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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Japanese deals

After staying two days in Sapporo, it was time for me to go to Europe again. This time I was going to Sweden for vacation.

I stopped by a gift shop in the airport outside Sapporo and noticed that you could either buy a 6-pack of nice Sapporo candies for 460 yen, or you could buy a 12-pack for 930 yen. So I bought two 6-packs for a total of 920 yen...

In Japan, the most common system is that if you buy one item you pay X yen, and if you buy a 10-pack, you pay exactly ten times the cost of buying one item. Sometimes, but often enough that you see it at least a few times per year, it is more expensive to buy a 10-pack than buying 10 items one at a time... Who buys the 12-packs of the product above, for instance?

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