Returns is certainly an element of this. I would rather pay a premium to buy from a US purveyor and have the security of easy returns. If it's something I'm particularly jonesing for I'll order from the UK since, in the worst of cases, I can return (albeit paying a chunk of change to ship back). Few if any Japanese boutiques take returns, and the process of payment generally requires a wire transfer, so it's not usually the most attractive option.
3/10/14 at 10:29am