Here are prices for several popular MiniDisc units. Please note that these prices are updated weekly, and are therefore good until 17 March 1997. Items are domestic models, unless marked ``/I'' (international). Manuals are in Japanese, unless marked ``E'' which means that I have personally vouched for the fact that it has an English section. All prices are in Japanese Yen, unless otherwise indicated.
All taxes, customs duties, import charges, brokerage and the like in your own country are excluded from these prices, and you should make your own enquiries as to how much these are going to cost you. In some countries these are immaterial, in others they are very significant.
It is most unlikely that my prices are going to be cheaper than retail prices in your own country. Japan is a very expensive place! The service I offer is essentially to source models that are not yet readily obtainable in your own country, but are already available on the market in Japan. Do you want to get ahead? Read on.
|Sony Portables||Foreign Prices Including Shipping|
|Unit||Man.||JPY Price||Weight in Kgs||USD||GBP||CHF||AUD|
|MZ-R30/I (silver only)||E||50,985||0.900||474||293||700||591|
|Sony 100V-240V 50-60Hz battery chargers|
|Model||Battery charged/machine||JPY Price|
|NH-9WM: MZ-E50, MZ-E30||3,000|
|LIP12: MZ-R30, MZ-R4ST||5,000|
|Sharp||Foreign Prices Including Shipping|
|Unit||Man.||Price||Weight in Kgs||USD||GBP||CHF||AUD|
|JVC - Victor Portables|
|Unit||Man||Price||Weight in Kgs|
|Unit||Price||Weight in Kgs|
|Unit||Price||Weight in Kgs|
I have received several enquiries for the Sony MDS-JA50ES. This top line model is very hard to come by, and not many retailers are discounting it. I can place an order with a supplier with quota at a cost to you of JPY179,000. In view of its weight (in the order of 18-20Kgs I think), shipping it is prohibitively expensive for most people. UPS charge for 20Kgs: JPY32,000 in Asia, JPY36,400 to North America, JPY53,400 to Europe and JPY66,800 to Central and South America.
I used to quote prices for other decks and car equipment etc. but have received few serious enquiries. If you are interested, Email to: email@example.com
|Blank Recordable Minidisks|
|Maker||Model||Size and type||Price|
10 Disks weigh 0.5Kg
|UPS to North America||2,600||5,000||8,000||24,400|
|UPS to Europe||2,800||5,000||8,800||35,400|
|UPS to Australasia||2,500||4,000||7,000||24,200|
Domestic models usually come with adequate if rudimentary English sections to the manuals (I have personally verified the ones marked "E" above). NB The JVC XM-R2 does not, despite the case being labelled in English. All models display English (Roman) letters, and all the recorders permit MDs to be labelled in Roman letters as well as Japanese. Adaptors and chargers may not work properly outside Japan which uses 100V electricity. Warranties are only valid in Japan, and foreign ones cannot be obtained.
Any domestic machine incorporating a tuner will not work properly outside Japan. The wave bands assigned to AM and FM in Japan are different from the bands used in most other countries.
International versions are made for very few models. If they are not listed above, they are not available on the street in Japan. When they are available, they have English manuals, warranties valid outside Japan, and have 100-240V adaptors and/or battery chargers. Choice of colours etc. is limited, and they are significantly more expensive. Most clients buy the domestic version and use adaptors bought at home.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for quotes in foreign currencies, or quotes for equipment (MD or otherwise) not shown above). If you are requesting a quote, please specify the complete make and model of the unit(s) you wish to buy, and whether you require the International version if available.
If you need more insurance, consider buying your own.