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    Film, etc. from Japan

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    Over the years, I have helped a few members get film from Japan, because those particular films are not available in their countries. Now, I'd like to start this as a formal small business venture. But before doing so, I would appreciate hearing from members.

    I won't be able to get film from Fuji direct. I'll have to buy from places like Yodobashi, where the film is stored properly, and prices are generally stable. There are other places where film may be cheaper, but I'm a bit wary, since they seem to keep changing prices, or store film in inappropriate conditions. Yodobashi also ships film through "Cool Takyubin", which is shipping in a refrigerated van.

    Pricing will be 5% above the price (in red numbers) you see at www.yodobashi.com plus shipping. That small margin allows for Paypal fees, packing and handling. The smaller yellow numbers are the 10% points I get, and represent my profit. Shipping will be only through JapanPost EMS, and the table can be found here: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/cha...ms_all_en.html
    An 8x10 film box weighs about 600 grams, and shipped weight is about 900 grams. 4x5 is 175 grams, with shipping weight of about 450 grams.

    How will it work?
    Check www.yodobashi.com and confirm the price. Send me an email at uchinomishiharai@gmail.com with your requirements. I add 5% plus shipping costs to your destination, and send you an invoice. You pay the invoice, and I order from Yodobashi. When the film arrives, I package and ship it, either the same or the next business day. While it is in my possession, the film will be refrigerated.

    Later on, if volumes increase substantially, I will set up a proper web store.

    I welcome your thoughts, opinions and suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Kumar
    Last edited by B.S.Kumar; 28-Feb-2016 at 19:58.

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    Re: Film from Japan

    Sounds good to me.

    Thomas

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    Re: Film from Japan

    I'm in.

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    Re: Film from Japan

    Can someone link to Fuji Acros?

    I cannot find a translation button and blindly clicking got me nowhere near it.

    Thanks

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    Re: Film from Japan

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Can someone link to Fuji Acros?

    I cannot find a translation button and blindly clicking got me nowhere near it.

    Thanks
    Type Fuji in the search box - you'll get it
    Alan

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    Re: Film from Japan

    I love Velvia 50, but it costs 5 bucks a sheet, and five bucks a sheet to develop, so I really cannot afford to shoot color anymore.

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    Re: Film from Japan

    You can type in Acros 8x10 or Acros 4x5 in the search box on the Yodobashi home page, and you"ll be taken to the page with the relevant links. For example, searching for Acros 4x5 gets you to this page: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/category...os+4x5&ginput=
    There you see three links, but two of them are for discontinued products/packaging. All available items have prices in red. Google Translate does a decent job.

    And to clarify, the invoice and payment will be in Japanese Yen.

    Kumar

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    Re: Film from Japan

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Meisburger View Post
    I love Velvia 50, but it costs 5 bucks a sheet, and five bucks a sheet to develop, so I really cannot afford to shoot color anymore.
    Agreed. I have a box or Velvia 50 but I can't get myself to load it!

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    Re: Film from Japan

    Great initiative.

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    Re: Film from Japan

    Thanks Kumar. I converted yen to USD and !

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