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Where to buy goods from Japan?

For Europeans, the Land of the Rising Sun has always been shrouded in a certain aura of mystery. It seemed that everything was completely different for them: a kimono instead of a European suit, karate instead of weapons, a low bow instead of a handshake. Rock gardens, bonsai, rice fields – the list of things that are different from ours goes on and on. And how we admire their legendary hard work and willingness to work in one company throughout their entire career!

It is probably thanks to this hard work that Japanese goods have long become synonymous with quality and reliability. Consumers around the world are readily choosing Japanese laptops and TVs, cars and acoustics, spinning rods and synthesizers. Japanese manufacturers implement the most stringent testing programs to ensure that only high-quality products are shipped to consumers.

Any enterprise in Japan has an effective quality control system. Usually, when a defect is discovered for the first time, the product is immediately written off, and if it is repeated, a large-scale investigation of all production processes will be organized. In addition, in the Japanese tradition, it is customary to use purchases for a long time, so buying something of low quality will be a violation of this tradition, because the product is likely to break prematurely.

Where are quality Japanese goods sold?

In Japan, of course, there are many brick-and-mortar stores, just like everywhere else in the world. However, it is clear that online shopping has been gaining ground in recent decades. And in Japan, its rapid growth is also facilitated by the fact that the Japanese are real workaholics. They spend all their time at work, and they simply do not have time for thoughtful shopping in shopping centers. Flipping through the pages of an online store before going to bed to choose something new to wear or buy a more recent smartphone model in such a situation seems like a reasonable decision.

In addition to regular online stores, the format of online auctions is popular in Japan. Thus, the Internet giant Yahoo! tried to launch its eBay competitor called Yahoo! Auctions, but the global market was not doing well enough to continue. But in Japan they are doing well: this auction is very popular among sellers who do not pay a commission on sales here. As a result, both individual sellers and large stores come here. It’s no surprise that Japanese online auctions range from used goods such as children’s clothing and furniture to new electronics, auto parts and luxury bags.

For users who do not live in Japan, all of these online stores and online auctions may not be available. To use their capabilities you need to know Japanese. Not only that, in order to register, you will need to provide a phone number and address in Japan, making access even more difficult for users from other countries. For such users, a convenient option for shopping in Japan will be intermediaries who deliver goods to their country.

How to buy goods from Japan through an intermediary?

Let’s talk about the work of intermediaries using the JSM-JAPAN service as an example. This service offers users to make purchases directly on its website. This site has a clear and convenient Russian-language interface. The user can search for products in different stores and auctions at once by entering a search query, or simply look through the desired categories if he does not know exactly the desired model.

Product pages contain useful information such as price and delivery terms in Japan, seller ratings and descriptions, which are automatically translated into Russian. If something is unclear in the description or the user wants to ask the seller a question, JSM-JAPAN managers are ready to help with this, because they are fluent in Japanese.
The user can add products from several stores to their cart at once and see their total price, taking into account delivery in Japan and a small service commission, which depends only on the number of items of the product, even if you buy 100 pieces of one product at once. To make a purchase, it will be enough to top up your account with the appropriate amount, and then JSM-JAPAN will take care of everything else: it will process the purchases and store them in its warehouse until the user is ready to arrange delivery to their country. Judging by customer reviews, this is a convenient way to buy goods from Japan with delivery to your country profitably and reliably.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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