Thursday, April 22, 2010

Won't Miss #159 - mail order limitations

One of the most frustrating things about living in Japan (or abroad in general) is that you can't order many items from the U.S. and have them shipped abroad. This is often so for computer and electronic items as well as software, but also clothing, packaged food items, and kitchenware. The electronics and sundry household items are limited because allowing goods sold more cheaply in the U.S. to be sent to Japan would undermine sales in domestic venues. The software, however, makes no sense. I want to buy it in English rather than Japanese. The chances that a Japanese person would choose English software that is cheaper over Japanese version which are more expensive are quite low, yet software cannot be shipped to Japan.

I won't miss the limitations on mail ordering certain types of items from Japan.