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Akihabara News is reporting some shocking news about the plentiful second-hand market in Japan. Basically it goes like this: if you bought an electronic device before 2001 will be prohibited from being resold through a second-hand market as of April 1, 2006.

This could damage the retail-heavy Akihabara district that thrives on the sale of electronic goods of all types, including second hand. If this law does see the day of light in April, I wonder what kind of restrictions and enforcements will be placed on the resell of goods via eBay and other online outlets.


2nd hand electronics sales will soon be illegal in Japan [Akihabara News]