Vinyl Shops in Tokyo, Japan and Japan in General

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by mikemoon, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Member

    Location:
    Sapporo, Japan
    yeah Jimbocho was great last time I went, dang, finding a 100 yen Godheadsilo LP was a eureka moment. Of course the thing was surface noised to distraction. First time I went there about 3 years ago it was a total bust though.
    woooaaahhh. factor in the hotels and airfare and train fares... man you must be loaded! How many records get sent for $1,200?
     
  2. hockman

    hockman Well-Known Member

    Wow you really outdid yourself!

    I usually manage anywhere from 60-100 records, usually closer to the lower end. That's the number that works for me in terms of time and concentration span needed for hunting (hey, I also do lots of other stuff while on holiday!) and the weight limitations of check-in luggage. It just takes time for me to figure out what I really like and want, instead of buying anything that seems to be interesting and desirable. Very occasionally if I go a bit crazy, I get the record stores to mail stuff for me.
     
  3. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Active Member

    I took 2 boxes of lp’s to Japan Post, prolly 50 in each, weight around 20kg each box.
    Airmail to USA was a whopping ¥27,000 each!! I have 4 more boxes I’m taking to airport, will pay JAL $200 each box as extra cargo/luggage. I planned to do that with all of it but chickened out, worrying what US Customs will say about all the extra boxes. That’s beside 1 box plus that goes into each of my checked bags. LOVE JAL First Class as I get 32kg per bag for 3 checked bags.

    Definitely learned a lesson the hard way - that picking up tons of “bargain bin” items isn’t such a bargain after factoring in freight home!
     
  4. Thanks for all the reports MV. The fun of buying always outweighs the pain of getting the stuff to the airport and home safely. I usually manage about 150 units in my luggage with a weight around 70 kilos. Luckily my wife pitches in as I wouldn't be able to get all the stuff to the airport without her help. Sounds like you've ended up with a huge amount of records and hope you got them through customs okay.
     
  5. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Active Member

    I’m home, safe and sound now. USA Customs did not even blink an eye at my four boxes of LPs and three huge suitcases also full of LPs. Since the airline (JAL) charges $200 US per box, in the future I need to remember that NOTHING should get shipped by Japan mail as it’s AT LEASTE an additional $50 per box compared to shipping as additional freight on the airline.

    Total count was 570 LP’s and just over (600) 7” picture sleeves. I’ve always had a fetish for promos, so I would guess that 1/2 to 2/3 of the entire inventory are promotional copies. I really tried this time to focus on finding “A” (NM) rated items, and only those with Obi’s . “B” graded items without Obi’s were the exception rather than the rule.

    I learn a little something every trip. For next year, I’m going to find some extra-heavy-duty cardboard archival type boxes that can be folded down flat, and bring those for use in packing the stuff that will go on the airline as extra freight. The lesson of the “flight case“ type boxes I bought on Amazon? Ended up leaving them all behind in Tokyo as they weren’t worth the extra weight.

    The biggest pain was getting everything loaded onto two luggage carts, and then being able to maneuver the two carts together.

    All in all, I think this was my best trip yet. Already looking forward to next year. Once I’ve gotten them all inventoried and uploaded to my website, I’ll try to remember to come back here and recap.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
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  6. hockman

    hockman Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's an incredible number of records! The only people I've known to buy so many on a trip are dealers sourcing for their stores or perhaps diehard DJs.

    Many record stores will give you their used packing boxes if you ask. They have to get rid of them anyway.
     
  7. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Active Member

    Yes, I do have a store (online only) - although it's really just an excuse to legitimize my obsession with vinyl. At least that's what my wife says! She thinks that although everything is cataloged and very organized, it's still a symptom of my being a "hoarder", LOL! Although I've got my own website (mightyvinyl.com) that's primarily for bragging rights, as 90% of my sales come through Discogs and less than 2% comes through my own website.
     
  8. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Member

    Location:
    Sapporo, Japan
    woah, 90,000 items? If I had that much stuff I'd be opening a real shop to try and pare it down. In fact, the wife would be telling me to open a goddamn shop as she wouldnt want to sort through all that lot after I cark it.

    whats yer discogs handle?
     
  9. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Active Member

    Same as here, MightyVinyl (or mightyvinyl.com).

    I just opened the two boxes of LP's that I shipped home from Tokyo. Both arrived in VERY good condition. Both contain 75 albums (surprising coincidence, but true). That means the true cost for me for shipping each album home via Japan Post airmail is $3.25 ea. (27,000 yen per box divided by 75 pieces). Price per album to bring them home as additional cargo on JAL was $2.65 each ($200 per box divided by 75). Not as bad as I'd feared.
     

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