Japan import cd stores in the USA?

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  1. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    Location:
    06790
    Are there any US online stores that sell import cds from Japan?
     
  2. tmtomh

    tmtomh Forum Resident

    That's a good question. I don't know of any. Bullmoose.com will often list Japan CDs, but they almost never stock them - if you buy from them, you're basically asking them to order them from Japan for you, if they can even get them, and the prices usually reflect that (i.e. they are relatively expensive).

    I've had great luck with CDJapan - decent prices, multiple shipping options including some reasonably priced options, and fantastic shipping packaging.

    I also just placed my first-ever order from Amazon Japan, and it was excellent. I placed the order on Friday March 30. They shipped it out from Japan on March 31, and it was delivered to my door before noon today (April 2) - shockingly fast!

    Shipping wasn't cheap, but not real bad either, about $10. I ordered two CDs. One of them was literally unavailable anywhere else - not even eBay, discogs, or CDJapan. And the other one was 1/3 the price of the only other copy I could find (which was from a US seller on eBay).

    So I got both CDs from Amazon Japan for only $6 more than the one CD would have been by itself from the US-based eBay seller. And I got them much faster than that eBay CD would've reached me via the included "economy shipping."

    The Amazon CDs also arrived wrapped in plastic, secured down to a cardboard sheet, which was inside a decent-sized box.

    So my recommendation is CDJapan and Amazon Japan.
     
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  3. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    Location:
    06790
    Thanks.
    Finding Judas Priest Japan import 1990 cds were not hard but wanna find the Iron Maiden Japan import cds which seem to be hard to find cheap
     
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  4. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    Location:
    06790
    Maybe I’ll start buying from amazon Japan!
     
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  5. tmtomh

    tmtomh Forum Resident

    Ah, I see. If you're talking older, 1980s/early '90s Japan CDs, which are going to be used most likely, definitely check discogs first - that's usually the best source (except if someone here happens to list them in the Classifieds). But if you're looking to purchase multiple CDs, a Japan-based seller makes sense because the per-CD shipping cost is more reasonable than paying to ship a single CD from Japan.

    Indeed! Just one caveat: Both my CDs were sold directly by Amazon Japan. I can't vouch for what the experience would be like buying from Amazon Marketplace sellers in Japan.
     
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  6. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    Location:
    06790
    Thanks man for the help!
    I wanna get some of my thrash albums like overkill and Anthrax Iron Maiden and Megadeth from Japan.it seems they sound better then the USA masters.
     
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  7. Scott Sheagren

    Scott Sheagren I’m a Metal,Rock,Jazz Fusion,Gaga type of guy. Thread Starter

    Location:
    06790
    I understand!
    You have been a big help I love this website and people like you for the help!
     
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  8. Andrew

    Andrew Chairman of the Bored

    Anybody remember a place in L.A. called "CD Bonzai" back in the 1980s? I went there once and nearly fainted from the sticker shock.
     

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