Wait, what? you can't send batteries from Japan?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Schlupi, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Schlupi

    Schlupi Gbatemp's Official Earthbound Maniac™

    Aug 31, 2007
    United States
    Rozen Queen Co, Chicago Branch
    So I read up while I was considering pre-ordering a 3DS from Japan... and found out that they banned the export of batteries in or with electronic devices as of 2009 some time.

    I had no clue. It seems like such a ridiculous law... and it makes me NOT want to get any system from Japan anymore, unless I want to buy a battery seperately... or pay 4 times more for UPS shipping.

    This is crazy.
  2. Scott-105

    Scott-105 Bow to me. Please?

    Aug 23, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    That's a pretty weird law...

    If I were you, I'd just wait for it to come out over here.
  3. Schlupi

    Schlupi Gbatemp's Official Earthbound Maniac™

    Aug 31, 2007
    United States
    Rozen Queen Co, Chicago Branch
    Yeah. that is what I am going to do.

    At this point my chance of getting a 3DS in the Tempmas compo is shot... I can't figure out the last few clues. =(

    Better start saving up.

    I wonder if this means Play-Asia.com still sends batteries with their systems, though? they are in Japan, right? or rare they China?
  4. tijntje_7

    tijntje_7 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 26, 2008
    Under your bed
    ^ No, Schlupi. Don't give up. (or actually, please DO give up >:D)
    You'll figure it out after a while...
    It all makes sense in the end [​IMG]
  5. CarbonX13

    CarbonX13 GBAtemp 台灣人

    Aug 27, 2010
    Vancouver, B.C.
    You could always try to purchase it from another Asian country that'll import the 3DS for official sale. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore are good options if you know where to look, and they'll sell you the real thing in original packaging and such, without worries of no batteries. Or just wait for the North American release, which should only be few weeks after the Japanese launch.

    Where did you read about this law? I don't recall seeing anything about it... Taiwan imports a lot of electronics from Japan, and all of them come with the original Japanese batteries, so at least I don't see the effects of this 'law' in the products within a Taiwanese electronics store.
  6. Law

    Law rip ninjacat that zarcon made me

    Aug 14, 2007
    Probably around the time they realised the electronic device could be rigged to make the battery explode (or the battery could be powering something else in the casing), or due to the TERRORISM scare.

    And to the above: Maybe the law only effects normal people sending mail, and not businesses. In that case though it'd be fine to import a 3DS from a retailer and have it arrive with a bettery.
  7. Schizoanalysis

    Schizoanalysis From somewhere inside the rabbit hole...

    Jun 23, 2009

    They are in Hong Kong. I guess they should be fine.
  8. Arithmatics

    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

    Jan 29, 2009
    Why would you preorder a 3DS from japan anyways?

    High chance you'd get the box and a letter inside saying
    Warning: Spoilers inside!