Sunday, January 25, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
LIZ LISA X My Melody collaboration MeloMelo Carry
Price: ¥30,000 -> ¥32,400 tax
Worth: around ¥60,000
Contents: 9 items inside: Fur Coat • Scallop Blouse • Suspender Skirt • Cardigan • String Aline Top • Lace Sukapan • Floral Onepiece • My Melody Pouch • Blanket
* All sizes are M
* Sold only in Liz Lisa stores
* Could make 3 different coordinates!
I knew Liz Lisa was going do some in-store exclusive like last year so I decided to hold off from spending all my money on Tokyo Kawaii Life lucky packs. Once I saw the My Melody luggage announced on LL blog, I was like "I MUST HAVE IT!". I remember the shopping service that Emiiichan used for her 2014 Liz Lisa x My Melody carry so I contacted Tokyo Pirates. Tokyo Pirates is a shopping service that provides in-store and online purchases for those who don't live in Japan. Jamie runs this business and lives in the Tokyo area. She charges a flat 500yen travel fee for stores located in Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Harajuku + paypal fee + commission fee depending on the total price of your order. Please check her website for information and her terms & conditions here.
I exchanged around 16 emails with Jamie. She replies within 24-48hrs. Here's a quick description of the timeline.
TIMELINE (USA Pacific Standard Time)
Dec 1: I contacted them to place an order of the Liz Lisa x My Melody 2015 fukubukuro.
Dec 2: Jamie replied saying it will be no problem to reserve costs would be ¥500 travel fee & ¥4000 for commission fee. The remaining costs of LL luggage and international shipping fee come later. If I was okay with this then confirm.
Dec 2: I confirmed back
Dec 2: Jamie replied back saying she added my name to the slot and would send me an invoice later in the month
Dec 7: Jamie sent me an invoice of ¥4,724 JPY as a deposit for the lucky pack. The deposit is refundable if she's unable to obtain the item. With the exchange rate, my card was charged $39.93 USD.
Dec 20: Jamie emailed me saying she was able to reserve the suitcase ahead of sales so it would be mine for sure! I was surprised to hear you can reserve lucky packs in advance. It wasn't like this back 2012-2013 ^^ She sent me an invoice of ¥33,757 JPY with conversion it was $289.10 USD
Dec 21: Paid invoice
Dec 24: Jamie replied back confirming my payment
Jan 3: I sent Jamie an email asking if she was able to get the suitcase
Jan 4: Jamie said my suitcase arrived in the afternoon. She mention that the post offices would be closed during the holiday season so she can mail it out after Jan 12. That was fine with me cause I was in no rush. Couple hours later she sent me an invoice for international shipping of ¥12,529 JPY with conversion rate it was $107.59 USD
Jan 7: Paid for shipping. I lost my debit card sometime during Jan 4-6. Not sure where it is but no one used it *phew* Chase gave me a replacement card right away on the 7th.
Jan 13: Jamie emailed me saying she mailed my fukubukuro!
Jan 17: It arrived!
Fees & Total Amount in a nutshell
¥4,724=$39.93 (Commission fee ¥4,000 + Travel fee ¥500yen + Paypal fee ¥224)
¥33,757=$289.10 ( Liz Lisa x My Melody ¥32,400 + Paypal fee 1,357)
¥12,529= $107.59 (International shipping fee ¥12,000 + Paypal fee ¥529)
TOTAL: ¥51,010 = $436.62
Jamie also attached this cute ribbon hair pin to the luggage. Thank you!
NOW ON WITH THE REVEAL...