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Table of Contents:

1) Introduction / Order Status
2) Machines For Sale (Available Now)
3) Machines For Sale (Incoming Containers)
4) Machines For Sale (Future Containers)
5) Kits & Parts For Sale
6) Special Requests
7) Information, Rules, & Policies

Introduction:

Hey everyone, I'm Cereth a.k.a. Kenchan a.k.a. David, founder and owner of Game Saru, an importer and distributor of Japanese arcade machines and related goods. I have a long time been an enthusiast in the hobby, and my goal with the company is to provide a more in-touch import service for these goods to my fellows in the community, and to provide rental services for Japanese arcade machines to various events. This thread serves to fulfill the former of the two.

Over the last four years, I've built up everything I feel necessary to provide a better overall service in importing these goods to North America. I want to make sure all games purchased meet the requirements of a buyer. I generally try to get photos of the cabinets to show the cosmetic and monitor condition, as well as information about specifics where necessary, and will work one-on-one with you to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

If you would like to ask for anything that is not listed, please refer to "Special Requests". For any information on payment policies, rules, about the process, please refer to "Information, Rules, & Policies".

Order Status:

Volume WAS dropping, but there is currently a port closure in Shanghai, causing there to be a good number of extra containers. I'm shipping around 4 in July to take advantage of it. Otherwise, I still have between 200-400 cabinets on order, and am slowing down due to excessive shipping costs. The last container cost $21,000. I'm open to requests, but have strong preference to clear out some of this backlog of cabs. There will be NO benches or stools, though, they just aren't available for purchase to me in any quantity I'd need. I'm also halting on B1/B2 poster frames for now. I will not hold cabs for people unless there are extenuating circumstances that lead to it being beneficial; all cabs are sold first-come first-served.

About cab costs: sea freight is EXTREMELY backed up. Container costs keep jumping up $2,000 or so a month. July is a much-needed break, but it is expected to go back up again in August. I've been as forthcoming as I possibly can be in the past about offering good prices, especially for people buying more than one cab or returning for follow-up transactions, but it is going to be very hard to do any of that anymore. The current exchange rate is REALLY helping, but it's not enough to level the curve, especially with normally cheaper cabs. Also, distributors are just starting to sell stuff at higher yen prices, kind of negating those gains. Please keep this in mind when purchasing, rising container costs means that there isn't really a such thing as a bottom budget cab anymore.

Up until now I've been able to provide accurate general, if not somewhat broad arrival estimates and keep them consistently. Right now every single step of the process is experiencing delays. Some background: currently the US is exporting less, but importing more from Asian countries. As a result, there are a lot of empty containers in the US and not enough in Asia to fill goods with. As a result, empty containers are being shipped out of the US so that enough empties are in Asia to load. With lots of empties here in the US, yards are getting overfull from it, causing incoming containers to be delayed for unloading while stuff is getting cleared out. Additionally, since so much is getting imported, it's harder for trucking companies to book a time to get into the yard to clear out incoming stuff, just making the yards even busier. Adding to all that, there's a shortage of truckers right now. All of this leads to ships being stuck in the harbor unable to even dock to unload because yards are too busy/full. That leads to delays unloading, delays getting stuff out of the yard. Those ships are now only getting back to Asia a week or two late, setting everything even farther back. The whole mess leads to major increases in shipping cost, difficulty getting empty containers, difficulty booking a slot, etc. It started getting bad at the end of 2020, and has only continued to compound on itself since. Expect fluctuations of up to 1 month on all timing estimates.

There are roughly 2-3 containers a month for the rest of the year unless I manage to actually take a break in the Fall. Any requests over what I have already will be deferred to GndZero.
 
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Machines For Sale (Available Now):

Battle Conductor - $1,250 - Very limited support at the moment, still in progress
Dance Dance Revolution - $5,000 - 2nd gen red jcab, officially upgraded to current hardware, monitor sometimes doesn't come on when powered, works after resetting machine, some interference on the monitor
Densha De GO! - $2,000
Groove Coaster - $1,750 - Has a significant amount of screen burn, but cant really be seen during play
Love Live - $1,750 - These work offline with limited song list/difficulty unlocks, network support in progress, preference given to people buying full sets or taking a terminal with it (terminal is $1,250)
Sound Voltex V - $2,250 - Priced AS-IS, they all work, but I'm not picking over condition for people since theres 10-20 cabs to go through, price is extremely fair for what it is. These are somewhat pending previous customers, but flexible SOLD
Sound Voltex Real Generator - $250 - I'm giving these mainly for people buying cabs, but I have a lot on order, I am currently not selling paper
Vewlix L - $1,000 - 2 available, price is rough at the moment, these are kind of "junk" cabinets in some form or another; bad monitor, missing PCB door, etc., if interested in a project, can inquire for further information
 
