I wasn’t planning to write anything. But I realized I too also heavily rely on people’s feedback before I purchase online. And just in case you like to order from yesasia.com (online store based in Hong Kong), here’s my very first experience with the online store.
I do have normal manga volumes, you know published by Viz Media and Del Rey (and a couple by Tokyo Pop which sadly closed down). But I have yet to own an authentic Japanese tankoubons. I was browsing sites like honto, amazon.jp and cdjapan but the expensive shipping fee makes me weeps like there’s no tomorrow. It is more expensive than the actual prices, which made me reluctant to even try.
But I wanted Haikyuu! tanks. Like so bad. I learned that there’s no chance for it to get licensed (sports manga doesn’t have high demand in the US) which made me incredibly sad because it’s my favorite series to date (side by side with Tokyo Ghoul). So when I found out yesasia’s free shipping for orders $39 above, I decided to try. I asked my sister (who loves KuroBasu) to buy stuff too so we can meet the target price for free shipping (luckily for her two volumes were on sale). They cost around $7 a piece (much pricey than other stores but for bulk order, it’s so much cheaper). The dispatched took one week (since they need to get it from the warehouse) but the shipping was fast. It only took 5 days (weekends inclusive). I even thought I need to claim my package at the post office but it turned out they have courier so they just delivered to my house. No extra fees! Yay!
The packaging was nice. The books were covered with bubble wrap so no dents/creases on my tanks. They are quite smaller but they have pretty jackets (did I just compliment the book jacket, the same thing that covered hardback books? Yes I did!). Of course, it’s hard to read since it’s in Japanese but since I’m so eager to learn the language, this will motivate me even more! 頑張ります!
Knowing that there’s a store like this open a lot of doors for me! It also offers Asian entertainment merchandise; so if you’re also into kpop, jpop, anime DVDs they have also it there. Though the selection is limited (in fact some volumes I want is not there), this is still helpful! I’ll definitely order from them again! (will complete the available volumes of Haikyuu!)
PS: A tankoubon (単行本?) most often used in reference to individual volumes of a single manga, as opposed to magazines. (wiki)