Safe Way to Sell Used Goods Online in Japan

Last month, apart from posting it on my Facebook I was also searching for other ways to sell my camera here in Japan. I got a little impulsive which led me to sign up for a bunch of sites like Ebay, LetGo, SayonaraSale, and even posted it on my Craigslist account. I got a lot of responses, but most of them just wanted to haggle with me which I couldn’t allow because my camera was in mint condition. I believe the price I set was just fair.

Two buyers were very eager to purchase it but for a lower price so I kind of expressed my disappointment to my husband. As a result, he introduced Mercari** to me. It’s a noted online flea market in Japan that allows you to sell anything used or new for a price you personally set.

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Mercari‘s website

Was I able to sell my camera on Mercari (メルカリin Japanese)? Yes, and I was so happy about it. In fact, my iPhone SE was also sold quickly on the app. There was no haggling at all.

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my husband’s Mercari account

Pros of using Mercari

  1. Signing up is for free and quite easy if you can read and write Japanese.
  2. Listing your items is for free and simple.
  3. Meeting with the buyers or other sellers is completely unnecessary. This is something I find very favorable.
  4. You ship your items through your preferred convenience store at no extra cost to you (like Lawson, 7-Eleven, etc.).
  5. It’s absolutely legit and that makes you feel secure.


  1. Mercari Japan doesn’t support other languages which may not be that easy for those who can’t read and write Japanese yet.
  2. 10% selling fee is charged when sale completes.

I highly recommend this app if you want to feel safe.

**This link is for your reference only. I won’t get any commission if you click it.

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