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Cabinets For Sale (Incoming Containers):

These all have an expected arrival date in July/August.

beatmaniaIIDX - $3,500 - There will probably be a few lined up, price is for a working current hardware cab, some example photos
Dance Dance Revolution HD (Black Cabinet) - $13,000 - HD cab with light spires released for DDR X
G-BALANCE - $900
Groove Coaster - $1,750 - Has a significant amount of screen burn, but cant really be seen during play
jubeat - $1,750 - Price up due to rising costs, lower availability, longer wait
Love Live - $1,750 - These work offline with limited song list/difficulty unlocks, network support in progress, preference given to people buying full sets or taking a terminal with it (terminal is $1,250)
Noir HD - $1,100 - Blue and red should be available
Noir HD (Tekken 7: Fated Retribution) - $1,500 - Includes Tekken 7 ES3, recommended as a pair
Project DIVA: Future Tone - $1,750 - Private network/data support
reflecbeat - $1,250
Sound Voltex V - $2,250 - Priced AS-IS, they all work, but I'm not picking over condition for people since theres 10-20 cabs to go through, price is extremely fair for what it is
Vewlix Diamond Black - $3,000
Vewlix Diamond Blue - $2,000
Vewlix Diamond Orange - $3,000
Vewlix FC - $1,500 - FastIO most likely PENDING
Vewlix FC - $1,250 - Bad monitor, expect some missing doors/locks likely PENDING
 
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Cabinets For Sale (Future Containers)

Flexible to load into containers starting July/August if fully paid for. These probably wouldn't come until September.

beatmaniaIIDX - $3,500 - There will probably be a few lined up, price is for a working current hardware cab, some example photos
Blanc - $1,250 - 4 available, Zenkai Battle Royale cabs, no PCB, no PCB mounting board
Dance Dance Revolution - $5,500 - 2nd gen red jcab, officially upgraded to current hardware
GITADORA - $7,500/pair - Will NOT sell DrumMania separately, if you insist on asking, Ill take $5,500 for JUST the drum side, these come as a pair and I'm really tired of 90% of requests being "sell me DM only"
Groove Coaster - $2,000 - Some available for $1,750 with heavier burn monitors
jubeat - $1,750 - Price up due to rising costs, lower availability, longer wait
Kancolle Arcade - $2,000 - Very basic support (boot/guest play ONLY), NO card stock available (project in progress)
Love Live - $1,750 - These work offline with limited song list/difficulty unlocks, network support in progress, preference given to people buying full sets or taking a terminal with it (terminal is $1,250)
Noir HD - $1,100 - Blue and red should be available
Noir HD (Tekken 7: Fated Retribution) - $1,500 - Includes Tekken 7 ES3, recommended as a pair
Nostalgia - $1,750
Pokken Tournament - $1,750 - Must buy in pairs, they have been quite rare lately
Pop'n Music - $1,750 - Yellow cabinets with WavePass tower $1,750, orange/blue $2,000
PRas 3 - $1,750 - Includes ALLS PCB, can provide data support
Project DIVA: Future Tone - $1,750 - Private network/data support
reflecbeat - $1,250
Sound Voltex V - $2,250 - Priced AS-IS, they all work, but I'm not picking over condition for people since theres 10-20 cabs to go through, price is extremely fair for what it is
Synchronica - $3,000
Taiko no Tatsujin HD - $7,000 - Running Green offline software, VERY few left
Vewlix Diamond Black - $3,000
Vewlix Diamond Blue - $2,000
Vewlix Diamond Orange - $3,000

Ask/Waitlist

These sell fast, are hard to get, or some combination of factors, thus I have to keep a waitlist for them.

