The same randoseru (school bag) is normally used throughout your child’s 6 years of elementary school. Parents often wonder which one to choose and where to buy one. It can be purchased at a physical store or ordered online. Below are more details on how to buy a randoseru in Japan.
Randoseru can be Purchased at a Physical Store or an Online Store
There are two general ways to shop randosedru, at physical stores or online stores, and each provides you with some options of where to purchase.
◯ Physical Stores
There are some advantages of purchasing randoseru at a physical store. It allows you to see and feel the actual one and have your child try it on. You can also ask questions to the store clerk which may help you feel more comfortable about your decision. The disadvantages of purchasing it at a physical store are that the number of products is limited and that the price may be slightly more expensive. Children’s requests tend to be fulfilled more than the parents’ opinion in this case.
・Manufacturer’s Retail Store
Randoseru can be purchased at retail stores directly run by a manufacturer. This is recommended if you have a specific brand in mind. You can take detailed advice from specialists and your child can try on some different options.
・Department Stores and Mass Retailers
Department stores have some randoseru with limited-edition designs or brands available. Mass retailers also have some products with limited-edition designs. Products of various brands are available at both types of stores and your child can try some on. Please note that the randoseru section may only be open for a limited time.
Randoseru may also be available at some other stores such as luggage stores, furniture stores, and home improvement stores.
The internet offers various options for shopping, such as manufacturers’ official online stores, Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo!, and other major online stores. These options allow you to easily compare different products and search within your preferred price range. Being able to order the newest design immediately is one of the advantages of shopping online. In addition, the old designs from the previous year and products on sale can be purchased at comparatively reasonable prices. On the other hand, the usability and size cannot be checked until the actual product is delivered.
・Manufacturers’ Official Online Stores
Details of the products can be confirmed by shopping at the manufacturers’ official online stores. Online store exclusive discounts and/or outlet products may be available. Above all, using the manufacturers’ official online stores secures you against purchasing a fake product.
・Major Online Stores
Using major online stores such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! gives you the opportunity to compare between various products. It is recommended especially when you wish to set your own budget. It is often the case that repair services and problem handling are not provided through major online stores. Make sure to confirm that the store’s conditions suit your expectations before placing an order.
When to Purchase Randoseru
The manufacturers release new designs starting in January of the year prior to entering school and they can be checked out at manufacturers’ retail stores or official online stores. Pre-ordering reaches its peak around the Golden Week Holidays in May and popular ones start going out of stock. Discount offers start around December. Randoseru can be purchased any time before the entrance ceremony unless you are particular about the design.
Shopping at Second-Hand Stores to Keep the Cost Down
Check out the second-hand stores if you are not particular about the design and wish to keep the cost down. Randoseru may be available at a very low price. Check the condition well before purchasing as it could have been used for a full six years.