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.
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.
Pros of using Mercari
- Signing up is for free and quite easy if you can read and write Japanese.
- Listing your items is for free and simple.
- Meeting with the buyers or other sellers is completely unnecessary. This is something I find very favorable.
- You ship your items through your preferred convenience store at no extra cost to you (like Lawson, 7-Eleven, etc.).
- It’s absolutely legit and that makes you feel secure.
- Mercari Japan doesn’t support other languages which may not be that easy for those who can’t read and write Japanese yet.
- 10% selling fee is charged when sale completes.
I highly recommend this app if you want to feel safe.
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