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Reel from Japan?

Post By: Digginjiggin      Posted: 3/29/2024 9:14:25 PM     Points: 503    
Anyone here bought a made-in-Japan reel from a Japanese seller? The sites all say an import tax has to be paid. How is this done? I bought a new Japanese Legalis and it is much better than my Vietnamese Legalis, which is still a great reel. I bought it on EBay from a guy that bought it from a Japanese fishing company, he didnít like the thin wire bail. I now want to get a 3000 size for my long rod. Any guidance here? Jim?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 30, 6:02:41 AM     Points: 11535
Back in the 70s I would buy cameras from Japan.They all came with a "pitch" like product over the makers name . . .you would have to clean the pitch off with rubbing alcohol . . . .no trade name . . .no taxs.
I would think its the tax collectors job to collect taxs from you.How/when/where are all a mystery to me.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Mar. 30, 7:26:40 AM     Points: 73175
Jerry is this what you're looking for? Found it on EBay [log in for link]
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Mar. 30, 8:07:04 AM     Points: 503
Same thing, Jim, except I want the shallow spool 3000cdx. I have one marked on EBay but just didnít know how or how much for the import taxes: Russ is texting you my phone#. Thanks
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Mar. 30, 8:46:12 PM     Points: 11122
Are you trying to buy this through eBay ? Or a different website? Iíve ordered plenty of stuff from over seas from eBay and never had to worry about taxes other than what eBay is charging from the start of the purchase. There may have been changes recently though.

I was wondering about these reels. Iíve pretty much changed all my spinning reels to diawa. Exceller and fuego are my favorites. Or met my price point. I do have one Legalis that I have loved since I bought it. Just down right great reels.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Mar. 31, 4:21:05 PM     Points: 503
Thanks for your insight. My overseas Amazon experience was a disaster, paid 60 bucks for supposed 656 yards of braid, 10#. They sent 324 yards of 50# braid. The main Japanese site for Daiwa on EBay is Amazon Japan, their footnotes say they collect an estimate of the import taxes upfront. The other sites are very vague, just want to know upfront of the total costs.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Mar. 31, 5:29:37 PM     Points: 503
I have been a Daiwa fanatic for 30 years, more innovations by far than Shimano at way less $. My Lexaís are 10 years old, still work great, but the Zaion material has shaved several ounces off and even smoother. Most of them now are Exceler, Legalis and Procyon MQ. Need 1 more to complete the set!
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: Apr. 1, 6:43:05 AM     Points: 850
Unless things has changed I've bought many reels and poles from Plat Fishing, a Japanese JDM online shop and never paid import taxes.
 Reply by: spawnbags      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:01:55 AM     Points: 41
I buy several reels that have bait runners on them from China and they're all been pretty good reels so far and I don't pay anything extra to get them all off Amazon they can run from $33 all the way to 55 depending on the size. I don't like buying anything from China but it's hard to find American made stuff for a good price!
 Reply by: spawnbags      Posted: Apr. 1, 8:05:10 AM     Points: 41
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Apr. 28, 9:38:44 PM     Points: 11122
Jerry- Did you ever get your reel you were after? If so what did you end up with? Any extra taxes or import charges? Iím looking at buying new reel now. Thinking about one getting one of these Japanese daiwas. They are running about the same price as others Iím looking at.

This is the one Iím looking at

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 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Apr. 30, 7:38:40 PM     Points: 503
No, never pulled the trigger. I keep watching them, but new batteries in the camper trumped the reels. The one you linked is a 2018. The ones Iím wanting are the 2023 models with Zaion 5 body, screw in handle, lighter. The 3000 I have marked is 90 with free FedEx shipping.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: May. 1, 8:06:56 AM     Points: 11122
Well that makes sense. I was wondering what the 18 and the 23 numbers meant.

I am after a 4000 that has a higher gear ratio.The way we fish anymore, the larger reels help to balance the baits we throw. Extra pick up does help at times.

I will window shop for a bit.


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