It took a little longer than usual, but MP-48 Lio Convoy from Beast Wars II has finally found his way onto Amazon Japan
. As per usual Amazon Japan is offering the best price possible at an export price of only 14,962 JPY he comes in at about $142 USD. The full Japanese price with tax is 22,000 JPY making for a savings of 7,038 JPY for those outside of Japan. If you've never ordered from Amazon it works exactly the same as any other regional version of Amazon and is even available in English. The real kicker is that Japan doesn't charge sales tax on exports so even though a price of 16,159 JPY is shown at the link above, the 8% Tokyo sales tax will be removed at checkout leading to a much bigger savings! Factor in ultra fast shipping of 1,200 JPY that usually averages three days from Japan to your doorstep and it's a hard price to beat. It is recommended that you use a credit card as Amazon doesn't accept PayPal and an overseas bank debit card charge may be declined by the issuer.
if you'd rather deal with a domestic seller or an exporter that offers PayPal you do have options. Hasbro Pulse
, Big Bad Toy Store
, Ages 3 and Up
, Entertainment Earth
, and The Chosen Prime
are all asking $184.99 USD. Robot Kingdom
is $142.99 USD. Hobby Link Japan
are asking 16,000 JPY while Hobby Search
is asking 17,000 JPY. And thanks to Seibertronian AllNewSuperRobot in our Energon Pub Forums we have a UK price of £144.99 at Kapow Toys
and In Demand Toys
Re: MP-48 Lio Convoy Lands on Amazon Japan at the Best Price (2034101)
Posted by figureguy
on August 11th, 2019 @ 10:15am CDT
He is now up to 16,159. I pre-ordered him at 14,871. Usually online the day pre-orders will go up worldwide seems to be told ahead of time. I did it with Blackarachnia and Hound. I kind of play it like the very old fun to remember Botcon Non-Attendee Fax Days. I occasionally re-fresh my phone during the day and every time it pops up on the day it should. I never knew the option was available to use Amazon Japan but I did it with Beast Wars MP Megatron and paid $229 total shipped. If I bought him from a US distributor with tax and shipping would be about $350. It also showed up in 3 days from the date of shipping. It is well worth it and while I was a little hesitant in case there were issues with the toy I have read enough to see that Amazon Japan is just as helpful as Amazon USA.
Re: MP-48 Lio Convoy Lands on Amazon Japan at the Best Price (2034104)
Posted by ZeroWolf
on August 11th, 2019 @ 10:46am CDT
Has anyone from the UK ordered with Amazon.Jp? I'm very interested in Lio but the UK vendors are at £144
If I've translated the price correctly, including shipping it's in the £130 ball park
Re: MP-48 Lio Convoy Lands on Amazon Japan at the Best Price (2034149)
Posted by Emerje
on August 11th, 2019 @ 7:26pm CDT
figureguy wrote:He is now up to 16,159.
Which I pointed out in the article.
The lower price comes in at checkout when they remove tax.