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    Default Buying music from Japan, Japanese proxy services???

    This is a bit random, and I wasn't sure where this topic should go.

    Anyway, in my search for rare stuff, I found a rare vinyl record that seems to only be for sale on some Japanese Yahoo! Auctions website. It's Japanese, so I'd have to use some proxy service like Buyee or ZenMarket to order it.

    Are proxy services like these a legit, safe way to buy stuff? Or am I asking for trouble, hassle, and headache if I go this route?

    I feel slightly under pressure since the auction ends in less than two days, but I don't want to make a purchase I'll regret!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    This is a bit random, and I wasn't sure where this topic should go.

    Anyway, in my search for rare stuff, I found a rare vinyl record that seems to only be for sale on some Japanese Yahoo! Auctions website. It's Japanese, so I'd have to use some proxy service like Buyee or ZenMarket to order it.

    Are proxy services like these a legit, safe way to buy stuff? Or am I asking for trouble, hassle, and headache if I go this route?

    I feel slightly under pressure since the auction ends in less than two days, but I don't want to make a purchase I'll regret!
    I have no idea about the proxy sites but Japan is the place to get rare stuff. Only problem is they charge a premium for it. There's a few LVB cycles I want (rare) but the prices being quoted are frankly preposterous. All these seem to be in limited runs too. How they have got access to these masters is also something I'm suspicious of. For example, how did Tower Japan get hold of the masters to Dorati's now lost Mercury Beethoven cycle when the masters haven't been seen for 30 years and are alleged to be in Hamburg (but no one really knows)?
    Last edited by Merl; Jun-17-2020 at 00:32.

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