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Ed Greens on Japanese Yahoo Auctions

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I just perused the Japanese Yahoo auction site to see some EG pics (trying to get a straight ahead shot of the Inverness), and I noticed that some EG shoes are selling for $750 - $800 with (what appears to be) several days left on the auction.  This is unreal to me.
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The price of E. Greens in Tokyo runs about 110,000 give or take, depending on the model.  Aldens shell cordovans go for 90,000 yen or so. That is one reason why I didn't chime in on the thread about the world's most expensive cities about how Tokyo really isn't all that expensive.  There are strategies for saving money, but if you want your high quality imported shoes, you have to pay through the nose. Bic
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Just as Bic said, in Japan imported shoes and any other luxury goods, are sold for ridiculous prices. This has of course resulted in a lot of parallel importing for items like Rolex watches and LV bags. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the market for English shoes isn't really big enough to justify a parallel import scheme.. Again, Tokyo/Japan isn't really THAT expensive, on par with most other major cities I believe. On the whole, food is pretty cheap. In fact the latest Economist Big Mac Index has a Japanese Big Mac at $2.34 and a US Big Mac at $3.06. One glaring exception is fruit, where a small watermelon costs about $20....
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Just as Bic said, in Japan imported shoes and any other luxury goods, are sold for ridiculous prices.  This has of course resulted in a lot of parallel importing for items like Rolex watches and LV bags.  Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the market for English shoes isn't really big enough to justify a parallel import scheme..   Again, Tokyo/Japan isn't really THAT expensive, on par with most other major cities I believe.  On the whole, food is pretty cheap.  In fact the latest Economist Big Mac Index has a Japanese Big Mac at $2.34 and a US Big Mac at $3.06.  One glaring exception is fruit, where a small watermelon costs about $20....
Or square watermelons.
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One other comment on shoes.  I have not looked into it too deeply, but believe that for sociological reasons, leather goods may be subject to particularly high import duties. Bic
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