Originally Posted by braidkid
Well, to convert the yen to US dollar, multiply by .01
For example, the Samurai S5000VX I recently bought are 24,740 yen or approx $247. I bought these from BIG for $285. You'll pay at least this much for a buying service so I wouldn't consider the markup too extreme. Plus, you can always send them back to BIG if you get the wrong size.
24 740 Japanese yen = 207.916632 U.S. dollars
Estimate about a charge of 10 bucks per item, for shipping / -30 bucks (probably more) for wholesale, and I'd say their markup is decently higher than the 247 to 285 you propose. You'd pay for convenience and the ability to return, but it seems to come at a hefty premium.