Yodobashi Camera Akiba Megastore

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I had another look around Yodobashi Camera’s flagship megastore in Akihabara recently. It certainly has a excellent selection, and the store itself is very nice, but pricewise it is beaten heartily by Amazon, and any serious seller with Kakaku.com or Rakuten (although these two really require a Japanese bank account to get the best deals).

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For tourists who can’t or would rather not use internet retailers it is probably a great convenience – it certainly has plenty of foreign patrons. However , with all the excellent specialist shops in the Akihabara environs it is a little hard to recommend to anyone with the time to look around.

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For physical stores I think I prefer Bic Camera, although this probably comes from being near to all their stores in Ikebukuro. Pricewise there is little difference; they both operate essential (about 10%) point card schemes (not compatible with duty free shopping); sticking with one or the other is probably best for the sake of the cards (the cards work well in that respect).

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Gundam and figures are reasonably stocked and nicely displayed. Nothing too risque, however.

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Airsoft guns seem a popular item judging by the amount of shelf space they receive.

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A good selection of anime DVDs.

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Drama CDs and seiyuu CDs are also well stocked.

Short of photographing hundreds of shelves of boxes, I couldn’t find any way of conveying the scale of their PC section, but pricewise you would do well to head over to the nearby Tsukumo stores for a probably better selection at extremely reasonable prices in admittedly well worn stores. Their game section seems nothing to write home about.


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