Originally Posted by mep
That's odd to hear you say. Everything that I've purchased from JR's ebay store has been substantially less than Tamiya USA's MSRP(items still in production that is), and there are no extra fees added to the invoice ever. His shipping costs are usually affordable, and far less than any other out-of-country sellers(for USA delivery that is). On top of that, I receive his shipments from Tokyo faster than most sellers on the US west coast, which is usually 2-3 days after payment.
With that said, if you can link us to a place to buy Tamiya parts outside of the USA for less, with the same awesome service, please hook us up! Maybe I'm missing out on some killer deals
First i want to give you guys some back ground on Me. I have lived in Japan now for 7 years. Before i lived in America so i know both sides of the fence on that one. I also work at a RC shop in Japan so i know both sides of that also.Shopper and retailer.
I know all about Ebay and how things are done there.
I have worked at this shop for over a year. I do everything for the Japanese web shop and overseas sales. We are not the cheapest store on the web.RC Champ is by far the best place to buy stuff if you need it cheap,dont know about thier service as i have only talked bussiness with Masa-san once.
There isnt a shop in Japan that sells overseas that really cares to take care of the orders very well.
Even RC Champ has a limited english page,Rainbow 10 charges list price and then only has a list of what they might have. JR-RC charges over list price for normal items and then dosent really help customers even if they buy alot of parts from there. Some people even get banned for asking questions.
This is where i work
It sucks as everything is in Japanese,You have to use pictures but you can see that there are links at the bottom for mini stuff on this 510 page.
I will not be working here much longer as i will have my own thing going Febraury.
Here is the bad stuff about where i work.It all in Japanese,only EMS shipping,its all in Yen, and We dont have some of the really cool stuff like Square wheels and the other little stuff you might want. Basically if you need something just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Part numbers are great but if its Tamiya i usally know what you are talking about.
The good stuff is 10% off most stuff on hand, and i can hold it in my hand and let you know more info if you need it. I know RC cars.Paypal without fees.
EMS is very fast.
The big motovation for me is the fact that i know what customers go through just to enjoy RC cars. Tamiya isnt susported very well anywhere but Japan. Most Japanese companies just think other countries are a waste of time.I have pretty much supplied all of RC tech with a Kyosho car that Kyosho will not import to the U.S. Mark up is huge in some countries and it just sucks.
Things are about to change for the better soon enough. But untill then the best i can do for fellow english speaker is what i have been doing,Good prices great service.
Most of these guys are pretty happy.
Kyosho Gas powered 1/12th pan car