Waste not, Want not, Mottainai
It may be fortunate or unfortunate that some foreigners (and locals) leave Japan for good, leaving behind their oversized belongings. In some countries, it would be easy to just leave them outside and wait for the garbage collectors. But, in Japan, because of the Home Appliance Recycling Act and other regulations concerning oversized trash disposal, some people opt to give away their appliances than pay for the disposal fee. This fee can be as high as 4600 yen (subject to change) per item.
Then, as they say, one man’s garbage can be another man’s treasure. If you’re just about to start your life in Japan but don’t want to spend too much, nor care whether you recycle someone else’s furniture, the groups we have summarized below may help you get started.
Some people, who want to earn back at least some of the money they spent, sell items at bargain prices in this group. It takes a trained eye and good amount of research to know a good deal, or to spot scammers. Beware of people selling items like laptops, gadgets or iPhones who want to opt for cash on delivery or shipping only. For those light items, arrange for pick-up instead if you don’t want to part with your hard-earned dough to some skilled scammer.
Same as Tokyo Sayonara Sale
My personal favorite and one that requires a great amount of skill and speed. When something good is posted, within 2 seconds it’s taken. People here are very competitive simply because things are given here for free. You only have to arrange for pick up/pay the postage fee. I got my wireless printer with extra ink from this website.
The Tokyo International Exchange Center – JASSO houses a number of international students and researchers. Some of them opt to give away their items. There’s not much going on here compared to the other groups. Sometimes, though, they’d be some great items for cheap (or free) but in order for the items to be worth it, you have to live near the area (Odaiba).
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