ぼったくり

If you’re into really cute soft toys and stationery, then you’ll love Art Box. It’s a shop that mainly sells Hello Kitty, Moomin, Rilakkuma, and other themed objects.

Art Box

I went in there with my Japanese friend yesterday and she was shocked at some of the prices she saw. Especially that they still have the price in yen right next to the UK selling price. 「ぼったくりだよね」she said. “bottakuri da yo ne” means “it’s a rip-off isn’t it!”.

Rilakkuma notebook

¥360 is £2.55
¥350 is £2.48

Rilakkuma letter set

¥400 is £2.83
¥400 is £2.83

Of course I know there’s shipping and other costs involved that is bound to make all these products more expensive in a foreign country, but I guess it still does seem like a tiny bit of a rip-off (bottakuri/ぼったくり). Another reason to go to Japan right?! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “ぼったくり

  1. Thats how I feel too. Buying Japanese things in America is horribly expensive too. When I go to london sometime I shall check out the art box. Rilakkuma stuff~ ah so cute.

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