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1. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 10y

Normally I wouldn`t do this but I just found this place so fraudulent in it`s advertising that I feel compelled to warn others. The Blue Parrot bookstore in Tokyo advertises about buying and selling english language books and highlights guidebooks especially saying they`ll pay up to 50% of cover. When you call they say they want your books and to bring them in. I went in with three current edition Japan guides in very good shape looking to just trade them in (hoping to get a LP Korea or something simillar). They offered me $3 us for the three and wouldn`t even consider a 3 for one swap (even if I threw in a novel and some cash). To make matters worse when i checked their shelves they don:t have any guides more recent than 2002 and they start at about $30 for anything about Japan and go up as high as $40 something on some other countries guides.

Considering that metro fare to get there is worth much more than what they`ll offer for your books I`d suggest visitors to Tokyo look elsewhere for places to buy and trade in books.

just my two cents, or three yen as the case may be.

2. Posted by danahawkins (Inactive 128 posts) 10y

Damn... sounds dodgy. I read that ad and I was going to check it out. Cheers for the advice. I just can't seem to part with my guidebooks... Kinokuniya in Shinjuku has a pretty good selection for new ones... but they'll cost you a pretty penny.

3. Posted by agc_cwm (Respected Member 45 posts) 10y

I've lived in Osaka for a few months and I've bought a few books from amazon.co.jp . They offer free shipping over 3000 yen and my books arrived two days later. They may have a good selection of guide books for cheaper than other book stores.