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It troubles me that I can't send a message to the original seller asking him to package it for international shipping, and I don't know how well buyee packs rods.
Would love to hear anyone's experiences doing it.
Also, one of the purchases I was considering is a 3 rod package deal (from the same seller/auction listing). Ultra rare & pretty expensive, and I'd be heartbroken if they were damaged. I'm torn on if I should take the gamble.
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With Shimreels, often the shipping expense is already included in the price. That's why the rods are more expensive than most other places. Sometimes you can catch a better deal though through them, or the overall expense will be a bit less.poisonokie wrote:That's crazy. How on Earth can Shimreels send rods from Singapore with free shipping and tracking, but buyee charges $200 and uses a cardboard box? I would never ever ever use them. JDM grass is not THAT much greener...
Shimreels has a corporate account and their rates are much different than the average individuals.poisonokie wrote:That's crazy. How on Earth can Shimreels send rods from Singapore with free shipping and tracking, but buyee charges $200 and uses a cardboard box? I would never ever ever use them. JDM grass is not THAT much greener...
As for buyee, they are a 3rd party middleman that makes it possible to buy from an average Japanese seller. I’ve won 2 rods off of auction and buyee charged me approximately $170 to ship, which is outrageous (however, I factored this into the cost of the auction and likely still paid less than what I would have here if I could have found the rods for sale). Unlike a lot of the responses in the link above, the rods came within 3 days, in a sturdy rod tube, that had thick bubble wrap around it. Using buyee for rods is very hit or miss. I would only use the service again for something I couldn’t find elsewhere.
As I mentioned in my earlier reply, I would only use them for something I couldn't find elsewhere. Well, I found a rod I've wanted for a while and got it for a much cheaper price than I would on ebay or if someone was selling one in the classifieds. The shipping was $158 from Tokyo to Atlanta. Again, I knew that going in and the total was still a bit cheaper than what I think the rod would go for from a seller here or on ebay, if I could find the rod to being with.
The rod arrived at my office today and in the UPS delivery guys' hands, the rod packaging was bending. This time, I didn't get the sturdy rod tube (I won the auction from a seller that had lots of auctions, thinking he has a store that sells fishing gear and would understand the need for a sturdy rod tube). The UPS delivery guy was nice enough to stand there as I opened the package. A flat out miracle that the rod wasn't damaged! Wow, was I lucky. The hit or miss nature of shipping via buyee (you'd think for their handling the fee, they would stick it in a tube ) struck again, but I was lucky. The flimsy cardboard triangular shaped box somehow was ok, even though it had a rip in the upper third, causing a bend in the package. The upside to buyee's ridiculous shipping policies is that the rod was shipped from Tokyo on Sunday night Atlanta time and I got it today.
LowRange wrote:Don't do it. They don't upgrade the shipping container so whatever container is used in Japan will be what comes to your door. The shipping costs can be outrageous too. I got my Orochi XX JPN through Buyee and it cost like $200 in shipping alone and there is no easy way to back out of a purchase and no way to know shipping costs until it is time to ship. You win a bid, Buyee buys it and let's you know it is at their warehouse waiting for you to pay them + shipping. You don't pay them and they hammer you with storage fees until they get their money. I payed $500 total for my EMTF JPN and it arrived in a Megabass single wall thickness triangular box and I am one of the fortunate ones. Others have had rods arrive broken and been SOL.
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That is crazy!!!