Cheating the System to Get Japan-Only Goods

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Remember the days when the internet couldn’t do absolutely everything you wanted it to? Yeah, me neither. For those of us hindered by online retailers unwilling to ship to the States, online proxy services are popping up and becoming more and more common for this kind of transaction—tell them what you want and they’ll buy and ship it to you. Valet has the full details on the experience. The most common proxy location is Japan, and one of the more popular sites, Japan Goods Finder, even lists common wanted items, with a quick calculator that adds labor and shipping.

Payment is done through Paypal and the typical fee is between 15% and 35% of the item’s cost—a small price to pay for the satisfaction of owning something you cannot buy in America.