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Ordered Panasonic 35-100mm from Japan -- arrived in THREE DAYS!

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by entropicremnants, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    I have to say I'm impressed. On this past weekend I ordered from an eBay vendor with a great reputation and a great price on the Panasonic 35-100m f/2.8 lens.

    The price was $1098 USD and about $25 for shipping for a totall of $1123 USD -- less than what I paid from my 12-35mm!

    Japan Post EMS (express mail service) tracking showed the lens shipped, cleared Tokyo outbound for the United States all by Monday night.

    On Tuesday night it was in JFK in New York City.

    On Wednesday the USPS attempted signature required delivery but my wife was out.

    Today (Thursday) she went to the post office and got it for me. I'm amazed at how fast this shipping and the system moved and processed this including clearing US Customs.

    THREE DAYS!

    Everything in the box is in Japanese, lol. But Panasonic has a worldwide warranty system so this isn't even "gray market".

    Fantastic. So far my tests of the lens are thrilling me. I love it.

    The vendor's ebay user name is: matsuiyastore Matsuiyastore store on eBay!

    The are Matsuiya International Ltd. of Kanagawa, Japan.
     
  2. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    Yeah I typically buy from Ebay Japanese vendors and usually it's in San Francisco in less than 3 days
     
  3. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    I had no idea this was possible.
     
  4. Azon

    Azon Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Jan 6, 2013
    Congrats. Can't wait to see your first session!
     
  5. ill_dawg

    ill_dawg Mu-43 Veteran

    201
    Aug 26, 2010
    But did it come with chopsticks?

    Sent from my A500 using Tapatalk HD
     
  6. briloop

    briloop Mu-43 Regular

    171
    May 23, 2012
    Mount Juliet, TN
    Did you have to pay any customs duties?
     
  7. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    454
    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    Yeap... Super Fast Shipping... I bought a couple cctv lenses from Hong kong a couple of weeks back and they were here in 4 days
     
  8. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

    184
    Jul 8, 2012
    Mine showed up 5 days after shipping. I did not have to pay custom duties. Tracking showed it was in and out of customs in 3 hours.
     
  9. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Ditto. What I paid the vendor was the entire cost out-of-pocket.
     
  10. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Poor taste, but whatver...
     
  11. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

    184
    Jul 8, 2012
    Very nice lens. I shot my daughter's first communion inside a church with it right after I got it. Great results. I took 200 pictures without even realizing it. It was so easy to keep the camera close to my eye, ready for a shot. Almost no weight to it, even with a flash, grip and 2 batteries.
     
  12. mangomonster

    mangomonster Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Jun 10, 2012
    customs

    You may get a customs fee due in the mail from the carrier at a later date. That happened to me when I bought the 12-35 lens from DigitalRev in Hongkong. Fedex sent me a $30 customs due invoice the following month.
     
  13. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    That rarely happens with EMS/USPS but almost always do with Fedex/UPS/DHL.

    I dunno why:)

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Mu-43 mobile app
     
  14. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    Yeah it's possible with EMS. You can also use the same service outbound from the US.

    It's always about half the price or less than the big private companies. very cheap insurance too.

    I just sent a big 5kg package yesterday from here in Tokyo to CA and I expect it to arrive in 3-4 working days or so.

    Although this service is largely dependent on each country's postal system.

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Mu-43 mobile app
     
  15. ill_dawg

    ill_dawg Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2010
  16. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Ha ha, it is indeed a gem.

    I have a friend who works for the Justice Department in the anti discrimination unit and he has fine tuned my ear to ethnic disrespect. In fact he is Asian. Hence my reaction but I see what you meant now.
     
  17. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    That is a great price on a great lens. You will love it. I had no idea that Panasonic didn't have warranties for individual countries. That is great. Weird that in a "global economy" all companies don't do that.
     
  18. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2013
    John, I hope the new lens performs well for you. I tend to avoid international purchases on gear such as lenses regardless the savings, for the risk of receiving a poor copy.
     
  19. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    It kicks butt! This seller is apparently the "real thing". I'm certainly satisfied.
     
  20. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
    MN
    Tom
    Thanks for the report! My GAS has this lens at the top of my list... :D