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  • It appears that Amazon Japan is putting a restriction on pre-ordering 4KUHD, BD, DVD releases for the U.S. (maybe other areas outside of Japan as well).

    Some anime pre-order examples from May to October:
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B0832PWKGZ
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B086XQSBY1
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B085TTWFYL
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B084JX4YFG
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B086R5T43C
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B0888TT9W2


    EDIT: search function is not showing pre-order results as well
    Last edited by WTK; 05-16-2020, 10:12 PM.

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    • At the very least, the Grand Blue BD Box is for sure disqualified because of the still-ongoing restriction by Avex regarding the export of their products outside Japan.

      As for the others, I kind of suspect Amazon JP is having an internal issue with how they're flagging or coding their products in various ways for at least the past month if not longer.

      I've been in that time unable to actually get results for a few random things via the search bar that I knew were real, and had to come at them via direct links posted here. And a couple volumes of manga that I wanted to preorder were inexplicably marked as ineligible for export until street date arrived and they were in stock at which point they could be ordered with no problem.

      Also, for what it's worth, I've had a preorder in for Weathering With You since the day it was solicited, and have received no status change emails about it.

      I suppose the obvious and safe assumption is that oversight is slipping a bit due to staffing issues resulting from coronavirus restrictions, and the pages are just incorrect. It doesn't, alternately, for example, seem like a planned move to prioritize customers in Japan by excluding international customers from preordering if even ordering at all, because of how sparse and random it is.
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      • My bad on including Grand Blue BD-Box. I was just picking random BD-Boxes from each month.

        Weathering With You is freed up once again. So it does like pre-order could be open ~1 week before the release date.

        I also noticed the certain affiliated links to show pre-order results.

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        • It seems Amazon Japan changed the way they calculate shipping for items shipped to the US. They now list a price per Kilogram, and note that it can vary based on volume, whichever cost more. Some books now cost much more to ship as a result.

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          • Originally posted by inter4ever View Post
            It seems Amazon Japan changed the way they calculate shipping for items shipped to the US. They now list a price per Kilogram, and note that it can vary based on volume, whichever cost more. Some books now cost much more to ship as a result.
            Well, books are heavy. I learned that real quick. That's why I try to avoid buying anything heavy, if possible.

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            • It looks like pre-orders are available again (including exclusives). Avex titles are still excluded.

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