

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Like I’ve mentioned before I suppose it’s one of the great services of konbini (convenience store) for people like me.

 

OK, either to your place or conbini, you’ve already picked one right?

The next page will ask you for shipping options. Forget it by now. Click “Continue” button to proceed to the next step.

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Select a Payment Method

There are various payment methods.

1. COD (Cash on Delivery)

It’s easy but costs you extra 324 yen (update 2015/7/30). I’ve never used it.

2. Convenience Store/ATM/e-Money

Some of them will cost you extra for service fee. Plus, after placing an order, Amazon will email you with instructions on how to pay, etc. It’s hassle for me, I wouldn’t choose and won’t explain it here (sorry).

3. Credit Card

It’s easy once you’ve added your credit card information. Definitely hassle-free. For international shipping this would be the only choice.

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This time I’m using my card.

Place an Order

Alright. Look through the details once last time and click “Place your order” button to finalize your order.

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…and it’s done!

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If you picked your place to send the package, that’s it. All you need to do is just wait till it arrives at your door. However, for picking up at konbini, there’s another step (a little hassle but still convenient).

Receive a Package at Convenience Store

Remember the estimated delivery date? When it’s about time, you get a notification email from Amazon that says it has arrived at the store you picked. This is an example how I would pick my package at a Lawson store.

This is the email. Click the link as shown in the photo below.

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Then it will open the following page with a barcode. If you have a tablet or a smartphone, just show this to the cashier. The staff will process it and bring you the package.

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If you don’t have a smartphone, take a note of these numbers indicated in the email.

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Go to the Lawson store you picked and find the Loppi machine.

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A Loppi machine for purchasing any kind of tickets.

 

Touch the screen and tap the button on the left most.

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Enter the first number (first line) you got from the email then go to next (a yellow button for NEXT will show up).

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Now enter the second number (second line) in the email and tap the NEXT button (the yellow button).

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Check the information being displayed and make sure it’s your info. Click the yellow button to confirm it.

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The Loppi will print the bill out. Take this to the cashier. You may be asked to sign and receive the package that you ordered.

Loppi Machine: For tickets and other purchases

 

Lastly

It normally takes 2 days to get my package. Since Amazon’s warehouse is in Chiba (as I’ve heard) perhaps it should be faster for customers residing in Kanto area (Tokyo, etc). Just let you know this is just a reference. I hope you find it useful and enjoy your shopping!

See you around!


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5 Minutes to Register on Amazon Japan

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Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada on duty. I am going to share how to register on Amazon Japan this time. Needless to explain, it’s the most popular online store in the world. Since it’s from the US, naturally it has English pages on Amazon Japan as well, BUT it seems to be partial.

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Note: It applies to both domestic and international users (but you need to check if the seller does international shipping).

 Create a New Account

OK, let’s create a new account on Amazon Japan.

Go to the English Page

Click the “In English” menu.

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It redirects you to the “Shop in English” page. But you see, the menu isn’t in English yet. Now click “Assistance for New Customers” link, located on the left side.

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Register Your Information

Now the menu has turned into English. Mouseover to the “Your Account” menu and its submenus will appear. Click “Start here” link to go to the registration page.

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Type your information in the registration form and click the “Create account” button.

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It will redirect to the page below automatically and your account has been created. Congrats!

Now, If you are planning on sending your package to your place, continue to the next step. If you aren’t (it’s possible to pick up at convenience store), that’s it!, the registration is done.

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Add a Shipping Address

Now let’s proceed on adding your shipping address. Click “Your Account” in the menu.

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Click “Manage Your Address Book” in the “Your Account” page.

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Click either the “Add domestic address” or “Add an international address” button.

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Then now type your address and click “Save & Continue.” We will go for payment method when purchasing.

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Alright. That’s all by now.

Lastly

Now you have completed the very first step to be able to shop on Amazon Japan! Though take a note that NOT all items are cheaper on Amazon. Check and compare prices at real stores and think what to buy or not to. We gotta shop wisely. I will share how to purchase on Amazon Japan in the next post. Stay tuned!

See you around.