I fell in love with Dress Down after hearing it sampled by Yung Bae. Amazon Japan didn’t have any copies (new or used) until recently. A merchant wanted $125 dollars for a used copy in “acceptable” condition. I purchased it despite the list of problems with the CD artwork and disc itself. Fortunately, the seller exaggerated it’s condition. The artwork is in good condition and the disc is ever so slightly worn.
The seller shipped it free to my Tenso address then Tenso shipped it stateside by EMS. Usually, the mailman has me sign for EMS packages but not this time. I also created an account at my.usps.com and was able to track my package with the EMS tracking number.
I didn’t realized my CD was a Korean import until it arrived. Not that it matters as long as it’s not bootleg. The obi strip says “PONYCANYON KOREA.” The tracks are exactly the same. Inside there’s a sticker of the front cover art. iTunes Japan also has Kiki’s OST except it’s missing the last two tracks.
I wanted this for Minako Honda’s Lullaby~Yasashiku Dakasete. Now I have the EP version. It’s a great soundtrack with character songs as well. The CD was in Japanese but they included the artists (or characters) in English. I bought this used from Amazon US. It was listed “Used – Very Good” but the CD was scratched and worn. The artwork was worn and creased as well. I used Photoshop to touch it up so you can’t tell (see picture). Really, all I care about is the CD playing and the artwork in fair condition.
I had five music CDs imported from Japan using Tenso shipping. I ordered them through Amazon Japan and had them shipped to Tenso. Once all of them arrived at Tenso, I “consolidated” my shipment into one package. Tenso literally opens up all your packages and puts the contents into one package which saves you money. My shipping cost was 3,570 yen ($45). Shipping them separately by Japanese Express Mail would have cost 8,450 yen ($106). Tenso shipped my package on May 23 and it arrived at my door 2 days later.
Gungrave O.S.T “righthead”
I also ordered the Gungrave OST from Amazon U.S. used. Gungrave’s OP has striking visuals and a haunting melody. The CD’s artwork is eye-catching. Notice the stains on the jewel case. It washed off but this was sold on Amazon as “Used – Very Good.”
Yes, you can buy them and use them for purchases on the Japan iTunes Store. I’ve been buying mine from JBOX since last year. Someone on the AN forum suggested JBOX after I told them I was dying to get a song on iTunes but was presented with “This Apple ID is only valid for purchases in the US iTunes Store” notice. The iTunes page on JBOX will show you how to set up your account to redeem an iTunes card.
I recommend purchasing the ￥3,000 yen card since it costs about 8 dollars less than buying two ￥1,500 yen cards. JBOX also gives you the option of having your card’s redemption code e-mailed to you–a real time saver. These cards aren’t cheap so I recommend searching for your music through U.S. iTunes or Amazon first. I’ve found some great deals on Amazon. I buy used CDs from Amazon all the time.