May 4 2006, 09:59 AM
I'm looking to buy an Akita and have found it in a couple places; Conics, PriceJapan, and ChaseAndCompany. Can people respond with what kind of experience they've had with these vendors?
May 4 2006, 10:07 AM
I got mine from PriceJapan... They were perfect... quick email responces and shipment... I can vouche for PriceJapan...
May 4 2006, 11:05 AM
I just received my Akita from pricejapan two days ago. I did a lot of pricing, looking around, checking e-bay and settled on pricejapan. They have the lowest price for brand new product, and ship very, very fast. I had my order in five days, two of which were saturday and sunday.
You get the unopened retail box, proof of purchase (for warranty purposes), the driver CD (for usb connection to windows XP computer), some peace of mind of knowing the product is covered against defects for the next year, even though you have to pay for all shipping costs to and from pricejapan (I believe they will serve as your agent in the warranty process dealing with Sharp Japan). You also get a USB (not host) cable and EA-72 adapter that is very slick and compact and works fine in the U.S. The manuals are useless unless you know Japanese. I like the idea of being able to have and keep EVERYTHING that came in the box, including the box, to preserve resale value.
E-bay is too shady unless you either know the seller from these forums or they are able to satisfactorily answer all of your questions.
That being said, if you don't want to pay shipping costs for possible warranty services, go with one of the other vendors that offer that support. Some of the other vendors have staff tech people that can fix some problems for free without shipping it off to Japan.
For me, I try to take extremely good care of my electronics and have very rarely needed warranty support for something that I didn't screw up on my own. I don't think Sharp Japan is going to be very willing to go the extra mile for foreigners. In the end, you pays your money, you takes your chances.
I bought from conics. They are a little more expensive than pricejapan, but they also throw in extras like the USB host cable and extra power adaptors. Took about a week to arrive.
My only complaint would be that they are a bit slow in correspondance. They sent the tracking number via email shortly after the device arrived at my house!
EDIT: I should also add that they do the English conversion for you. That was a big reason I went with them over Pricejapan. Not so much for the English conversion, but for the fact that it meant that they would test the device, and I potentially wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of returning a DOA device
May 4 2006, 01:14 PM
PriceJapan worked great for me, and they are very fast. They are mostly just a "sell it to you and you figure out the rest" type of vendor, in comparison with the more "full service" vendors. Which you prefer is up to you.
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