Two of AsiaPundit’s daily reads are having a blogwar* over whether or not Japan is set to ban the sale of used electronic equipment.
Cory of Boing Boing notes:
As of April 2006, it will be illegal to sell used electronics that are 5 years old or older in Japan. Akihabara News says that this is part of a pattern of restriction of the sale of used goods that prevails in Japan, where manufacturers have been able to convince the government to sweeten their profit-lines by banning re-sale of goods.
So foreign sales will not be restricted at all. This is no surprise, considering how common sales of used Japanese vehicles are overseas. For example, in the Philippines all of the buses seem to be bought used from Japan. The very first bus I rode as I stepped out of the airport had a plate mounted above the windshield saying that it had been a Kyoto city bus that was refurbished by the Keihan Bus Company in around 1980. Second, companies can use what seems to amount to fake leases to get around the sales restrictions.
But there is more to it. Domestic non-lease sales are not being flat-out banned anyway, they are simply requiring an inspection.
Lots of you have written in to point out this site, which purports to debunk this article. However, if you read it, you’ll see that in the guise of "protecting consumers," this Japanese law will limit the resale of used goods to giant retailers that presently make all their money from new goods, while shutting out user-to-user sales of electronics, pawn shops, market stalls, charity shops, etc. In other words: the sale of used goods will be at the discretion of the companies that stand to lose the most from the sale of used goods.
(*n.b. blogwar is an acceptable term for anything from a vicious flamewar to a polite debate.)
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February 23rd, 2006 at 10:14 pm
I was a little surprised to see the word “war,” but if you say it’s a term for polite discourse, then so be it.
I don’t think Corey actually disagreed with anything I said, and in fact I think I succesfully debunked the hysteria in the original Akihabara News posting.
Of course, I do think that the new regulations are a problem- they just aren’t the same problem that the earlier blog reports thought it was.