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Melons fall short at only Y1 million for two

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so cheap? Japan is no longer rich country.

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People have found that there really is nothing special about Japanese fruit.

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Should that caption read "sliced", or am I entering an unfamiliar realm of expensive fruit jargon?

"a presentation pack", "an ornate box" Are these primarily for summer gift giving? Why buy such expensive fruit unless you want to impress your associates? If it's just for your own consumption, most fruit can be found at local supermarkets at prices comparable to the U.S.

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The Bubble Era days of people willingly paying exorbitant prices are long gone. The Average Taro has pretty much come to his senses. Those melons are still seriously overpriced though, along with many other things.

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Well, I just arrived back at the house from a Shopping spree at the local Food Market and, I guess, I was lucky...I bought a Melon, whoops, I should say an ORGANIC MELON for $2.75.. You know where they can stick those so called Japanese Melons. Is there something wrong with a lot of the Prices for many things sold in Japan. Now, a side track from the cost of a Melon in Japan, is an event that took place here in Vancouver a couple of years ago. My wifes cousin was visiting from Japan and she went to Holt Refrew ( a swanky upper crust store for the rich and famous) and told us she just bought a Ladies Purse for $25,000. We looked at each other and said quietly no way, no Ladies Purse could cost that much. So the next day we said to each other let us go and see if such a thing is possible. We visited the store and asked if Purses sold for that much.. to our amazement we where buzzed into a special room and where shown probably 200 such items. But, I can guarantee when she takes that purse out NO ONE would know if it cost $25.00 or $25,000. Now getting back to the Melon topic, I would guarantee if our $2.75 melon was cut up and placed on a plate with the priceless melon NO ONE could tell the difference.

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I wouldn't even pay 1,000 yen for a melon. The supermarkets are still selling Japanese mangoes for well over 2000 yen, while all sorts of foreign ones go for 200 yen or less. You know which ones I'm buying?

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Should that caption read "sliced", or am I entering an unfamiliar realm of expensive fruit jargon?

Considering that the letter C on the keyboard is next to V, I dare say that it should read "sliced".....

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LOL It's not because of the economy. It's because people are finally coming to their senses of the stupidity of price trends in Japan.

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Recession? What recession?

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I'm curious to know if the unknown buyer was actually Japanese or not.

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"Now getting back to the Melon topic, I would guarantee if our $2.75 melon was cut up and placed on a plate with the priceless melon NO ONE could tell the difference."

I think you're confusing the idea that no melon could be worth half a million yen, which most people would agree on, with the idea that all melons taste about the same.

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lol "only" 1 million yen? yes, in the U.S. they are called cantaloupes and they are about 2 or 3 dollars and probably on par if not better-tasting than Japanese 1 million yen melon. Just another example of the Japanese "uniqueness" that is a complete falsehood and in the case of melons, a f-ing scam.

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"Japanese shoppers are used to paying high prices for their fruit"

Those are only the dumb rich shoppers.

Y1 million for two melons"

Something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

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When I tell folks back home about these expensive fruits in the local supermarket, they don't believe it possible. I really do have to take photos and upload them.

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When I tell folks back home about these expensive fruits in the local supermarket, they don't believe it possible. I really do have to take photos and upload them.

Just take a screenshot of this article and show them. (JT deletes them after a few months, so keeping the link wouldn't work after July or so).

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