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Visit the ''Book-off'' that sells used clothes and electronic devices

When living in Japan, I usually sold the things I did not need to second-hand stores to get some money, and I often choose "Book-off", which is a reputable place.

Jena

Jena

Published on 23 May, 12:00

When I was young, my parents used to buy me lots of new clothes; then, my mom would fold my old clothes, put them into a bag and send them to my cousins. When I was a little older, I used to ask my parent to let me take my clothes to school for donation programs that helped people living in the highlands.

Then, during my time in Japan...

Book-off: The paradise to buy - sell secondhand items

For those who used to live in Japan, second-hand stores on every street is not a strange sight. However, some stores only sell old stuff, not buy them from the customers. I was excited after knowing about Book-off because every time I come here to sell my stuff, I would find something good and useful in my daily life.

The name makes people think that this place is for selling books; however, it is not just that.

In fact, this store sells all kinds of different products that are neatly classified into different rows, such as clothes, electronics, books, etc. In the book section, I also saw many items such as CDs, DVDs, or manga.

Currently, this store has four branches, and customers can take a look at the products through the website: https://www.bookoff.co.jp/

A screenshot of bookoff's website
A screenshot of bookoff's website

Just after 30 minutes, I sold my stuff and got my money

Selling second-hand goods in Japan follows a specific process. Before the employee takes the customer's goods, they'll ask them to show their identification (like an ID card in Vietnam). Then they get the items and give them a number for queueing.

The staff checks the item very carefully. With clothes that are still in good use, they hang them on the hanger, whereas the old ones will be folded and put to the side to return to the customer.

Visit the ''Book-off'' that sells used clothes and electronic devices

Usually, every time I sold my shirts, the store would return 1-3 shirts, but I would give them those instead of taking them all back home.

In Japan, once people buy something, that thing would definitely worth using. It is not like "selling useless scraps" in Vietnam. Thus, the price is a little bit higher.

While waiting for the staff to check if the goods are usable and eligible for redemption, I often walk around the store to see the items that have affordable prices but are still new. Once I bought a very good rice cooker that only cost nearly 4000¥.

Its original price was up to 4 million VND (about 170$), so I felt that I got a really good deal after buying it.

Each time I got out of that store, my pockets would be clinking with plenty of money

With old clothes, I often sold 10 - 12 shirts at about 1500¥ while the price for electronics would be higher. I used an iPhone 5s (Japanese model) for more than three years but I could still sell it for 3000¥.

In general, living in Japan is quite expensive, so Vietnamese people working in Japan often face the situation of "being so broke in the middle of the month".

Stores like "Book - off" were my saviour on the days I couldn't afford food. Although the price for selling second-hand products would be lower than the original price but the products I sold have all been used for a long time. For that reason, I think the price paid for each item was very appropriate.

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