Quite a few sellers will still proceed it outside rakuten. Also LCDC with a 20% coupon is quite close in price.
Buying a 50ml bottle of Sailor souboku ink today, ex VAT and with a 20% discount, works out to ¥1,900 (not including delivery, but of course I usually buy enough per order to qualify for free delivery).
Buying the same item from YouStyle on Rakuten Ichiba today would be ¥1,302 inclusive of Japan's domestic consumption tax and before any applicable discounts (not including delivery); I used to always buy when there was this promotion campaign or that which delivered a ≥10% discount. It's the delivery charges to Australia that really kills the bargain factor; even so, the marginal shipping cost (of adding a bottle of ink, at approximately 220g, to a parcel sent by EMS) is ¥400. So, buying from Rakuten would still be 10%-15% cheaper, after Japan Post EMS charges are taken into account, then buying from LCdC with 20% discount and free delivery; in both cases I would have to be buying other stuff already as well.
But I suppose (no sarcasm intended) that is, as you say, quite close, so thank you for pointing that out and I'll keep that in mind!
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