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Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:14 pm
by shaq_mobile
I've been seeing a lot of Rakuten lately. I did a quick Google search and they look like they're expanding into the international market, but were previously Japanese. They also look like they have a history of security and fraud issues. Does anyone use them for hardware? They have some screaming deals.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:51 pm
by Usacomp2k3
I believe they bought buy.com. I used to buy a lot there.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:03 pm
by NovusBogus
Yup, they're an established Japanese e-commerce company that bought its way into the global market via buy.com a while back. I've never used them, but since they're not (yet) on my blacklist I probably will at some point.

Can't comment on security issues, but I can say that an awful lot of PC hardware companies fit that bill starting with Newegg.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:59 pm
by shaq_mobile
Sounds good. Yeah looks like Newegg had had it's share of problems. Sigh

I figured I'd check here to see what you guys think, since they've been popping up in TR deals.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:16 pm
by Waco
I got my Micron 1100 2 TB SSD from them. Zero complaints about the transaction. I'd trust them about as much as any other online vendor that isn't Amazon.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:31 pm
by meerkt
Today they're also the owner of Kobo.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:38 pm
by SirReptitious
Waco wrote:
I got my Micron 1100 2 TB SSD from them. Zero complaints about the transaction. I'd trust them about as much as any other online vendor that isn't Amazon.


I bought my first Micron 1100 2TB from them too, via Platinum Micro. It was on a 15% off sale for like $248. Then last October Newegg had a 15% off everything sale, and I picked up a second one for $212.50 via Deus PC!
I looked at Rakuten today when I saw this post and saw that they are having a 15% off sale today(and maybe tomorrow too), so the Micron 1100 2TB is available from Platinum Micro for $237. Also, the supply of Micron 1100s is finally drying up, since Platinum Micro lists only 5 left, and the other seller has like 10. I would have bought a third one today, but I just can't afford it. ;-( Just in case you didn't know, this is an OEM model that for reasons unknown to me had a large number of drives dumped into the retail channel. It is the OEM version of the Crucial MX300 and is no longer being made. So once they are all sold, that's it. It's not quite as tragic now that NAND prices have been falling the last few months, making other brands drives more affordable than they used to be. But I am wary of the "lesser" brands like Adata, Team Group, Silicon Power, etc. I like to stick to Samsung and Micron/Crucial. Oh, and hopefully you also knew before buying that these Micron 1100 2TB drives don't have a Micron warranty, which for all practical purposes means they have no warranty at all. While I would of course like to have a warranty, I have enough faith in these drives to buy them w/o one.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:35 am
by Waco
Adata has been extremely good for me over the past 4-5 years for consumer SSDs.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:43 am
by Neutronbeam
They've got killer SSD deals and a loyalty program--so far they've been fine. Got an ADATA SU800 1TB there and it was good...and got loyalty points for it. Then this weekend got the 2TB version for my son at $199...before Rakuten kicked in about $15 of loyalty points, dropping it down to $185. Not a fast shipper, but at those prices and with points that translate into credit, they are a-okay by me.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:43 pm
by Chrispy_
They bought out a couple of online retailers that I can think of in the UK and France, both of them became unusable within a month of the buyout and the UK one ceased trading.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:47 pm
by just brew it!
Chrispy_ wrote:
They bought out a couple of online retailers that I can think of in the UK and France, both of them became unusable within a month of the buyout and the UK one ceased trading.

Sounds like they bought 'em just so they could shut 'em down and eliminate a source of competition.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:52 am
by shaq_mobile
Good stuff! I bought the adata nvme drive in the deal listed here from them. Looks like they have some screaming deals. I'll getting this machine piece by piece, so I'm not worried about shipping speed, just deals. :)

Glad to hear so many positive experiences though. I'll have to keep an eye on their site. Amazon could use some competition.

Re: Rakuten

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:01 am
by Chrispy_
just brew it! wrote:
Chrispy_ wrote:
They bought out a couple of online retailers that I can think of in the UK and France, both of them became unusable within a month of the buyout and the UK one ceased trading.

Sounds like they bought 'em just so they could shut 'em down and eliminate a source of competition.


No, Rakuten no longer operates in the UK, period.

They bought em, realised they can't operate in this country due to legalities, and closed shop for good.