CHUNITHM - $2,750 - Prices are normalizing, $2,750 is an estimate based on current pricing, long waitlist
Dance Rush - $11,000 - High demand, low supply, resulting high price
Initial D: The Arcade - $6,000 - High demand, low supply, resulting high price
MaiMai DX - $9,000 - Price estimate, exceptionally difficult to buy, resulting high price
WACCA - $2,500 - Will not come with keychip, currently limited network support provided, 2 repro LED boards included, photo may not be exact cabinet. We expect support to end for these in Japan with a significant price drop, long waitlist
 
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Kits & Parts For Sale:

NAMCO System 357C $400 Shipped - These are Gundam EXVS or Tekken Tag 2, let me know if you are looking for any particular games
NAMCO System ES3 $400 Shipped - These are Tekken 7 FR, let me know if you are looking for any particular games CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
TAITO Type X3 $350-$400 Shipped - $400 for NESiCAxLive 2 units
SEGA RingEdge 2 $300 Shipped - Can help prepare in advance for APM2 or Niko Multi

Aime Card $6 up to 9, $5 10-49, $4 50+ - Currently not ordering in bulk
eAmuse Card $6 up to 9, $5 10-49, $4 50+ - Currently not ordering in bulk
NESiCA Card $6 up to 9, $5 10-49, $4 50+ - Currently not ordering in bulk

B1 Poster Frame*** $42 - Orders closed
B2 Poster Frame*** $42 - Orders closed

TAITO 43cm Stool* $105 - NONE AVAILABLE UNTIL SUMMER, NOT TAKING WAITLIST
TAITO 48cm Stool* $105 - NONE AVAILABLE UNTIL SUMMER, NOT TAKING WAITLIST
TAITO Bench** $400 - NONE AVAILABLE UNTIL SUMMER, NOT TAKING WAITLIST

* These are recommended in batches of 3-5, there's little to no difference in shipping cost ordering fewer. These can be stacked on a cabinet to save shipping cost.
** I only order these at special request. If you are buying a cabinet, it will only cost around $25 to add it to the freight shipment. Otherwise, I will only personally deliver these on my normal delivery routes (see 7th post) or ship FedEx (got the rates lower, but still around $140). In the case of FedEx, be prepared to lose all insurance claims, they have proven themselves tenaciously against accepting ANY fault.
*** Recommend ordering these in quantities of 6-10. Any less is a very large cost per frame, I have no way to lower this cost to you. I will also pack with delivery routes (see 7th post) and on cabs when possible.
 
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Special Requests:
If you have interest in ANY large items, be it parts, cabinets, etc., don't hesitate to ask. However, I have restrictions on Yahoo! Japan auctions and candy cabinets (see below). otherwise, I am happy to give you information on pricing and availability of everything, as well as find what you are looking for. I love to talk, maybe too much. Feel free to reach out! I'm most easily reached on Facebook Messenger (David Rocovits or Game Saru) and Discord (Cereth#0265), or send me a PM here. NOTE: THIS IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL SPRING 2022

About Yahoo! Japan:
I offer the service of bidding/buying on Yahoo! Japan for large items not easily sent through the mail (e.g. arcade cabinets, large parts). I have a limited number of such orders I can do per container, and as such, this service is ONLY offered to close friends/colleagues and regular customers. If you do not know me or have not worked with/spoken with me before, I will deny any request you make. For those who qualify, there will be a premium of $300 or 20% (whichever is higher) on top of all finishing costs, domestic and international shipping. Additionally, auctions will be accepted at my personal discretion for any number of reasons. In rare cases I cannot meet the above policy in extenuating circumstances. Please understand that there are some items I can't help with! NOTE: THIS IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL SPRING 2022

About Candy Cabinets:
Same as above, this is ONLY for close friends/colleagues and regular customers. If you are not one of the above, I WILL IMMEDIATELY BAN YOU FROM ALL FUTURE BUSINESS. DO NOT trifle with me about this. The vast majority of requests are people asking for candy cabs, and 99% of those go unfulfilled. It takes up an excessive amount of time to process, has a pitiful profit margin, and there aren't even enough cabinets to service the MOST basic of needs, much less picky condition requests and high failure rates due to age and CRTs. I can't even meet the demands of my closest colleagues, much less the general public.

