I have bought a number of basses directly from Japan and have never paid a separate tax - but they usually charge $100 - $150 for shipping and it is possible that some of that fee is some kind of Japanese export tax on their end. However, if it is they have never broken it out for me. I have never been charged anything on the US side - and the shipping fee is pretty amazing - it is through the USPS - the last one a few weeks ago I bought off of Ebay on thursday, they shipped it friday and I had it at my doorstep on Monday. Literally two day shipping, not counting sunday.
Hope this helps...
"The bass has a weight and heft to it that feels like a weapon, yet there is a quiet beauty to it as well."
Last edited by BassHappy : 08-11-2013 at 05:45 AM.