If you are a keen traveler and have ever found yourself in Tokyo, then you can not have failed to notice that you were in the center of electronic heaven. The Akihabara area is most definitely the area to head for if you are in Tokyo electronics shopping. This is a Mecca for all things electronic including games consoles, cameras, hi fi equipment etc. Sometimes it is possible to get yourself a real bargain.
A bargain, however, is only a bargain if it is what you wanted to buy and it serves the purpose that you bought it for. I say this because great care must be taken with Tokyo electronics. Very often you will purchase an item only to find that it is incompatible with either your current system or hardware. For example, in the Akihabara area of the city, it is possible to get some wonderfully cheap PlayStation games. These are genuine and authentic and not in anyway illegal or underhand. The only problem with them is that they are made for Japanese Playstations and will very often not play on any other systems. This is just one of the pitfalls to be aware of when you are buying goods abroad, particularly electronic goods.
Tokyo electronics are often a little different to the range of products that you will find in the rest of the world. The market has rocketed in Japan and you will notice a lot of gimmicks and some items that you may not recognize. As Japan produces such a huge amount of electrical equipment, many companies will test the products at home prior to establishing an export market. For this reason you will probably come cross a lot of prototypes and new products. This can be very exciting for the electronics enthusiast. Once again though, tread carefully and make sure that all products are compatible with any necessary equipment that you may have at home.
Another word of warning is the instruction leaflet. If you are purchasing goods that are only available on the Japanese market you may be left a little confused by the instructions. Should this be the case, ensure that you have a sound knowledge of the item and how to use it or install it before you leave the shop. The chances are that the staff will be able to speak to you in English to explain all that you need to know. Tokyo electronics stores are often staffed by people who know the products well and there will usually be an English speaker nearby.
If you are interested in Tokyo electronics then you will soon understand why Akihabara is such a popular area. It is a whole electronics based town. There are some great websites for the area that will give you information regarding the stores that are located there and maps showing the stores and the best places to stay. There are English websites so you do not have to worry about translating the Japanese.