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Buying VNs
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:03:05 am »
Other than amazon.co.jp and netride, what other sites are viable ways of buying VNs? There are a couple I'd like but that don't ship to the States on amazon :x
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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 01:24:32 am »
I dunno how helpful this'll be to you since I'm British and only buy all-ages game online, but the main places I use are AmiAmi and PaletWeb. AmiAmi lists its prices in yen and usually has a discount of sorts, and the shipping is pretty decently priced. 18+ VNs are Japanese Sales only though. You have to make an account on PaletWeb to see the 18+ games but they're there none-the-less. There's J-List too but they only have a limited selection.

AmiAmi is my favourite due to the £ being awesome against the yen and the discounts, but since you're not British that probably doesn't matter lol.

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2012, 10:22:09 am »
Weelllll looks expensive, but I still think I'd like to go through with it. Can I ask what shipping method you used? Just wondering if it's actually worth it to shell out the extra cash for insurance and whatnot.
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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2012, 07:04:06 pm »
It depends on what I'm buying. For cheap things like doujin games I just go with the cheapest shipping available, since I don't really mind them taking ages to arrive, and I'm not fussed about it getting broken or lost (never happens anyway). For a pricey commercial VN though, you'll want shipping with insurance and tracking, just to be safe. You're already paying a lot of money, so might as well make sure you don't have to buy the damn thing again because the postman dropped it or something.

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2012, 10:26:59 am »
18+ VNs are Japanese Sales only though.

Just like every other item listed as "Japan only" in Amiami, porn games are available internationally. They just don't care.

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2013, 07:30:53 am »
Just like every other item listed as "Japan only" in Amiami, porn games are available internationally. They just don't care.

Yes, Amiami is great for this. I am convinced they only leave those warnings up so the companies/makers of the merchandise won't give them grief about it.

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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2013, 12:12:12 am »
Hm... I considered buying a bunch of VN from AmiAmi since price seems fair, but was put off because of restriction to Japan only.

So, since they don't give a damn, can someone tell me about delivery? How exactly does it work?

Can they sell games anywhere or only to selected number of countries? And since I heard that they can increase price for delivery out of the blue, what kind of sum it can be? 10$, 20$ or more? Also, how they pack purchased games? Because, frankly speaking, our mail services are awful. If something can be broken, it will be unless they will pack it good enough.

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2013, 12:16:31 am »
I'm no expert on this stuff because the prices get ridiculous so fast that I've resolved to wait on buying physical copies until I can go to Japan and do it myself.

The only thing I know myself is that you need some kind of forwarding service like Tenso, whose sole business is giving you a Japanese forwarding address that other Japanese companies to send stuff to.
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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 08:42:48 am »
I've never bought eroge off amiami, but I have bought other stuff, so I might be able to help.

Basically the price of the actual product will be the same no matter where you live. It's the shipping that's the issue. Here's the page that explains how they do shipping. If you're worried about stuff breaking, it's best to pick something like EMS, which has insurance and tracking included. The only time I've seen the price suddenly change is if the product is heavier or bigger than expected, thus it costs more for them to ship it. It's rarely that big a price jump though, in my experience.

All the stuff I've bought from there has been packaged well, with newspaper and everything, and I've never had anything arrive damaged. Hope that helps!

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2013, 10:18:16 am »
@Ixrec, @Sheeta, thank you for reply! ;D

Basically, SAL, especially unregistered, would be a deal breaker for me: there's no guarantee that I'll get the game even after half a year of waiting. I'm not joking. Mail services here, in Russia, simply nightmarish. So, I never considered anything cheaper than EMS.

I suppose I'll give it a test run somewhere around December and buy Shikkoku no Sharnoth FVR. If there would be no problems, then I'll continue to buy games from them  :)

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2014, 02:37:14 pm »
Is amaterasu translations a fan translation who uploads an english patch online for people to download it after buying the japanese version of the game or does amaterasu put the english patch in the game when you buy it?

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2014, 07:59:23 am »
Neither. Amaterasu translated the VN and puts up an English patch. It is not officially associated with the official releases. It is a free English patch after all.


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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2014, 03:23:55 pm »
i search vndb.org when i am searching if a game has an English patch or not and a lot of the time i see amaterasu translations in the publisher  column, which sounds pretty official. for ex the muv luv game http://vndb.org/v93

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Re: Buying VNs
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2014, 11:30:47 am »
the publisher  column, which sounds pretty official.
Well, it's not. It just means that the "publisher" has published (or stated an intention to publish) a "release" of the VN in the language in question. There's nothing on VNDB indicating whether or not any particular release is official, but:

1. If it's a patch, it's practically guaranteed to be unofficial
2. If it's commercial, it's probably also official
3. A freeware release of an originally commercial game is probably unofficial, e.g. http://vndb.org/r3111 (note there are also commercial English releases of that game; those are indeed official).
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