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Is shimano stuff cheaper in Japan ?(5 posts)

Is shimano stuff cheaper in Japan ?PeterRider
Apr 23, 2002 4:59 PM
Does anybody here know about prices of shimano stuff in Japan ? After all, this is where it is produced... Is it worth waiting for my next visit to Tokyo to buy stuff there ? And also, is there specific cheaper places where to go ?

Pierre (who was quite serious for studying japanese talking, but not really for japanese web-reading)
re: Is shimano stuff cheaper in Japan ?zeke
Apr 23, 2002 5:34 PM
absolutely not. here if i need parts i send to usa or elsewhere, and even including shipping i can do better. i can sometimes, rarely see a part on japanese yahoo auction that is priced similarly to american , but overall, purchasing shimano outside of japan is more economical. for example i am now looking for an alivio 7 speed cogset. i just last night saw it on the net at a shop in the usa for $19.95. here as of yesterday according to my lbs it is 4000 yen, about $33.00!

the same argument is valid for cars. one can purchase a toyota or other j. car in usa for less than one would pay in japan.

some type of govt price support exists that creates such a system.
Nothing is cheaper in Japan not even rice!Ken of Fresno
Apr 23, 2002 10:10 PM
I lived there fo a little over three years. You'd be pretty hard pressed to find a good deal on much of anything. They do have decent prices on camera equipment though. I stocked up on Nikon stuff before coming home. Expect to pay about $7-$8 for a Big Mac value meal. There is a place that has decent all you can eat sushi for about $10 near Ueno Station. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Gambate kudasai tomodachi,
Ken
For rice it is not the same reason...PeterRider
Apr 23, 2002 11:41 PM
You can buy cheap rice as well in Japan, if you eat Thai rice. But people accept to buy expensive japanese rice because they claim it is the only good rice... Sure that to prepare onigiris, japanese rice is much better, I never managed to make decent ones with Thai rice. But it is right that generally food is awfully expensive. Size of the large drinks is smaller than the small size in the US !

For computer stuff though, and electronic equipment, prices are good... I bought a MD player in Akihabara a few years ago and didn't regret it. So I was just thinking, well, maybe shimano stuff is cheap too.

Setsumei ha arigatou,

Pierre
I come from NZhayaku
Apr 24, 2002 3:44 AM
I think that shops are more likely to give you big discounts where I'm from. I got $1000NZ off my Fuji team in NZ which made it about $300ish American dollars lower than the list price in Japan. And of course that's a Jap bike with Shimano.

However, I was looking at a Selle Italia SLR in NZ for $330 NZ but I got it for about $250 over here. Different prices for different things from different places.

Bring your wallet with you, and make sure it's FAT.

soredewa, ma-ku