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Buying a bass from Japan

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Uncle K, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I've got my eye on a bass from an international seller on ebay. Does anyone have any experience with this concerning duties and customs fees? Anything else I should know about?
  2. Classic69

    Classic69 Banned

    Feb 25, 2014
    I think you may be referring to the E-Bay store of Bass Japan:

    If so- have no concerns, he's a reputable dealer. There is a premium (read: higher) price that you'll pay for these basses- Atelier Z, Moon, etc. because there are no Dealers in the States. Basically he buys these instruments in Japan and ships them to you, acting as your "agent" so to speak. Nothing wrong with that; still less expensive than flying to Japan!

    My bass was shipped overseas via EMS (Japan's "Fed-Ex") and then delivered to my home by the USPS, with full-tracking, in 5 days. It arrived in perfect condition, as promised.

    I had no added Duties or Customs fees, and I was happy about that.

    Another instrument I purchased from the UK had an additional unexpected $80 charge due upon delivery.
    I'm assuming the Customs laws are standard regarding musical instruments from Japan, and do not vary state to state.

    There are some VERY nice basses available only from Japan-This is a good source for them.
  3. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Holy cow he has an enormous selection of lefties. I'm in GAS city.