Part 03a – Purchasing: Shopping
To look for a book, the best way to do it is via search, either by mangaka or book title, hence the need for the tutorial in part 3a. You can browse through the website for books too and it’s almost similar to Amazon.co.jp, just that BL isn’t very clearly listed on BK1.
Searching for a title is very simple, you just need to look for these 2 kanji, 検索, which means search. It’s right at the bottom of the header (Below the yellow menu at the top of the page). So, type or copy and paste what you want on the search bar and change the category on the left. There’s also an advance search function beside the search bar (本の詳細検索). Search hint (検索のヒント), or search help is just a guide on searching for goods in BK1.
Advance Search (本の詳細検索)
キーワード – Keyword
ジャンル – Genre
タイトル – Title
著者名 – Creator (mangaka, author, illustrator and etc)
出版社 – Publisher (not label)
ISBN – ISBN
検索対象 – Status (for stock, status in order from top to bottom) Shipped within 24 hours, Purchasable, Everything)
並べ替え条件 – Order of books (for search, in order from top to bottom) Shipping duration, date of publication, reverse of date of publication, selling, by title, reverse of title, by publisher, reverse of publisher)
表示件数 – Number to display
出版日「yyyymm」- Date of publication, format is year, month, date. No hyphen (-) or slash, Example: 20120115
対象読者 – Demographics
書評の有無 [すべて あり なし] – Review [All, Yes, No]
Adding to Cart or Wishlist
If the search is successful, the result page should look something like this. Clicking on the title or the cover will bring you to the information page. But you can add to cart on the search result page as well, just click on the red icon on the side that says 買物カゴ. The orange icon below says あとで買う literary means buy later, so click on that to add to wishlist.
Clicking on the cover or title from your search result will bring you to the item’s information page. Click on the red icon with 買い物カゴ to put item to cart and the orange icon that says あとで買う to put to wishlist.
I’ve already mentioned this in part 2 of the tutorial but here’s a recap of the Wishlist on BK1.
To get to your wishlist, either login to your account, go to the side bar and click on あとで買う or simply click on the orange icon that says あとで買う at the top of the page. You will still need to login to see your wishlist.
Cart and Checkout
In your shopping cart, remember to check the amount per item, make sure you don’t have duplicates unless you’re intending to do so. It’s under the 数量 (amount) column. 小計 is the total of one item, while 税込合計 is the grand total of your purchase including tax. They also listed the grand total without tax as 本体価格合計.
Once you’ve logged in, I think you’re supposed to fill in your information but since I’ve purchased from BK1 before, they’ve saved my information on cookies on my hard drive. If anybody’s having problems with this, please send me some screenshots of the page and I’ll help you out. If I’m not mistaken, it should be in English?
The second half of the page’s my personal favourite, using BK1 points and discount coupon. If you’re registered with BK1, they will send you coupon codes, along with their product updates, so please don’t delete anything you get from BK1 with a subject line “number”円. That’s where you’re supposed to copy the coupon code from. Once you’re done, you’ve click on the red icon with 次に進む.
EMS: Really fast shipping method but most expensive. It should include custom tax so please check with your local post office. Allows heavy weight for shipping too, 30kg.
Price list – http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-02
Fedex: Only applicable to people saying in the US. It’s a cheaper option than EMS but it’s just as fast. Weight limit’s at 15kg.
Price list – http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-07
OSC: Stands for Overseas Courier Service, I’ve never ever used this shipping option before so… About OCS. Allows heavy weight for shipping too, 30kg.
Price list – http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-01
Air Mail (航空便): Weight limit’s at 5kg. Takes about 2 to 3 weeks for parcel to arrive.
Price list – http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-03
SAL: SAL is Economy Air. LOL, don’t ask me what’s the difference with Air Mail but my SAL parcel and Air Mail parcel reached me around the same time, maybe a couple of days later than Air Mail. SAL is cheaper than Air Mail after 2kg. Weight limit’s at 5kg. For Canada and Ireland, once it reaches 2kg, BK1 will split your purchase. If you’re from Korea, Taiwan or Vietnam, you can’t use SAL. More information: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/dispatch/sal_en.html
Price list – http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-04
SEA (船便): Weight limit’s at 5kg. Slowest and most unreliable shipping method. Takes about 4 to 5 weeks for the parcel to arrive.
Price list – http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-05
At the bottom of the page, are options for shipping method, meaning how they’re going to send your parcel. It’s either 個別配送 for splitting your order and shipping separate parcels, or 一括配送 to have everything shipped in the same parcel.
Now you’re done! BK1 will take some time to process your order but you can check your order’s status if you login to your account and click on ご注文履歴 on the sidebar. More information, read part 2 of the tutorial. Bk1 will send you an email to confirm your order and another one once they’ve shipped your orders (this email will include shipping price (送料手数料)) If there’s any delay in processing an item, BK1 will send you an email too.
If there’s any question regarding BK1 at all, please feel free to ask me by commenting down below at any of the tutorial posts, shoot me a message at twitter or tumblr, or you can even email me at kumagoro87☆gmail●com. Thanks for reading!