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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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Japanese "special deals"

I was looking for a Frixion pen to use as a marker pen (I have Frixion pens to use as normal ballpoint pens) today. Our university coop sells them. You can either buy one pen for 86 yen, or a pack of three for 259 yen. Buying three pens separately costs you 258 yen...

This type of "deal" is not uncommon in Japan. In this case, it happens to be because of the sales tax. The price without tax is 80 for one or 240 for three, but with tax this becomes 86 and 259.

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