Show and Sell Japan, formerly Tell and Sell Japan

Sending Money and Items

Postal Options

Check all the prices, they aren’t up to date.

Book Rate (yuu me-ru, ゆうメール)

>>See also: TaSJ hints for Book Rate system

Book Rate + Cash On Delivery (yuu me-ru chakubarai, ゆうメール着払)

If you are in a small PO they may have to look this one up. You don’t need to fill in a pink yu-pack form: the address is just written on the box. (Presumably you don’t get any of the frills though, like tracking and timed delivery.)

>>See also: TaSJ hints for Book Rate system

Cash on Delivery (COD) (chakubarai, 着払)

  • Use for: when you want the buyer to pay the postage, same kinds of items as Yu-Pack
  • Cost: same as Yu-Pack, plus 20 yen (charged to buyer)
  • Method: Seller fills out a pink COD form. The buyer’s phone number is needed. Seller can specify a time of delivery (morning, afternoon, late afternoon, evening). Buyer pays the Yu-Pack rate, plus 20 yen for this service.
  • More information: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/fee/how_to_pay/cyaku/index.html (Japanese)

See “Book Rate + Cash On Delivery” for information about sending books COD.

Courier (takkyubin, 宅急便)

  • Use for: same as Yu-Pack
  • Cost: depends on the company and the size, weight of the item

There are various companies offering delivery services: Kuroneko Yamato, Sagawa Express, Nippon Express. They usually offer Cash on Delivery services too.

Expack 500 (ekusu pakku gohyaku, エクスパック500)

>>See also: TaSJ hints for Expack 500 system

Payment on Delivery (POD) (daikin hikikae, 代金引換)

  • Use for: when you want the post office to collect both the money for the item and the postage from the buyer upon receipt, should be a fairly expensive item or the post office people will get upset, same kinds of items as Yu-Pack
  • Cost: box of approx 50x70x20cm = around 1500 yen (charged to buyer)
  • More information: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/daibiki/index.html (Japanese)

>>See also: TaSJ hints for Payment on Delivery system

Regular Postal Rate for Non-Standard Items (teikeigai yuubinbutsu, 定形外郵便物)

  • Use for: light items up to 500g
  • Cost: ?

Regular domestic rate for non-standard items is probably cheaper than Yu-pack if you are sending a fairly light item up to about 500g.

Yu-Pack (yuu pakku, ゆうパック)

>>See also: TaSJ hints for Yu-Pack system

Sending Money

Bank or Postal Transfer (furikomi, 振込)

  • Cost: service charges (from 100 yen to about 500 yen)
  • Advantage: Safe, easy, relatively cheap if done through post office, very cheap if done online through the post office
  • Disadvantage: Bank service charges can be expensive. Buyer has to make a trip to a bank or post office.
  • Method: Buyer transfers the money to an account given by the seller. Transfers to postal accounts incur lower service charges.

NOTE: Yuucho Direct (ゆうちょダイレクト) is an online banking service offered through the post office. You can use this service to transfer money from one postal account (in Japan) to another (also in Japan) online.

Book Certificates (toshoken, 図書券)

  • Cost: free
  • Advantage: Free. Can usually use your credit card.
  • Disadvantage: Not everyone wants book certificates.
  • Method: Buyer purchases book certificates (either in the form of actual certificates or a prepaid card) at a bookstore and sends them to the seller.

Gift Certificates (shouhinken, 商品券)

  • Cost: usually free
  • Advantage: Free. Can be sent from home, so buyer can send money immediately. Can use your credit card.
  • Disadvantage: Not everyone wants gift certificates.
  • Method: Buyer purchases online gift certificates for a company of the seller’s choice (e.g. Amazon.co.jp). Since sending money by furikomi or in the post ends up costing the buyer more money, this can be a good option for buyers to put the purchase on their credit card through a trusted online company. Through Amazon, you can buy gift certificates in amounts from 500 yen to 500,000 yen.

Money Orders (yuubin kawase, 郵便為替)

  • Cost: from around 10 yen to around 100 yen
  • Advantage: Cheap.
  • Disadvantage: Buyer has to make a trip to the post office. Seller also has to make a (second) trip to the post office to cash it.
  • Method: Buyer purchases postal orders at the post office. They come in fixed amounts (500yen, 1000yen) known as “teigaku kogawase” or in an amount that you specify, “kawase”. The fee for the set amount postal orders is only about 10 yen, the fee for the second type is about 100 yen. It may work out slightly cheaper to send 1 fixed amount postal order, and the rest of the sum in stamps when you are paying someone for an item. The seller fills in his or her name and address in the space on the front and stamps it with an inkan (or possibly signature) to cash it at the post office.

Paypal

  • Cost: service charge
  • Advantage: Can be sent from home, so buyer can send money immediately. Can use your credit card.
  • Disadvantage: Not everyone has a paypal account.
  • Method: See: http://www.paypal.com

Registered Cash Envelope (genkin kakitome, 現金書留)

  • Cost: 20 yen for envelope, 500 yen to send
  • Advantage: Safe way to send money when the seller doesn’t have a postal account.
  • Disadvantage: Too expensive for low priced items. Buyer has to make a trip to the post office.
  • Method: Buyer puts the money in a special envelope provided by the post office (genkin fuutou, 20 yen), seals it up, and signs the flap in three places. Seller will sign to receive the envelope, so buyer will have proof that the money was received.

Stamps (kitte, 切手)

  • Cost: postage
  • Advantage: Good when sending small amounts.
  • Disadvantage: Some sellers have no use for stamps. Buyer has to make a trip to the post office.
  • Method: Buyer sends the agreed amount in stamps.

IMPORTANT!!

NOTE about getting information on postal options: Call the Postal Services Information in English hotline (0570-046111). Open 8am to 10pm weekdays, 9am to 7pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. You will be charged 8.5 yen for every 180 seconds of the call. If you need assistance in English while at the post office, just have the postal clerk call this number while you’re there and you won’t have to pay the call fee.

NOTE regarding sending things by COD: Sellers should check the cost of sending the item by COD (chakubarai) before sending it that way. For small items, this could quadruple the price.

NOTE regarding sending cash in the mail: The proper way of sending cash in the mail in Japan is through registered mail, no matter how little the amount. It is illegal to send cash/coins in the mail any other way. Members of Tell and Sell Japan have reported actually being FINED by the post office for sending cash through the regular mail. Also, if the cash goes missing, you have no way of proving that you sent it. We recommend either using registered mail or getting a post office account and sending money to the seller’s post office account. Both are easy to do and you will have proof of payment.

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