Shopping is without a doubt, one of the best, and important things to do when one is in Japan.
Souvenirs for colleagues, food and snacks for your mum – whatever swag one can grab.
The sacred act of shopping is doubly important for individuals who are video game & toy collectors, such as myself. For us crazed collectors, Japan is a mecca for our beloved merchandise – and that is when proper budgeting becomes one’s no. 1 priority.
Lucky for us, there is a concept that many shops in Japan follow – Kaitori (買い取り）.
Literally meaning ‘buy backs’, it’s pretty much what it sounds like – several stores actively buy back 2nd-hand goods from customers, touch them up a tad, and then sell them back.
This results in a win-win situation; customers get to make some money back from products that they no longer want, and collectors get another chance at obtaining a game or figure that might have been long sold out at retail.
While a majority of the products sold back to kaitori stores tend to be pre-owned, nearly all of them are still in absolutely pristine condition.
What’s even better is that kaitori stores have a high chance of obtaining super-rare products that have long disappeared off store shelves. Such products often don’t come cheap – so get your wallets ready!
Merchandise shopping is almost always a wallet-draining exercise – but it need not be an inefficient one! Look out for the 買い取り sign the next time you’re in Japan – and happy browsing!