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greyjoy
August 1st, 2014, 14:18
Can we get a list going of some good places to buy electronics, furniture, bikes, et cetera? I know some places are probably regional, or hard to get to from certain parts of the country, but just some suggestions might get us new guys started in the right direction. I'll actually probably just buy a bike from the closest shop to me, but I have no idea how to go about finding a shop with a wireless router or TVs, even after wandering around a mall all day yesterday.

Jiggit
August 1st, 2014, 14:27
Electronics - electronics store.
Furniture - furniture stores.
Bikes - bike shops and sports centres.

Seriously though the best way really is to just ask other ALTs in your area.

Ini
August 1st, 2014, 14:35
kakaku.com

Page
August 1st, 2014, 15:21
There's lots of mom and pop stores but the big brands are

Electronics: Yodabashi (http://www.yodobashi.com/), K's Denki (http://www.ksdenki.com/ec/inc/shop/info/), Yamada (http://www.yamada-denki.jp/store/index.html) (K's and Yamada are linked to the shop search and Yodabashi has a list at the bottom)
Furniture: Nitori (http://www.nitori.co.jp/shop/index.php) is probably the most famous (and cheap), a lot of people shop on nissen.co.jp, too There's IKEA if you live close enough (no internet shopping).

Bikes.. depends. You can get a bike almost anywhere, AEON, your local hardware store. Depends on how nice of a bike you want. The bigger the AEON or hardware store the more selection they'll have. Local bike stores will depend on your area, that'd probably be something that you'd want to ask local ALTs about.

Ini
August 1st, 2014, 15:27
kojima.net - 店舗からのお知らせ - 店舗ご案内 (http://shopinfo.kojima.net/b/kojima/)
最新情報 | ビックカメラ (http://www.biccamera.co.jp/shopguide/index.html)
店舗案内 | 株式会社ノジマ (http://www.nojima.co.jp/shop/index.html)

Ini
August 1st, 2014, 15:28
but unless there is a sale on or you feel confident enough in your j-go to haggle you will be much better off buying electronics online.

coop52
August 1st, 2014, 20:55
Rakuten and Amazon can cover almost all of your needs.

zombiekelly
August 3rd, 2014, 12:16
K's Denki is basically Best Buy. They even sell Dynex. Depending on your town you can get a lot of things there, appliances, computers, impulse buys... My podunk town had one that was pretty much headphones and keitai cases, but the one next town over had almost everything.

I also liked Keiyo D2. It was like a mini Lowes/Home Depot bred with a wal-mart (except for the grocery part). Bedding, light bulbs, and cleaners were what I usually got there.

Donki for everything else, including your standard "I heart oppai" gaijin tshirts.

greyjoy
August 3rd, 2014, 21:08
I successfully purchased a bike today, but failed at buying a router. I guess the one I chose was on back order. I don't know.

Anyone have a suggestion for a router on Amazon/rakuten, then? I don't need any of the AC garbage necessarily. Something in the 5000 range?

SomePeopleJustSaySnow
August 3rd, 2014, 21:34
Coincidentally, I also purchased a bike today. What exciting lives we lead.

sharpinthefang
August 3rd, 2014, 23:28
For your router, try Yamada. They do have a website but its pretty crap. I managed to get a dual band 500n router for about 2.5, and is smaller than the palm of my hand so i can take it with me.

webstaa
August 4th, 2014, 10:59
If you know anything about routers and firmware, you can put DDWRT on quite a few Buffalo models (to change the firmware language to English). Otherwise is doesn't much matter - just find a router with the right band you want - if you want a wireless router(g,b,n, ac etc). Then hook it up and log into it to put in your ID and you'll be off to the races.

ihatefall
August 4th, 2014, 11:16
I always recommend looking up router reviews before buying them. Also my internet company have me modem that was also a wifi router