Not sure about the panda biscuits but the “ramune” I’d certainly think so. Only Japan would label lemonade like that for historical/cultural reasons. Anyone else just says lemonade
They're definitely Japanese (I've had the panda things before from the specialist shop who buy stuff in Japan and bring them back), what I'm saying is they aren't the versions actually sold in Japan. The labels are mainly in English.Not sure about the panda biscuits but the “ramune” I’d certainly think so. Only Japan would label lemonade like that for historical/cultural reasons. Anyone else just says lemonade
Have to pay customs again. The tracking said it arrived in the Post Office Enquiries Office at 10 and my post arrived about 50 minutes later, but no grey slip. Even though it's around the corner I guess the postie must have left earlier than 10 and delivered in the wrong direction firstShipped. Cost an extra ¥800.
when i started to buy online i learnt very quickly to avoid books, they'd always come yellowed up or smell really moldy despite the condition guides saying they were perfectly fineOver the last month, I’ve spent a total of around £20 on purchasing four books from two sellers on AbeBooks and Amazon Marketplace in an attempt to obtain a set of three OOP books in reasonably good condition.
Two of these books, from seller “WorldofBooks” were described as being in “very good” condition, and had descriptions that went on to clarify that meant the spines were not broken. The spines on both those books were two of the most bent and ruined spines I’ve ever had the misfortune to see on paperback books.
Another two, from seller “ThriftBooks” were described as being in “like new” condition. They somehow managed to be worse than the previous books. The covers actually had folds in them, and the edges were so bashed and worn away they looked like they’d been through a tumble dryer.
Around 10-15 years ago, I used to love hunting down second hand books online. Maybe one in ten I’d buy would be in some way disappointing, or required me to seek a refund. I asked for refunds on every one of these books, immediately received them in full and was basically told to give them to charity or throw them out. No attempt at explanation for the appallingly inaccurate and misleading descriptions was forthcoming even though I specifically mentioned it, along with how unlikely that made it that I would ever order from them again.
This does not give me a lot of hope for buying from these platforms any more. I wish they required pictures of the actual goods for sale, since this attitude leads me to believe sellers are now just blatantly lying about the condition of their goods to make buyers more likely to choose their listings, hoping their prices are low enough few people will bother to complain. Well I can and will be bothered and now have four free doorstops for my trouble.
I am tempted, in fact, to buy every single copy of one of the books for sale, noting the stated condition and the seller, then photographing the actual condition of the books when they arrive and publicising the results. I get the distinct feeling I’d receive better “acceptable” quality books from some sellers than “like new” ones from others.
Rant over, for now. It’s just really, really annoyed me that something I used to find joy in is now seemingly bringing me nothing but frustration and disappointment.