General Rare Cabinet Notes:
Please understand that some games are simply unreasonable to find. I may say as much if you ask me. Some I will refuse all requests firmly, some I will suggest wait times up to a few years. I mean it when I say this, please don't push it if I warn you not to. Listed here is regularly asked for cabinets that have near zero chance of turning up.
DO NOT ASK AT ALL
Egret 29"
Egret II
Really, any non-SEGA candy cab, which most people shouldn't be asking me for anyway
Egret II
VERY hard to buy
ANY Initial D
beatmaniaIIDX Lightning Model
ANY DDR
ANY Pump It Up
MUSECA
MaiMai Finale
 
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Information, Rules, & Policies

About Payments:
I generally accept all payments PayPal/Venmo Friends & Family. I will accept other forms of payment as an exception if you ask. Large payments are worth looking into Wire Transfer; Zelle/Venmo work as well depending. I will NOT accept payments via PayPal/Venmo Goods & Services FOR ANY REASON. If you do it anyway, you will be asked to pay the fees, AS WELL AS A $100 FINE. Look, seriously, I make directions clear. Follow them, I'm tired of it. In case of refund, PayPal keeps the fees out of my account. They have rotten seller protection; I keep a good reputation specifically so that there is no need to pay PayPal for theirs. If you send a payment Goods & Services anyway, you will be asked to pay the remainder, and will NOT be refunded the amount of fees for ANY reason.

About Shipment/Delivery:
All items unless mentioned ship from my warehouse in Reno, NV. I ship via STI, through Michelle Bianchi. It is safe to assume a normal sized cabinet ranging from a Vewlix to a roughly 3' x 3' cabinet will cost around $450-$500, two such cabinets to add around $25-$50, and something larger like a beatmaniaIIDX to cost around $600-$650. My estimates are usually pretty accurate. I will also do semi-frequent delivery trips to SoCal, Bay Area, and VERY infrequently, up to Seattle or out towards Salt Lake/Denver. I will deliver smaller items like poster frames and stools on these trips. This is good if you only want one or two of them, as I won't have the hard restrictions that FedEx does. I will also service the benches on these runs. NOTE: PERSONAL DELIVERIES MAY BE ON HOLD UNTIL SPRING 2022

About Cancellations/Problems
Depending on circumstances, I can handle order cancellations. Refunds will only be paid when I find a new buyer for the goods cancelled. In case of problems with an order, I will back the purchase to the best of my ability, including but not limited to repairs, replacements, and involvement on insurance claims. Please understand however that there is only so much I can do.
 
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Just bumping up for now. A container arrived yesterday, I've been pretty under pressure as of late. I got some more cab photos, have been sending them out to people as needed. I'm still here, I'm still operating, just taking care of immediate needs first.
Lol just saw your video. I get a kick out of you climbing all over those cabs haha.

I may be interested in one of the Nostalgias if they aren’t spoken for. How does the online/card saving functionality work?
 

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Lol just saw your video. I get a kick out of you climbing all over those cabs haha.

I may be interested in one of the Nostalgias if they aren’t spoken for. How does the online/card saving functionality work?
I think all taken atm, I haven't been able to update the sales listings here very well since there's always something else taking up my time. I can put you on the list.

There's offline hacks and some private networks that will support the game up to the end of Op. 2. Op. 3 is a mess on the network side, so nobody is really dealing with it.
 

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I added a few things, but most stuff I'm getting offered is going straight to people with reqeusts. Sorry I haven't kept this up, it's been too busy with other parts of the business to do much
 

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Since my investment I've been waiting on for 1-2 months hasn't confirmed coming in, I'm going to presell 4 or so BeatStream. They will be $3,000, complete minus header. They are all in unknown operable status, I'll be shopping them out and piecing together working units when they arrive. There are 18, I don't want to list more than 4 to start out just in case every single one needs extensive work. Hoping to get them on a container end of this month. Anyone interested in BST, whether to buy now or down the line, please get in contact with me so I can put you on the reserve list.

I may also presell DanceManiaX. There are only 7, so at most I'll presell 2. Same as above, I'm taking an interest list, I'm otherwise not selling them until they arrive and have been looked over. They are $2,000 complete/working, can work something out for incomplete cabs to run MAME or Cata's PC build.
 

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Gonna throw this out there for now, I've been busy enough to turn people away for the last two weeks and the workload hasn't gotten any less, if anything it's gotten more. Please understand if I have turnaround times up to 2 weeks on things, including shipping items, customer support, responses with information requested about things. I'm about to receive 7 containers in the next few months, and there's ridiculous amounts of work and planning to be done by just one person. Despite it all, everything is moving exactly to the schedule I laid out. Everyone will still get taken care of. Just please, understand that I am taking care of priorities on an hourly basis, not even a day or week ahead. If you need something, message me, and let me know if it is a priority. I will take care of it if it is, but will probably have to put it off if it is not. I've had 25+ cabs I haven't even bothered listing for over a month because listing cabs hasn't been an immediate priority, if that gives you guys an idea how pressing everything has been.
 

