Thursday, 8 July 2010

A Different Pill

Not long ago I tried graphics tablets in Bic Camera, and although I don't consider myself an artist per se, I had thought in the past to get a graphics tablet.

Yahoo Auctions had a few Wacom tablets, and even some screens that you can draw directly on, that would definitely be cool to have. On train beers night I even placed a bid on one that I thought wasn't too badly priced.

Seems like they're quite in demand and the price rose quickly towards the end of the auction so no surprises, I lucked out. That night I found a secondhand A4 Wacom tablet online for 12,800 yen which was about as much as the bottom-of-the-line, small size one goes for new, so I made it my mission to go there first thing, assuming I wouldn't drink too much the previous night.

If you're hunting for used computer gear, Sofmap and Janpara are places in Akihabara that are definitely worth checking out.

In this case, Janpara were the guys that had what I was looking for, so I arrived there not too long after they opened shop and after a bit of interesting communication, I managed to find it in quite good condition, still in the box, only missing the mouse. I managed to knock off 800 yen, so I think I got a good deal.

Tablets take a bit of getting used to. My first efforts were pretty lame, but after a bit of practice I'm getting better at it, I think. I bought it for a bit of fun, and to help with editing photos and for that, I think it will serve it's purpose well.