By: Taro Bando
Box & Manual: Included
Naturally used CD. Complete with OBI. CD and inserts are in excellent condition. Please note: Stock image used.
First, the fun stuff...
We take pride in offering you authentic Japanese products (with an occasional exception, where stated). We've established ourselves as one of the most trusted names in bridging the gap between you and the Japanese market (we were serving online buyers of Japanese goods back when Netscape was still cool, and printers came with ribbons). We know there are many fantastic sellers here on eBay you can choose from. It is for this reason, we are humbled by your visit and the prospect of being able to serve you. -All of us at KupikuFor those about to read, we salute you!
EMS Service - Est. delivery: 5-15 days. Online Tracking Available.
$16.75 (1st item, $3.00 any extra item) (Available to most countries)
JPost Registered - Est. delivery: 14-28 days. Online Tracking Available
$12.25 (1st Item, $3.00 any extra item) (Available to most countries)
Japan Post Economy Air Mail Est. delivery: 3-4 weeks (No Tracking)
$7/item (Available only to some countries)
BOX SETS and HEAVIER ITEMS: The above rates apply only to regular items (a standard music CD, a standard video game (ie. a Playstation game, or a Super Nintendo game, etc). If the item you are purchasing is a special item (a boxset, or a larger, heavier item), PLEASE WAIT for our invoice to ensure the CORRECT shipping fee is added. If you purchased a boxset or a heavier item, shipping cost is NOT $5.00 (there is no service on planet earth, that can ship a 1 or 2 kilo box, to a foreign country, for $5). In order to avoid unneccessary delays with your order or if you're simply not sure, simply wait for our invoice after you place your order. Our team will send you an invoice with the correct shipping and handling fee for your convenience.
Delivery times & Secure packing: while we take great efforts to pack your items securely (using our own custom shipping boxes, in addition to wrapping your item in bubble wrap), even out best efforts cannot completely eliminate the risk of damage as a result of postal negligence. Please note that there is only so much a merchant can do to minimize risk associated with international mail, beyond which both the seller (us) and the buyer (you) are solely at the mercy of the postal system. Additionally, some mail, especially when you purchase only standard economy mail, can some times take as long as 4-5 weeks to arrive. Like you, we have no control over this. There are many factors that determine why one package sent from A to B will take one week to arrive, while another package, sent using the same service by another person from A to B, may take 6 weeks. Please consider all factors including those beyond our control, when rating our service.
Is this CD in Japanese?
Yes and no. Any CD that is made in Japan, will of course be sold and intended for the Japanese market. Thus some of the information printed in the inserts will be in Japanese, but of course the music (and vocals) will of course be the same as it would be if you purchased this CD in your country. If Bon Jovi releases a new album world-wide, naturally, most countries will issue their own CDs. For example, if you buy their new CD in Sweden, chances are, the CD will be made in Sweden. If you buy it in Canada, the CD will be the Canadian issue. If you buy it in Japan, you'll be buying the Japanese edition. Needless to say, Bon Jovi won't record their new album in Japanese for the Japanese market, in Swedish for the Swedish market, and so on. The music will be exactly the same on a Japanese CD, as it would be on a U.S. edition. The only difference? Japanese booklets usually have extras (more photos, higher-quality paper, sometimes an additional booklet for the Japanese fans, and- as most collectors will attest to, the mastering and sound quality on Japanese editions is usually superior). There's a reason why "Made in Japan" has commanded premium prices in virtually every product category for the last 30 years or so.
Is this an actual photo of the CD?
Due to the sheer volume of games we sell, in compliance with eBay's recent policy updates, we generally use stock images for many of our listings. Don't worry, we're seasoned veterans and collectors ourselves. The edition advertised is the edition you will receive.
Will this Japanese CD play on my American CD player?
To begin with, chances are, you don't own an American CD player. Take a look at the back: it probably says Made in China (or if you're and audiophile, Made in Japan). That aside, music CDs were not region-coded like many DVDs. Meaning, a music CD that was made in Japan will play on any CD player sold in any country.
Can I buy the CD, and later return it if I don't like it?
Due to the high costs associated with shipping games internationally, and the possibility of people abusing this policy (buying an expensive CD, burning it (making a copy) and then returning it), we do not offer refunds or exchanges in cases where a buyer has simply changed their mind. Please be certain the CD you are buying is the one you want- before choosing to place your order.
Is this CD complete with all original accessories?
The CD, inserts, obi, and case are of course included. Please note that we occasionally use stock images (thus, it is possible the stock photo may show a new CD or a used one without obi: however the CD being offered here, a user former rental shop CD complete with obi).
Why is this so expensive? This is so much more than what it originally cost when it was new...
We don't price our items: the market does. It usually comes down to supply vs. demand. There are countless items (CDs, Video Games, Records, Books, etc) that may have cost $20 when they were originally sold 20 or 30 years ago, but sell today for $200 or more, even in used condition. Our prices are based solely on what these items sell for today in Japan.
I noticed a sudden change in your price. Can I buy it for the price you had it at earlier?
Our prices shift (both upwards and downwards) almost daily. In some cases, several times per day, based on many factors (available stock, currency exchange fluctuations, competitor's prices, and more). Asking to purchase an item for an earlier, lower price, is like asking a gas station attendant if you can buy gasoline at last week's price. :) If you find a great price- lock it in, by placing it your order right away. Additionally, asking for discounts after you place your order is a violation of eBay policies.
Another Japanese seller gave me a tracking number even though I only paid $5 for shipping. Will you?
Another buyer paid the correct shipping fee for tracked mail... will you? ;) Cheekiness aside, everyone operates their business differently. Some sellers may be open to taking a loss, by paying additional shipping costs out of their pockets in cases where buyers elected not to pay for registered mail. We prefer keeping our prices as competitive as possible instead. Offering you the best prices on rare Japanese goods, is our way of giving you more. If you would like tracking with your order, please select Expedited service at Checkout. If you do not see the option- wait for our invoice (do not pay until you see our invoice with the s&h service you prefer).
You are welcome to return your goods for a refund within 30 days of purchase date. Please contact us first, if you wish to return an item. We will respond within 1-2 days and assist you with your request.
In order for a refund to be issued, the following terms must be met:
1. The goods must be received at our return location in Japan, in the exact condition they were sent to you (ie. new items cannot be opened or have their seals tampered with in any way).
2. The package must be returned using a method of shipping with tracking (registered mail, for example). This gives you (and us) proof that the item was in fact received at our returns location, before a subsequent refund can be issued.
3. Please also note, that we will issue a refund, minus the original cost of sending the item to you, plus associated eBay costs (approx. 15-18%). These will not apply, in cases where our team clearly made an error (we sent the wrong item, for example). In case of any issues, we encourage you to contact us first, in order to resolve any discontent and provide a resolution that is fair to both parties, and within the framework of our terms outlined above.
*Products purchased in NEW condition, that have been opened or used in any manner, can no longer be returned in accordance with applicable policies. Articles of clothing that have been worn, washed or otherwise used, as well as DVDs, CDs, or Video Games purchased new, that have been opened, can not be returned for a refund. Please be considerate and reasonable with your request.
Additionally, if you purchase a Japanese DVD, or Video Game and you do not have the required hardware to use the it, returns will not be accepted. Many Japanese media goods were region-coded to work ONLY on Japanese hardware. Example: Japanese Sony Playstation games will work only on a Japanese Playstation, not a European or Canadaian, or American PS. Purchasing a Japanese game, inserting it into a U.S. Playstation and stating "the game doesn't work" is like buying a book in a foreign language, and then returning it and saying "This book is broken".