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Update, container that was supposed to arrive next week was pushed back 2 weeks. This is probably a direct result of how backed up shipping lines have been the last few months. From what I've heard, ships are sitting outside port and can't even dock. Please expect these delays on top of delays trying to book transit in the first place. Everything is still within tolerance ranges I estimated from the beginning.
 

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Updated the list to be as current as possible, I've needed to make an update for weeks/months. If something is listed as PENDING, you can still ask about it. Just means that I'm planning on batching it with one of the bigger outgoing shipments, they may not fit and will go back up for sale.

Notable stuff. There is a WACCA available coming in April/May. There are only 5 or so Mini-Cute repro slots left, 1 pink, 4 yellow. One PRas 3 might be available in April. Big stock of RingEdge 2 and Type X3 coming in April. May or later will see 1-2 CHUNITHM, can expect to start seeing more Sound Voltex V. Vewlix DIA Blue/Black/Orange start coming around May or later. Initial D Zero pairs will be available starting May or later. I'll start having some spare ES3 and 357C PCBs, you can run whatever you happen to have or can ask if you need them running anything in particular. There's at least one Dance Rush available. Densha De GO!! HD is available for sale, BeatStreams are coming.

I'm working on fulfilling a LOT of requests; jubeat and reflecbeat are pretty backed up, Theatrhythm demand outstripped supply again, any DDR that isn't a 1st gen cab has about a year waitlist, having severe trouble getting any Pokken, Ongekis are almost fulfilled, cheaper model Vewlixes are in short supply, lot of IIDX cabs but a steady request list keeping up with them. As usual, ask me for ANYTHING, whether it is listed for sale or not. It's actual impossible to list everything available to import, I really more so need to know what people want so I can ask for it.

And really, I'm extremely backed up right now, both in allocating cabs to ship and work at home. Bear with me and if asked to send me reminders when you contact me, please do it or I likely won't get back to you. I've got at least 100 people on my client list right now, I can't remember everything. Expect processing times to be a few days or weeks, including shipping packages. That said, everything IS getting done and everyone IS getting fulfilled as promised. I just need to budget time carefully!
 

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Going forward I need to start putting my foot down on some things. There are a LOT of very large orders all going on at the same time. Generally everyone asks what the payment deadlines are and while I do have payment deadlines of "before the container ships", I also note that the sooner the better, as that will help make all containers move smoothly. I greatly appreciate all of you who make payments immediately, you may not realize just how much that has helped keep the monstrous machine behind the scenes running.

That said, it's a really big machine, and I am out of oil to keep it running without things showing. I will be in touch with EVERY person who has even small items on order to figure out payment deadlines, as I need to be more firm on them for the next 2 months or so. I've already got over $100,000 of my own personal funds invested solely to give people more leniency on payment timing, so anyone who is actually able to make advance payments, it will help to ease the burden. Naturally, this is my business and therefor it is not the consumer's problem to deal with. I understand that. However, it is good to note that there will be an effect on the timetable if everyone waits until the latest possible on deadlines, and everything counts.

Anyone who has worked with me knows that I put my heart and soul into this operation, go out of my way to give the best possible service I can, and seldom really ask hard for help. I'm asking it now. Get in touch with me if you're after anything, I'm probably in a position that I can work some things out with you. Everything will be back to a more normal pace in a few months after this container rush is sorted out.

Work pressure is continuing to increase, so once again another reminder to bear with me, I'm doing the best I can for everyone right now :)

EDIT: Side note, people like to keep telling me I need to take breaks. Please stop. I balance myself as needed. People don't realize that taking a day off can potentially cripple my operation. I appreciate the sentiment, but nobody gets it, just how much is invested into making this all happen. It is my entire life. ALL of it. I don't drink, I don't socialize, I don't get to play anything, just work. Again thank you for the feelings, but I will not rest at the expense of other people's orders.
 
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Dave...youre the man! If anyone on here has bought something from Dave before I'm sure you've noticed that this just isn't his job...he really is passionate about arcades and he is super helpful and cool...even to those that have zero knowledge.

Buy with confidence!

Thanks for all of your help man...very much appreciated!
 

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Since we've gotten a lot more pictures of what we're getting as well as the container loading tomorrow, I'm now open to regular orders for BeatStream. The price has been dropped due to the knowledge of increased availability of headers. There are also parts, but not selling anything until I know for sure the state of the first 15 cabs. This is most likely the last chance to ever get an original BeatStream, don't miss it!
 
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