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    Thinking of importing Gran Turismo 5 from Japan...

    Does anyone have any experience of importing games? I have looked on a site called Renchi, which seems to be quite reputable. Can anyone recommend another, or one that has GT5 at a good price?

    My main concern is import duty, bought a couple of bits from over seas before and been hit with import duty when it's arrived. Would like to avoid this if possible. I know it can be done if the seller marks the package as something like sample, or no commercial value. Would a site do this for me though...

    Any help apreciated.

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    You might be able to avoid some customs if its marked gift
    Think its to do with what he puts as the value of the item

    Banned

    You also have to be aware that you would need an account for the region you get the game from in order to buy any DLC that may appear, and of course a Japanese PSN card. We did it for Everybody's Golf 5, navigating the Japanese store is rather trial and error unless you can read Japanese.
    sorry if you already know this!

    You'll only be able to play with friends from that country. You would be able to play with your UK friends.

    Original Poster

    "You might be able to avoid some customs if its marked gift
    Think its to do with what he puts as the value of the item"

    Would a large webiste do that for me though?

    there is no point is there ?? its no out in japan untill 01/11/2010 and isnt that the same time for the UK as well ??

    i thought it was going to be release world wide ont he same day??:thinking:

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    guru_the;7889021

    You'll only be able to play with friends from that country. You would be … You'll only be able to play with friends from that country. You would be able to play with your UK friends.



    Are you sure thats the case? On prolouge you seem to be able to play with people world wide...

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    ViperKeith;7889037

    there is no point is there ?? its no out in japan untill 01/11/2010 and … there is no point is there ?? its no out in japan untill 01/11/2010 and isnt that the same time for the UK as well ??i thought it was going to be release world wide ont he same day??:thinking:



    Japanese release date is in March

    I've used play-asia.com a few times for region free games and didn't have to pay duty but that was a while back now. But the company itself is solid and very good for delivery times.

    martyn_3000;7889053

    Japanese release date is in March



    not according to renchi they have it 01/11/2010 thats were i got it from

    renchi.com/ren…htm

    and

    release date form play asia is still TBA

    play-asia.com/paO…tml

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    guru_the;7889021

    You'll only be able to play with friends from that country. You would be … You'll only be able to play with friends from that country. You would be able to play with your UK friends.



    It depends on whether or not they use world servers or not, Everybody's golf 5 always connects to the JPN servers but it's a niche title, GT5 may not be the same.
    If it was me, unless there is 6 months between EU and Japanese release i wouldn't bother, i'm hoping that they've delayed the Japanese release for a worldwide simultaneous release.:thumbsup:

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    natversion1;7889072

    I've used play-asia.com a few times for region free games and didn't have … I've used play-asia.com a few times for region free games and didn't have to pay duty but that was a while back now. But the company itself is solid and very good for delivery times.



    Thanks, will take a look

    ViperKeith;7889075

    not according to renchi they have it 01/11/2010 thats were i got it … not according to renchi they have it 01/11/2010 thats were i got it fromhttp://www.renchi.com/renchi/PS3_Games_US_Gran_Turismo_5.htm



    That's the American version. Japanese version here 09/03/10 renchi.com/ren…htm

    Play Asia only seem to have the American version. Japnese release date is still set on 9th of March. Seems unlikely it will be delayed this close to release.

    An 8 months gap seems madness! But thats why I'm tempted to import, Novembers a long way off.

    Banned

    here's the Japanese delay story.

    ]http//ww…an/

    martyn_3000;7889098

    Thanks, will take a lookThat's the American version. Japanese version … Thanks, will take a lookThat's the American version. Japanese version here 09/03/10 http://www.renchi.com/renchi/PS3_Games_JP_Gran_Turismo_5_Limited_Edition_JP.htmPlay Asia only seem to have the American version. Japnese release date is still set on 9th of March. Seems unlikely it will be delayed this close to release.



    dont get your hopes up mate sony delayed japans realease date as they want it realease world wide on the same day

    arstechnica.com/gam…ars

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    sennasnit;7889096

    It depends on whether or not they use world servers or not, Everybody's … It depends on whether or not they use world servers or not, Everybody's golf 5 always connects to the JPN servers but it's a niche title, GT5 may not be the same.If it was me, unless there is 6 months between EU and Japanese release i wouldn't bother, i'm hoping that they've delayed the Japanese release for a worldwide simultaneous release.:thumbsup:



    sennasnit;7889142

    here's the Japanese delay … here's the Japanese delay story.]http://www.vg247.com/2010/01/13/gran-turismo-5-delayed-in-japan/



    ViperKeith;7889171

    dont get your hopes up mate sony delayed japans realease date as they … dont get your hopes up mate sony delayed japans realease date as they want it realease world wide on the same day http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/01/sony-continues-to-tease-gamers-with-gran-turismo-5-delays.ars



    Darn! :x Looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer until they confirm a release date. Was really hoping to get it in March and be the envy of all my mates until the UK release in November.

    Thanks for all the help guys, rep on way.

    I was just about to say.....

    Sony confirmed that it will be a worldwide release so theres no point...

    martyn_3000;7889249

    Darn! :x Looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer until they confirm a … Darn! :x Looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer until they confirm a release date. Was really hoping to get it in March and be the envy of all my mates until the UK release in November.Thanks for all the help guys, rep on way.



    i still cant belive they have delayed it again it better be good with such a long delay

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    ViperKeith;7889310

    i still cant belive they have delayed it again it better be good with … i still cant belive they have delayed it again it better be good with such a long delay



    At the rate it's going it will end up been a PS4 title!
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