Hello all, I am going off to Sapporo, Japan this Friday to live there until July 25th.
If anyone is interested in Angelic Pretty items, there is a store not too far from where I will be staying that sells select AP items. (So it's not a full-fledge AP store, but it carries their items along with Innocent World, and some other brands, see comments below!)
I can go shopping there afterschool throughout the week and during the weekends.
I will be staying with a friend who is very good at Japanese and I am studying the language myself so I will be able to communicate with people in the shops on a basic level and my friend can help me here and there.
This is just a post to generate interest. I don't plan on making this some kind of full time business or anything. I just thought it would be nice to help some members here get what they want and hopefully make a few bucks on the side to save up for my own purchases. As for the commission percentage rate, I am thinking somewhere around 10% of the original item, and then tack on shipping and then the actual item price. Depending on how many people are interested, I will either ship direct from Japan or ship once I return to the states but I am thinking I might be able to ship directly from Japan. I need to discuss that with my friend first just to make sure.
If you're not interested, please don't flame me, I just thought I'd do something nice and helpful for a change. I know that there are others who have shopping services for a wider range of stores, and if you use them, that's fine. I figured since I will be going to the building where AP is located anyway, I thought I'd ask. If you are interested, please leave a post. I may also be able to get items from department stores like h.Naoto.
(The building where AP is located also has a BSSB and a Meta but I know both of those ship overseas online so that's why I didn't bother asking if anyone wanted stuff from there.)
I will make another post in the near future with more concrete details if anyone is interested at all.
June 18th Update!
EDIT: OK I am finally here! I went to the stores yesterday. Besides Meta and Baby there is a KeraShop which carries many lolita brands as well as gothish and punk clothing too, and a store called Super Lovers which is sort of punkish, I think.
In terms of AP selection at Kerashop, well, I didnt have much time to examine all the items but I know for sure they have Innocent World as I saw signs all over for it.
If you want something, please E-MAIL me: email@example.com. I have decided that LJ gives me a headache the way it strings comments and such and email is just so much more organized anyway, so I will not be looking at any requests posted as a comment to this post. Gomenasai!
In your e-mail PLEASE include a picture of the item(s) you are looking for, and any other info about the item like the brand, target price, etc. I will do everything in my best ability to check and see if they have it next time I visit the shops. I can not make any promises with regard to if they will have an item or not. Please don't ask me if I can get it special-ordered because I am not proficient enough to do so and this is sort of like an 'on the side' thing for me anyway....if you are not able to find something, perhaps ask one of the girls offering shopping services in Tokyo. Scroll down to "How it Works" for more info. If you have questions, you can post them here, and that would be preferred although I won't be mad or anything if you e-mail me! :)
If you want Baby or Meta I could still probably look for you (especially if you want something from KeraShop but you also wanted a little something from Baby or Meta too and wanted to get it all in one package.) The stores are all next to each other on the same floor, so it wouldn't kill me to walk a few feet and see what they have. :)
Please E-Mail ......I think it will be a lot easier for me that way since I check e-mail more than I check LJ.
The g-mail address I provided is not my main email but rather my secondary account and there aren't many messages in the inbox, so I will see all of your messages easier and there won't be a chance that I could miss it on accident. :)
Here is what I charge:
Original Item Price + 10% of that price added on + Shipping Fees = Total cost.
((If you want a LOT of items I may add on a carrying fee for store to apartment to post office.))
Here's how it works:
1) Tell me via EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org) what you are looking for by attaching PICTURE(s) and please tell me the brand name of each item and the estimated price so I have a general idea. (Also forgot to mention you can also just simply include a link to the item on its respective brand website and tell me what color or variation of it you want.)
PLEASE include your LJ username so I know who it's for. :)
2) I will go and have a look for the item to see if they have what you want. This may take a little while so please be understanding. I don't know if I will go to the shop every day or not because I have classes in the PM so it might be on weekends, we'll see. (Or possibly in the AM....)
3) Once I confirm with you what item(s) they have and do not have, if you still want them, please tell me which item(s) you want, and then please send me a message of confirmation. I will reply back to that and tell you to wire me the amount for the ORIGINAL PRICE of the ITEM(S) to my paypal acct. Then I will go out and buy your item(s) as soon as I receive the paypal payment. Then I will bring the item(s) back to the apartment.
4) Once I have enough orders or if I get a moment to run to the post office because I need to mail something anyway, I will e-mail you about sending me the rest of the payment for shipping (EMS, I believe) and the commission fee, and I will tell you how much it is. Once you send the rest of the payment, I will go to the post office and have it sent out. I do not yet know if I will charge a carrying fee because I'm not sure of the distance to the post office. I think if you order a certain amount of stuff, I may tack on a small fee if I have to schlep it from the shop back to the apartment and then to the post office.
Just as a little side note, I am going to say that this shop isn't extremely large (KeraShop) so there's a chance that if you only want AP items, you may not be able to get the item you want as they only have a few select items like perhaps a few dresses or socks or parasols but maybe not another item like a headdress. If the item you want is on sale, I will let you know! They do have lolita shoes, and there are shops in the underground mall nearby (Pole Town) that carry AnTenna Shoes as well as another brand for around 7,000Y or so I think was the cheapest price I saw. Baby has shoes as well and so does Meta and KeraShop. They also have depaatos that sell loli style socks so if you want a pair of cheaper socks just say "I want some all white socks for around this price" or "I want cheaper, nonbrand all black socks" and I can go see what I can find!!
I haven't tried shipping anything yet, so once I figure out how to mail stuff overseas, I can start shipping items.
As for h.Naoto items, and such, I will make a separate update for you folks who would like those items once I find out which departo has them. :) Thanks for your patience!!