The market for used masks continues to grow in Japan

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Japanese portal News Post Seven published an article stating that sales of used masks continue to grow within virtual Internet markets in Japan, and that even underage school girls are participating in this practice.

«Two years before the COVID-19 pandemic, masks were trading at a high price due to low stocks. Now that prices have come down, masks are being bought and sold online at high prices for “other reasons.” There has been a huge increase in cases where young women are looking for potential buyers of “used masks” on social media and exchanging it for about 500 yen each (about $ 4).».

«“Person A,” said a 17-year-old high school student in a city high school:When I was struggling to get money because my school was barred from part – time work, a friend in my class told me, ‘Do you know that you can sell that mask?’ They invited me to join them. In fact, when I posted a photo of the mask I was wearing that day on Twitter with the hashtag ‘#MasksForSale (# マ ス ク 売 り ま す)’, I received an immediate response asking ‘How much does one cost?’ Some also claim that my makeup will be thick enough to leave a mark. I do not tell my parents, and I earn about 10,000 yen a month (about 77 dollars)».

«Basically, they use flea market apps like Mercari for their transactions. “Person A” said: “Instead of selling the masks directly on the website (listed with name and photo), they confirm to the buyer on social media “that they are going to sell the mask now”, and then they list the mask with a fake photo of the product, like a bandana, and deliver anonymously. I am not going to post a picture of my face, but if you ask, I will send you a picture with the mask in my hand.».

«Some women sell used masks for their own children. In fact, “Person B” (34 years old), a stay-at-home mom with a full-time job selling her school-aged daughter’s used masks, said:It carries ‘#JS’, a cryptic hashtag that suggests schoolgirls, and only buys those who understand the meaning. As a 30-year-old housewife, my masks are barely sold, but my daughter is in high demand. I have not said it to my daughter, but my husband allowed me to do so».

«Minors are punishable by the sale and purchase of used underwear and other items by minors according to the youth development ornaments of each predecessor, but the masks are not yet observed in those regulations. Early action required».

Source: News Post Seven | Japan

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