Used Japanese Electronics: Treasure or Trash - You Decide!
JUNKWORLD Sells Used Japanese Electronics. These are Not Hot Ticket Items
While certainly not an exclusively Japanese set of preferences, the desire for the latest, newest, freshest consumer products has a particularly robust… uhh, momentum over here. And it’s also particularly comprehensive.
Those who can afford it - even in the middle of a city - almost never buy a lived-in home; they buy the land, have the old house demolished, and build their own. Apartment and condo dwellers tend toward the newest buildings their budgets will allow. Cars, too - it’s actually more lucrative to export used J-cars to India than it is to sell them here. New is just better.
Same story with electronics. Obviously, there are exceptions, but as a rule, those browsing the two JUNKWORLD shops we visited today are a very specific clientele of DIYers, Makers, tinkerers, dorky writers, and the relatively small sector of society for whom the price points are appropriate.
Located in the eclectically geeky Nakano Broadway shopping center, the tiny yet efficiently stuffed JUNKWORLDs overflow with a memory lane of used mainstream and ultra-geeky gadgetry (there's also a dusting of new products). Some of it we want just because. Some of it is actually useful. Some of it we're afraid to touch, e.g., the once beige, now yellow-ish brown plastic mouse, or the visibly finger-greased PS1 controllers. That’s us.
But do YOU Want This?
It’s a safe bet that 90% of JUNKWORLD’s customers don’t need JUNKWORLD’s stuff, they want it. And yes, used electronics stores can be found anywhere in the world, but this is how Japan do - and we’re curious about the proclivities of our readers, so what say you: among the following, is it treasure, or is it trash?
Treasure Vs. Trash: the Lineup
At both JUNKWORLD locations, laptops are the most prominently displayed of all products, with most falling on the cheaper end of ¥15,000 to ¥30,000 (approx. US $150-$300). The smaller shop has a Minolta and Nikon camera chassis overpopulation problem, so you get one for ¥400, or six for ¥2000 ($4 or $20, and you’re on your own now). There’s also an original Sony PlayStation for the sweet, sweet price of ¥1980 (games also available).
So… treasure, or trash?
Now, your new old PlayStation, along with a few other ancient game consoles, must be controlled, and there’s a cardboard box full of them for about ¥700 to ¥800 each. Or, bringing the danger into real life, perhaps you’d like to make tiny laser guns from the guts of old optical drives: ¥300 to ¥1000. Your laser-based rodent army might need a central brain unit, and for that you’ll find plastic-wrapped motherboards filed upright like LPs in a cardboard box. Prices vary.
Again we ask: great, or garbage?
Your Verdict Requested
Let us know in the comments - we’ll give you a free cookie!
For those living in or traveling to Tokyo who’d like to visit the JUNKWORLDs, just get yourself to Nakano station, head north through the shopping arcade and continue directly into iconic Nakano Broadway. JUNKWORLD has two small stores on the main thoroughfare of the first floor. And trust us, JUNKWORLD is just the beginning of Nakano's magnificent dorkiness - about which we'll be bringing you much more.
With apologies for the less than stellar-res iPhone snapshots, have a closer look:
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