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JaneLim

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I am a miniature collector.

What make me wondering is because lots of spelling error in this website, but other than that it seems like legit website.

Anyone know about this website?

Really appreciate your help.
I do know few others Japanese dealers but so happens, the things that I'm looking for, this website has, and on sale too.

Thanks

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Jane
 

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I got a 403 Forbidden error when I clicked on tge link.
 

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It looks like very low budget web site and, as you say, many spelling mistakes. It's also concerning they only give a web contact form if you need support.
I would try contacting them via support to ask them a question to see how responsive they are. And maybe not make a large order at first.
 

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The site works for me (sometimes sites don't work for me with the VPN turned on), and it looks like they built it in Magento, which represents at least an investment in development if not in licensing.
 

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What make me wondering is too many spelling mistake, secondly the number of followers too low, normally a legit dealer easily 3000++ followers.
This one 200++ only

I think I better follow my instinct and advices from this forum.

I think I will slowly look from my regular dealer, I used to buy from Rakuten Global but last year 1st June 2020 no more Rakuten Global, only Rakuten Ichiba which only send to domestic, we International buyer can register, but because all in Japanese I got stuck, therefore I have lost lots of good dealer 😥

Thanks so much for your time
 

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The site works for me (sometimes sites don't work for me with the VPN turned on), and it looks like they built it in Magento, which represents at least an investment in development if not in licensing.

Oh ....I'm a bit confused and worried, as normally hobby things not cheap, and time is bad, worried I get scam, therefore I find a way, and so happens I Google and found this forum, I love Japan, actually if not because of covid, I had planned to go to Japan by mid 2020 😥😭.

Here local dealers did sell too but too expensive, some I bought from local some I need to source from Japan as certain model of miniature/Re-ment or dolls like Licca, here so limited 😥
 

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Returns a 403 for me, too. I assume they block access from Japan which would be weird, as the registrant is Japanese.
 

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Ok, I will wait more comments first, to be honest my instinct told me not to, but you know as a collectors when we see rare collectibles dolls, Re-ment and miniatures it makes us hesitate.

Last week I try to email them from their website, when I click contact the pop up message appear something like it is too long idle or unused, but dunno why some how my message went thru and I got their reply.
 

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The registrant (I checked at urlvoid.com) is a Japanese-like name that maps to this address in Minami Otsuka which is a small company called Meiryu Import Corp. So it appears like a real place...
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On the other hand this address is linked with complaints of fraud from 2014. It seems to be related to setting up a marathon and not collecting fees even though they didn't have permission to have a marathon.

Seems like there would be more complaints if they were frequently defrauding people though.
 

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Here is one of their first reply

As some of the items is preorder, some dealer will take our credit card first then when stock comes, auto charge, I ordered from Hobby Link Japan, and for Hobby link they allow us to store our items up to 60 days then if we still not yet arrange send, it will auto send.

As I'm looking for Sylvanian Families which lots of new stock will be released on May, June and July, but pricing wise Zipang-Hobby cheaper by ¥ 500 to ¥1000, as I will buy quite a fair bit so at first I'm thinking if I can save more then I can get more other designs 😑
 

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Hmmmm so scary ya...lucky I never give any detail on my credit card yet, but they have my home address and contact number 😪😭😭😭
 

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Which is not a Japanese name btw. That's why I said Japanese-like.
Thanks to all of you, spend time to help me for the information.

Grateful for the founder to create this forum, admin and commentators.

Now I need to start look for other dealers.

This morning, I saw lots of their preorder stock being delete from the website, normally legitimate dealer seldom delete it, they will put stop orders or back orders.

This Zipang- Hobby deleted all the preorders products photos not even left 1 photo, that's give me red flag no 3.

Hopefully others read this too so that they won't get scam 😡😤
 

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Hmmmm
I think this is not the same one right, I think this Zipang Hobby copy the real seller ?

It is like handling some csi cases
 

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Thanks to all of you, spend time to help me for the information.

Grateful for the founder to create this forum, admin and commentators.

Now I need to start look for other dealers.

This morning, I saw lots of their preorder stock being delete from the website, normally legitimate dealer seldom delete it, they will put stop orders or back orders.

This Zipang- Hobby deleted all the preorders products photos not even left 1 photo, that's give me red flag no 3.

Hopefully others read this too so that they won't get scam 😡😤
And thanks for coming here. The site is getting an increasing number of queries on company legitimacy and your query may encourage others. How did you come across the site?
 

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And thanks for coming here. The site is getting an increasing number of queries on company legitimacy and your query may encourage others. How did you come across the site?
I just Google with keyword,
How to check whether the company at Japan is legitimate?

Then came out lots of website, forum so I just read the title/headline then click
In fact I just search one time, then I came across this Forum, actually my instinct has told me that dealer/website is scam, but I just want to confirm, to clear my doubts, as of course in my heart I hope my instinct was wrong as I really love the things they sell 😔.
 

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Possess double reply as my internet got problem, I thought my reply didn't get through.

Happy weekend all 😊
 

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Thanks for the useful reply!
 
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