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Q: How to Buy a Japanese Printer from the USA ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: How to Buy a Japanese Printer from the USA
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: lwhitney-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 02 Jan 2003 16:45 PST
Expires: 01 Feb 2003 16:45 PST
Question ID: 136721
I would like to find someone who can sell me a printer that is
currently being sold only in Japan.  The printer is the Canon 950i
Pixus and the average street price is 38,700 yen (according to ZDNet

The requirements are
  - The seller can be in Japan, but someone there needs to be able to
communicate in english (at least via e-mail), and must be trustworthy.

  - The product must be in stock.

  - The price including shipping costs to Dallas, Texas must be less
than 60,000 yen ($500 USD)

Thank you.

Clarification of Question by lwhitney-ga on 03 Jan 2003 13:53 PST
Since this looks like it will be more difficult than I thought, I
increasing the value of this question, and the price I'll pay for the

Thanks for your comment.

Clarification of Question by lwhitney-ga on 09 Jan 2003 12:20 PST

Google has deleted my response to you because I included an e-mail

If you still get a chance to read this, I would like to accept your
terms and send the money to your paypal account.

If it's acceptable to post your paypal username as part of the
clarification, please do so.  If it should only be sent privately,
please say so and I'm sure we can find a way to do this.

Subject: Re: How to Buy a Japanese Printer from the USA
Answered By: hailstorm-ga on 09 Jan 2003 19:51 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I have found a post on USENET from a person who is looking to purchase
a Canon 950i Pixus printer in Japan, and ship it to somebody in
Dallas, TX after accepting prepaid Paypal payment.

If you contact this person, they should be able to fulfill your
request.  Please be advised that a three-day weekend will be starting
in Japan, so it's possible that this person may require until Tuesday
to get to the post office to ship your printer.

Google search terms used (Google Groups):
    Purchasing Canon 950i Pixus

Request for Answer Clarification by lwhitney-ga on 12 Jan 2003 15:04 PST
This looks like a good answer thank you.

I have sent the money as described on USENET, and will close out this
question as soon as the shipment is verified.

Thank you,

Clarification of Answer by hailstorm-ga on 19 Jan 2003 03:11 PST

I'm glad that you seem to have completed your transaction.  Enjoy your
new printer! :-)
lwhitney-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very creative and helpful.  There are very few people who could have
helped me with this question.

Subject: Re: How to Buy a Japanese Printer from the USA
From: leeann-ga on 03 Jan 2003 08:24 PST
As someone who is fairly fluent in Japanese and educated about
Japanese business practices, I have a feeling this product will be
very difficult to obtain. Many products that are only available in
Japan have many restrictions and taxes that make them nearly
impossible to obtain in the States. This is especially true for many
electronics (hence the reason why the Japanese cell phone industry is
so much more advanced technologically than in the States).

That given, your best bet would probably be the the Apple Japan store
online ( Most Japanese businessmen working
for American based companies are bilingual, or have a company
translator, so you shouldn't have a problem emailing them. I did not
actually find a service email address, but you should be able to email
the webmaster at and he or she can direct you to
the proper email.

Good Luck!

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