Which shop are you buying a guitar from? The Japanese sales tax only applies to domestic sales and not exports. I'd check with the shop you're buying your guitar from because you shouldn't be charged taxes on an export.
It's Ikebe. They are charging me tax on the guitar, if I buy it. Communcation is troubled :/
There should be a web page about Japanese tax (in Japanese) that I ask them to visit that explains how to sell to foreigners and not charge tax, et c. Problem is that I can't really search and find it 'cause I don't speak Japanese well enough. Anyone here have a clue?
Japanese tax percent is not huge, but we're talking about a guitar, so tax amount is over $100. If someone here can save me from paying that, well, I'd be really grateful to that person.
I thought Ikebe-Gakki didn't sell internationally.
It's great news if they do because they seem to have the best selection of Ibanez guitars i've seen, especially J-Customs and exclusive special models.
When I got the total from my previous purchase at Ishibashi, it had a total but did not have a breakdown (like a normal invoice would), but I'm pretty sure they did not charge tax. I did ask my contact at Ishibashi, but got the usual I-misinterpreted-your-email irrelevant response.