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    It seems to be tough for the Japanese to compete on eBay because their prices are so high. Here's a used Martin Iz tenor listed for $2,088 with free shipping. You can buy a new one here for $1,759. Lots of eBay prices on items from Japan are very high.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/183676642336?ul_noapp=true
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    It seems to be tough for the Japanese to compete on eBay because their prices are so high. Here's a used Martin Iz tenor listed for $2,088 with free shipping. You can buy a new one here for $1,759. Lots of eBay prices on items from Japan are very high.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/183676642336?ul_noapp=true
    Shipping and handling could be a problem. I’m wondering if it’s a miscalculation in the conversion of yen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    It seems to be tough for the Japanese to compete on eBay because their prices are so high. Here's a used Martin Iz tenor listed for $2,088 with free shipping. You can buy a new one here for $1,759. Lots of eBay prices on items from Japan are very high.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/183676642336?ul_noapp=true
    Maybe it isn't that high in Japan. Different standards of living.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    Maybe it isn't that high in Japan. Different standards of living.
    Right. But it's competing with non-Japanese items.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    It seems to be tough for the Japanese to compete on eBay because their prices are so high. Here's a used Martin Iz tenor listed for $2,088 with free shipping. You can buy a new one here for $1,759. Lots of eBay prices on items from Japan are very high.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/183676642336?ul_noapp=true
    Iím guessing they are just brokering the instruments. The real instrument is probably in a shop for $1000 less and if you buy it through the auction they just go down the street, bay it, and ship it to you.

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    Hey Jerry! I've noticed the same thing....but, it's not all Japan. It's just one seller, "Future_Japan".

    Their pricing is definitely on the high side. They currently have a used Martin S-O listed for $643.

    I checked out their feedback as a seller and it doesn't appear that they've sold any ukes in the past 6 months.

    So, it might just be wishful thinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I’m guessing they are just brokering the instruments. The real instrument is probably in a shop for $1000 less and if you buy it through the auction they just go down the street, bay it, and ship it to you.

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    That's and interesting take on it. I would not have thought of that.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    I've noticed this for years... even back around 2005 when I first started checking out prices on Ebay for musical instruments coming from Japan. I think it's a reflection of their market prices and, in some cases, rolling in "free" shipping.

    Incidentally, I sold a banjo once to a buyer in Japan...it was held up in Japanese customs for 3 weeks. Though I'd sold to customers in France, Sweden, England, Ireland, Germany and Spain as well, none waited more than a few days to clear customs in those countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtradust View Post
    Hey Jerry! I've noticed the same thing....but, it's not all Japan. It's just one seller, "Future_Japan".

    Their pricing is definitely on the high side. They currently have a used Martin S-O listed for $643.

    I checked out their feedback as a seller and it doesn't appear that they've sold any ukes in the past 6 months.

    So, it might just be wishful thinking.
    Interesting situation. Makes you wonder what's really going on.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Interesting situation. Makes you wonder what's really going on.
    If you sell ukulele brand X for $100 & I offer the same uke at $500, I will eventually sell it. It may take me longer, but will you sell 5 ukes before I sell my one? Hmm....

    Further, if a potential buyer wants a higher quality uke, on EBAY he can easily specify that he only wants to view ukes priced at over $400. Your uke won't even be seen. Mine will.

    Some buyers equate higher prices with higher quality. The correlation, however, is far from perfect (as we all know)

    A possible strategy: You offer to sell uke X for $500 but include "Or best offer". I offer $200. You accept. I'm happy -- I "saved" $300. You're happy -- you made $100 extra profit.

    There are all kinds of retailing strategies. Perhaps the Japan sellers have a strategy or maybe they are clueless. The same is often true for buyers.
    Last edited by bellgamin; 02-09-2019 at 12:29 PM.

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