My favourite kimono eBay seller taken over, and not in a good way…

My favourite kimono seller RyuJapan-99 has been taken over and his eBay sales have changed dramatically.

1. Their custom eBay ordering system fails quite frequently and you end up paying more shipping, or having your order missed completely.
2. Photos are really getting misleading and not depicting the item well, especially the condition. This is very important in vintage buying.
3. Customs value declared is higher than paid – very odd.
4. IG member are reporting terrible troubles with shipping, being sent the wrong item, overpaying etc

I have spent £100’s with these guys but now, I only really bid low on ending auctions to get something for a fiver (inc shipping). This is how it will stay.

I am investigating buying using Noppin for some things and the ever faithful Rakuten. I am at the stage in my collection where I am only interested in bits, obiage, obijime, han-eri (which mostly I make out of normal fabric) and the occasional obi.

This is very fortunate that I have a wonderful collection of kimono already and don’t feel the need for more.

When your favourite sources of kimono change

On eBay two sellers where always on my watch list, RyuJapan-99 and Yamatoku-classic. Yamatoku now only sells on his website, which is fine but his eBay sales were the best and Ryu, well he has merged with a company called shinei and for the overseas buyer the experience of transaction and quality of items is not how they used to be.

So, even though I am stopping my kimono buying my sources of decent price kimono are dwindling. Is this because the markets are so tight? The US home land security putting restrictions on parcels and taking away a huge volume of buyers from kimono sellers?

Well, fortunately Rakuten is still here with my favourite kimono sellers and their wonderful sets but I do like my eBayin’