Although Amazon Japan offers loads of stuff to satisfy my discriminating American sensitivities, there are times when I surf Amazon USA and find an item that tickles my fancy. But will Amazon USA ship this thing to my Japan home? Here's a quick tip for finding out...
* Under the "Other Sellers on Amazon" section, click the "X new from..." link. A list of all Amazon sellers selling the item will appear.
* Scroll through the list, paying close attention to the "delivery" section. Those offering international shipping will naturally have the word "international" in their delivery / shipping information. Use your browser's search page function (usually control/command +F) to find "international." Note that the list of sellers could be a few pages long.
* But how much is it? You could read the seller's shipping info or simply add it to your cart and start going through the check-out process. You'll see the shipping cost before you finalize the purchase. Perform some intense soul-searching to determine if it's really worth it.
Unfortunately, you may find that the shipping cost exceeds the price of the product. I have at times exclaimed, "Oh hells no!" at the check-out page. Then I beat my chest, chug a beer, and start the search for a Japanese alternative. Perhaps you could boost the shipping efficiency by ordering several things at once. Best of luck to you, fellow foreigner!
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