Apr 29, 2015

FromJapan Shopping Service Review


I've been meaning to write this post for a while but I kept on procrastinating and wrote those other posts instead. I'm just not really that familiar with all of the features that this website offers but I'll probably never use them and I can still write about what I do know. 

So, I've been looking for a new shopping service after having tried out Japonica Market. You can find the review for it here
I've read about FromJapan before and it sounded interesting. They are cheaper than Japonica Market and I like the structure of the website. 

You will have to make an account first but then you're good to go. 

I go on Shopping instead of Auction and paste the link to the item into the box. 

You will get this next. I filled some of the stuff in to show you what it would look like. But I think that everything is explained quite well by the website. 
You will have to fill all of that out and then go on to the next page. 

On the next page they will show you how much the total is. It will include your maximum bid or the price of the item and 200¥  as a fee for their service. 
Then you can choose how you want to pay. 
1. You can pay with points. You get points with every order and you can invite friends to join the website. You will get about 300 points for that. Every point is worth a ¥. 
2. You can use your credit card or paypal. You will have some additional costs then but 5% aren't that bad and other shopping services charge you paypal fees as well.

You will have a list of the things you ordered when you go to your account. 
You can see the status on the right side but you will also get emails whenever the status changes. 
This is how many emails I got:

1. Confirmation that they received Charge 1 
2. Order has been processed
(3. Email that they got my note to keep leaflets, catalogs or shopping bags/ This is optional and you will have to send them a message to let them know. Otherwise they will throw all of that away. I like to keep everything that's being send with my order, but that's up to you.)
4. Items received at warehouse
5. Confirmation they received Shipping instructions
6. Confirmation packing the package was finished
7. Charge 2 has been sent
8. Charge 2 Payment has been received
9. Order has been shipped

I've ordered several items so I got some of these mails 2 or 3 times. 

You will have 30 days, after you Items have arrived at the warehouse, to fill in the shipping instructions. Some shopping services hold your items longer than 30 days but I think that should be enough. 
Once your stuff has been packed, you will have 3 days to pay the 2nd Charge. If you do not pay in these 3 days, you will have to pay a fee. 

These are the shipping instructions: 

You can choose what items you want to be in a package together, how it should be packed and what shipping method you want.
Although you already choose a shipping method here, you will have to choose it again later when you pay for Charge 2. 
That means you can still change it. 

This would be Charge 2:

Unlike Japonica Market, you can change the value on the invoice here. It might be interesting to some of you. 

As I mentioned above, you can still change your shipping method here. I picked FedEx at first but then changed my mind and went for EMS. It's cheaper and I never had problems with it before.

The last part is the overview of the total for Charge 2. You pay the overseas shipping, domestic shipping in Japan and the Bank transfer fee which has been used to pay for your things. On top of that you have the 5% Paypal fee. 
That's it for the ordering process. 

It didn't take that long for me to get the packages. My first order was delivered to my door but then second one got stuck at customs. I wish they would always deliver to my door. 

These were 2 orders. Everything was inside a separate plastic bag and packed carefully. The box was not damaged and there was enough paper inside to keep the mirror safe.


 Cheapest Commission Fee
 Well-structured Website
 Many Status Updates
 Fast Replies
 Many Shipping Options to choose from/More than what other SS offer
 Points System

Buy from Auctions Sites like Mbok/Yahoo Auctions and Shoppies
 Fluent in English
 Packages safely packed
 You can change the value on the invoice
 Hold items for up to 30 days


You need to make an account
 Website might be confusing for some?
 You have to pay an extra fee if you don't pay in time
 Only hold items for 30 days

I can't really think of many negative points. I only used it twice but it was a good experience each time. 

Also, I finally have both colors! Some of you might have seen this picture on Instagram a few months ago when I got this package. I'm so in love with this dress. 

Anyway, that's it. Leave me a comment ^^


Apr 19, 2015

Galeo by Black Diamond Online Shop Review


I'm way too lazy with reviews sometimes but I wanted to write about my experience with the Galeo online shop. 
I fell in love with this 'Fluffy zip-up Parka' when I see pictures of it and was thinking about getting it for about a month. 
You can find it  --HERE--


04/03  Ordered the Parka
04/03 Got a confirmation Email
05/03 Shipping Confirmation
07/03 Email from the post office with the trackingnumber
14/03 Package was delivered

This is the first time that I got an email from the post office and I was confused for two days and actually sent them a message because I paid for EMS and wanted the tracking number. 
I'm quite pleased with the service, except for not letting me know that I will get the second tracking number later on. They shipped the package out real quick and I didn't even have to go to customs to get it. I did have to pay for it at the door but I would have payed anyway and I prefer doing it at the door instead of waiting days to get a letter and going there. 

I paid about 80€ with shipping + custom fees. 
The parka is just a sweater but I love how soft and fluffy it is. It feels really nice when you wear it. I didn't wear it outside yet because it just keeps on raining and I'm always careful with my first. 
I do have to point out that it is quite thin. I talked to another girl who said it's warm enough but also said that it's thin. It also left some fluff on my shirt that I wore underneath it and I'm a little concerned about how long it's actually gonna last me. 
If you're a fan of Black Diamond, then it's definitely worth it. It's a little too pricey for the quality but if you don't mind paying that much and like the look of it, then you should get it because it's still really soft and looks perfect *^*. 


❤︎ Email Updates
❤︎ English Website
❤︎ Very soft fabric
❤︎ Fast Shipping
❤︎ D.I.A. looking items which you don't need a shopping service for 


✘ They take a few days to reply to messages
✘ The 'Parka' is a little too thin
✘ Only one size
✘ Only one shipping method
✘ Value of the order on the outside/No marking down
It's really up to you and if you think that the Pros outweigh the Cons. I hope this review will help and you can shoot me a message if you have any questions or requests