My order from Yokatta, an online shopping service from Japan, came in today. The order shipped out Nov. 31st with SAL (no tracking). I guess the order hit holiday shipping delays, the same way my bk1 orders have (which I will blog about later). This is my first time using Yokatta so I have to say I was a little uneasy when the shipment didn’t come after 4-5 weeks. I emailed them about it and they replied that there wasn’t anything they could do about it, so all I could have done was wait. Glad that nothing happened to my package and it arrived in one piece \(^_^)/.
As you can see, I have four items in my order. It was actually two separate requests placed into one service order. Mai-HiME FanBook Vol. 10 by Doropanda Tours (ShizNat doujin) was a Yahoo JP Auction item. I got it for 1000 yen + 800 yen service fee (700 yen + 10% item’s final value) + 280 yen (shipping & bank wiring fees for auction), which is around the price of ordering Doropanda Tours ShizNat doujins from Mandarake, but they didn’t have this volume. The seller rated it as condition: B, but it arrived like what looks like perfect condition to me… I don’t see anything that could really degrade it to an “average” rating. I guess Japanese people have stricter grading policies. I’m not complaining.
I thought I’d end my order there, but then I thought it’d be a waste to just order one item from a deputy service when they could hold items for up to 4 months before shipping. And one of the reasons I chose Yokatta out of all the other deputy services, is because they only charge 700 for up to 3 items for web orders (not auction). So of course, I had to ask Yokatta to place another order from Tora no Ana. The three items I asked for was…
Natsu Kage (夏陰) by circle: Yubisaki Studio (ユビサキスタジオ) / author: Hidari Kagetora (左カゲトラ)
Mai-HiME FanBook Vol. 12 (トリコ仕掛けと優しいケモノ) by circle: Doropanda Tours (どろぱんだTOURS) / author: Nanzaki Iku (南崎いく)
Kimi no Tonari (キミのとなり) by circle: Waterfall / author: Takano Saku (嵩乃朔)
The order came in a pretty plain-looking hard cardboard(?) package. They lied in customs.
Inside was a white cardboard package along with a Amazon.co.jp packaging slip. I’m guessing it’s in case customs opened the package to check its contents. I was confused at first, but then I realized my doujins were inside this package.
I could recommend this place if you’re looking to order doujinshi that you can’t get anywhere else (like Mandarake) and have the money to spend. As a shopping service, this place is a little cheaper than other places I’ve looked into in terms of service charge, but they could be ripping me off in other fees. The service charge is 700 yen for up to three items, which is cheaper than Ash when your items exceed 584 yen each. But as I mentioned, they might have added a few hundred yen here and there, for example, the shipping charges at Tora no Ana, and whatever other fees you may have to pay. I can’t exactly tell though, since I don’t know how much Tora no Ana charged for shipping & handling. I think I’ll still use this service if the fees are well over Ash’s service fees, but in this case, there were pretty comparable so I was probably better off going with Ash.
(Aside: Just FYI, I’ve never read anything from Yubisaki Studio/Hidari Kagetora. I just happened to come across this doujin, which looked appealing enough, and I didn’t have anything else I wanted at the time, so I added Natsu Kage to my order. I haven’t read it yet so I can’t share my experience with this circle/author yet. In terms of the other books, I like Waterfall and Doropanda Tours’ ShizNat doujins so I don’t think I can go wrong with those circles. I will consider writing a blog post about these doujins after reading them, but that may or may not happen.)