Buying Japanese snacks online from the US
May 30, 2013 7:00 AM Subscribe
Where can I buy Japanese snacks online that is not AsianFoodGrocer.com or Jlist/Jbox, with reasonable US shipping costs?
posted by IndigoRain to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I repeatedly tried to order from AsianFoodGrocer. First, the website lost my order. Then, they "forgot" to charge me shipping somehow, and it took them 4 days to discover this problem, and they cancelled my order. Now it's going to take 1-2 weeks for me to get a refund. I really am annoyed and don't want to go through the process of putting in my order a third time.
I then went to Jbox (the SFW version of Jlist, where I've ordered from successfully in the past) and picked out some snacks, but between items shipping from the US and from Japan, it's going to cost over $35 in shipping. I don't mind paying money for shipping, but $35 just seems excessive.
Other stores I've looked at online, like Hmart, don't have the variety. Amazon's sellers seem to offer ridiculous shipping prices, and I don't want to get a big "assortment pack" - I want to customize what's in it. I do not have a physical Japanese or Asian market within an hour of me.
What I'm looking for in a store:
Traditional brands and foods like Pocky (not strawberry or chocolate - the flavors you can only get in Japan), Meiji, Lotte, Collon, kompeito, milk candy, mochi, sakura tea, various flavors of furikake, something umeboshi-flavored.
But also traditional American brands with foreign-exclusive flavors, like green tea KitKats and Oreos, and Pepsi Special, and things like that.
Jbox has the perfect mix, but the shipping is just so high. If you have personal experience with a store, that would be perfect.
My neighbor already guessed that I was getting her a bento box for graduation (not a cheap $2 box, a really nice $40 one), and I'd really like to throw in a surprise for her, and I thought Japanese snacks would be a great idea. Please help!