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    It's not just ukuleles from Japan, there are at least a couple of sellers on eBay.uk that regularly post items at way over the "normal" selling price, but if you look at their selling histories via feedback they don't ever appear to sell these overpriced items!

    My guess it's some kind of tax or money-laundering scam whereby a deal is made to "buy" a certain item at an exorbitant price, making it look like it's a valid transaction, but the real stuff being sold is something totally different! Money changes hands via PayPal or similar and no-one's ever the wiser!

    Just a guess ... could just be kids fooling about!

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    I did once buy a high end guitar as a gift for someone from one of the overpriced Japanese sellers...but I offered about 2/3 of what they were asking and the offer was accepted, which made it cheaper than US prices. The downsides were the insanely long shipping time and customs clearance, and worry about the setup. Fortunately I lucked out and the setup was near perfect. I had a local luthier look at it just in case, and got his confirmation that it was ok. All in all though I don't think I would repeat the experience. I was on pins and needles when it got hung up in customs 2 weeks on top of the 2 weeks shipping time.

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    Actually it's the market prices for their country, it might seem to us that they have higher overhead getting instruments there and passing it to you. Makes no sense buying from another country as you pay for the shipping and taxes too.
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    They are expensive auctions in Japan.

    Last edited by zztush; Tomorrow at 12:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zztush View Post
    They are expensive auctions in Japan.
    So that would be a good place to sell.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zztush View Post
    They are expensive auctions in Japan.

    8 years ago a martin 1920s 5k went for 15,000 in mint condition. . Just saying
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it ....it is your gift to others

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