Convenience stories in Asia are known all over the world for actually living up to their name. Whether you need an emergency swimsuit, want to grab pretty much any drink ever made, or just have a hankering for some "Evangelion" donuts, a nearby "conbini" will suit your needs.
But sometimes there are items available in "conbini" that don’t seem to make any sense… and yet people still buy them. Japanese netizens shared their most confusing yet surprisingly useful convenience store finds online, and we have them here for you. Would you ever admit to buying some of these?
The first item on Japanese netizens’ list of weird-yet-useful "conbini" things: DVDs.
Need something to keep the kids busy? See a DVD that brings back childhood memories that you suddenly can’t live without? Very few people regularly buy DVDs from convenience stores, but when you want one in a pinch, you’ll be thankful for whatever they have available.
Next on the list of bizarrely convenient things: neckties.
All right, I have to come clean on this one: I own a 99-yen convenience store tie. I needed one last-minute, bought it at a nearby conbini, and 10 years later it’s still the best tie I’ve ever had. So while buying your next tie at a convenience store may seem strange, I can assure you it will be one of the best purchases you ever make.
Speaking of funeral stuff, the next thing you think is crazy but is actually really helpful: grave decorations.
In Japan, visiting the gravesites of your family and offering them candles and incense is an extremely common practice. Still, at first glance it may seem strange to have the candles and incense sold at convenience stores—shouldn’t you go to a specialty shop and get something nice instead? Maybe, but you’ll settle for anything in an emergency.
The next item on the list of things you’d never think of buying from a conbini but totally would: flowers.
Flowers. Those are the things you buy at a flower shop, or a home goods center, or maybe a supermarket or something, right? You don’t usually buy them in the same place you get cigarettes or soda or a cheap lunch bento heated up, right?
Well, wrong, apparently!
The last item on the list of things you’d never expect to buy in a "conbini:" large paper bags.
Why would you need to buy a bag in a convenience store? I mean, they give you a bag to put your purchase in! …right?
Have you ever spotted something in a convenience store that made you wonder who would ever buy it? More to the point, have you ever bought one yourself?
Source: Naver Matome
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