Like the ones from Ungrid, Liz Lisa or GYDA.
(I’ll be talking about Ungrid and GYDA next post :upheart: )
I’ve discovered Tenso is a great shopping service. It’s saved me money and headaches so I thought I’d pass along why it’s good. :upheart:
I HATE FEES!
I was really happy using Japonica, but the problem is they only use paypal. Like many services they ask you to pay at the time of payment then at the time of shipping.
Using paypal it means paying the paypal fee PLUS the horrible yen exchange rate of paypal TWICE. If you haven’t noticed the exchange rate in paypal is usually off and you pay a bit more without getting anything. It’s not Japonica’s fault, it’s just any service that goes through paypal screws you over on paypal’s side (Lauren commented she has a workaround for their bad exchange rate, read below). So it’s very expensive to order from a service that requires paypal.
Instead I decided to check out tenso. They take cards! :upheart:
Tenso is a forwarding service. It’s not a buying service.
What’s the difference?
With a buying service you tell someone what to buy and they pay for the item and order it to their place.
With a forwarding service you order the item from the clothing website and ship it to the company (tenso). So you have to sign up for a website, and deal with the Japanese enough to sign up and order.
However because you’re ordering the item, the payment goes through your account and there’s NO FEE.
Here’s a little flow chart to explain what I mean:
Tenso step one: Sign up at Tenso
It’s free and can be all in English if you choose. After you register you’ll be given a personalized shipping address.
Your own special address looks like this. :upani:
You insert it in the store’s address you want to buy
Your number will be a specialized number just for you, but everything else is the same.
Tenso step two: Signing up at shop site & buying your item
At the webstore. I’m using Runway Channel since I just ordered from them. You have to put in the address they gave you.
On the webstore you want to buy from you give them your credit card details.
They charge you and there is no fee only the exchange rate your bank puts on cards.
Step three: Your item arrives at Tenso
Once your item is shipped from the webstore to Tenso you’ll get a mail.
You can buy from more than one store and for a fee they’ll ship your two packages together.
For customs they will have a form filled out with the prices you paid. HOWEVER you can change your purchase to lower money amounts for customs if you so desire.
Step four: Paying the tenso fee and shipping
Tenso charges by weight. If you’re buying clothing, especially non coat items then your fee should be quite inexpensive. In my own experience (two orders) I have found the fee is ridiculously cheap.
I ordered the four items I talked about in my Fall gets and my fee was 980 yen. You simply pay by either paypal or credit card via Tenso. Since I hate paypal fees I used credit card.
warning: Tenso only ships EMS which is expensive. Although most forwarding services do. :worries:
Once you pay you’ll get an e-mail like this (it’s my e-mail).
Then when they ship it (which is usually same or next day) they’ll send you an EMS tracking number and poof clothing :upheart:
I really love this service. It’s so easy to use. I don’t have to deal with anyone, and it’s just really two steps: buying from the webstore and paying tenso. You can use it on any site that takes credit cards, not just clothing. This is my second time using the service and I’ve been really satisfied.
Lauren says about paypal and Japanese yen:
There’s a way to get around paying paypal’s shitty currency exchange rate! If you pay with your credit card instead of your bank account, there’s an option to be charged in JPY. After you select to pay by credit, it’ll say:
Credit/Debit Card : Visa XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-
And directly under that is “other conversion options”. Click that and you can select, “Bill me in the currency listed on the seller’s invoice.” It’s a good way to save yourself a little money for when you can’t use tenso.
This is great advice, thanks Lauren! Still have to pay paypal’s fees but less money is less money :upheart: Lauren has a lot more information below in her comment, let her know you enjoy it. I certainly did