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Japanese Model Railroading - Basic guide for beginners

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Onizukachan

Sheffield, amazon jp is a separate account, so sign up again. For Convenience sakes I used the same email and password as for US Amazon. 

No reason to get JP prime as it gives no real benefit for the $40 annual to non Japan located users. 

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cteno4

Sadly the variety of Japanese trains means manufacturers can’t keep everything in production and stock. Mainly you have to watch what comes out and get stuff while it’s available. Some stick around for a while, so it can fool you.

 

its sucks when you see an model out of stock everywhere and want it. There is yahoo.jp auctions that have most everything out there but requires you use a bidding agent outside japan so adds like 25-30% onto the price. Popondetta is another option is they have some used stock from their stores on their site and they sell internationally, but site is all in Japanese so you have use a translator to work thru the site.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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serotta1972

Amazon JP has been my source for Tomix TN Couplers and shipping is both cheap and fast.  I notice the Ami Ami is an Amazon JP seller so might as well go directly to their site.  I've bought a few trains but more often than not, they won't ship to the US so it's a little disappointing finding a good deal but only shipping within Japan.

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Chuo
13 hours ago, cteno4 said:

Sadly the variety of Japanese trains means manufacturers can’t keep everything in production and stock.

 

And here I was thinking they were just trying to mess with me. 😂 

 

Another thing to keep in mind as a beginner is that there are usually various releases of the same item. I think it helps to understand the product numbers and release information when shopping for a loco. Sometimes picking an older release could cost less, sometimes the latest model could cost less but always good to explore options. Also this comes into play some with DCC and conversion guides you find online.

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bill937ca

Since 2007, my experience has been that most issues go out of stock within 6-12 months of release--if not sooner. Many times you have to pre-reserve to be sure of getting a high demand item.  Part of this is the distribution system in Japan.  Warehousing is rare because of high land costs and lack of available space.  New issues tend to be reservations plus dealer stock and when that is gone you wait for the next run.

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railsquid

This is nothing do to with the cost of land (which outside urban areas is not all that expensive), I'm sure if Kato or Tomix wanted to build a massive warehouse to store stock they could do so quite cheaply in northern Saitama or Gunma or Ibaraki or somewhere.

 

The reason companies don't produce enough stock so supply is available for years at a time is partly they only have so much production capacity and so many different types of train to produce (hence batch production), partly because no sane company is going to want to hold vast amounts of stock sitting on their books which will not turned into revenue while incurring storage costs (and bearing risks such as unexpected future market changes, losses through natural disaster etc.). The British market seems to work in much the same way.

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cteno4

Also isn’t dealing with inventory a pain in japan with taxes and paperwork? I seem to remember it was rather involved. In the old days here in the states dealing with inventory paperwork was a nightmare, it’s been simplified a lot. I made a good chunk of change every year as my best friend’s family owned an auto garage and Mark and I use to have to inventory all the spare parts once a year! This was pre pc and barcodes so even more of a poa!

 

i agree the huge variety of Japanese model trains would be impossible to keep inventories of all or new production done as soon as inventory is gone. I doubt they could recoup a fraction of the investment needed to do this as they already probably max out the train spending budgets. For this to work they would need to sell a whole lot more trains total with a wider in stock inventory.

 

also in general inventory usually depreciates, the longer it sits the more that can go bad/wrong and the rule of thumb, the less likely to sell. It costs to just store it as well.

 

Jeff

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chadbag
On 8/10/2019 at 8:29 PM, Onizukachan said:

Sheffield, amazon jp is a separate account, so sign up again. For Convenience sakes I used the same email and password as for US Amazon. 

No reason to get JP prime as it gives no real benefit for the $40 annual to non Japan located users. 

 

While Amazon JP is a separate account, when I first did mine I was able to login using the US account info and it created a new account based on the US one IIRC.  Also, the same thing happened when I went to Amazon Germany 

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