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Post #1 Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:04 pm 
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Yes that Amazon.

Their website has one of their Go Day events, and I figured it had to do with Valentine's Day, but it is labeled an Amazon commemoration fair!

The event is basically like they often run - discounts on some Go sets. However, I then went to Amazon.com and searched for "kurokigoishi" and sure enough there are products for sale from that vendor. Just a few right now, but maybe more are coming? What is strange is the items seem more expensive on Amazon.

The same bowls in two different places, at very different prices:

https://www.amazon.com/Resin-woody-desi ... rokigoishi

http://shop.kurokigoishi.co.jp/en/item/1124

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Post #2 Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:48 pm 
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Urea Resin just doesn't sound like an attractive material to me.

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Post #3 Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:57 am 
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mhlepore wrote:
What is strange is the items seem more expensive on Amazon.


The prices on various Marketplaces are often insanely high. It is common to find books for about 100 $ while they are still available for 20 $ at the editor's website.

I wonder if the prices are set by the sellers or by a robot.

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Post #4 Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:08 am 
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Shipping from Japan can be quite expensive. It looks to me like the cost of the item with 'free shipping' (Prime) simply covers standard shipping charges. So not really a significantly different cost than ordering directly from Kurokigoishi.

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Post #5 Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:21 am 
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fireproof wrote:
Shipping from Japan can be quite expensive. It looks to me like the cost of the item with 'free shipping' (Prime) simply covers standard shipping charges. So not really a significantly different cost than ordering directly from Kurokigoishi.


Perhaps, but the price hike doesn't really seem uniform across the products. Using today's exchange rates:

Resin Bowls:
- Kurokigoishi: 2,400 yen
- Amazon: $79.90 = 8,830 yen

No hinge folding board:
- Kurokigoishi: 7,900 yen
- Amazon: $99.90 = 11,040 yen


Premium Blossom size 30 Stones:
- Kurokigoishi: 39,000 yen
- Amazon: $399.90 = 44,195 yen


Maybe it is a wrinkle to be ironed out soon.

I just hope Mr. Kuroki expands his offering on Amazon to higher end stuff.

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