goo Ranking recently reported on a survey into regrets on buying items at a 100 yen shop.


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 19th of January and 2nd of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

100 Yen Shop

I’ve had many successes than regrets at the 100 yen shop, but sellotape is one of the worst choices; the tape is too tough to rip by hand, but the glue too weak. I really cannot think of anything else right now, especially as when I recently moved about half the new items of furnishings and fittings I bought were probably from various 100 yen shops. My best was a shower curtain I repurposed into two curtains for the bathroom windows, using 100 yen poles to hold the curtain, then I used the remaining curtain to cover a glass door leading on to the bathroom.

Ranking result

Q: What have you regretted buying at a 100 yen shop? (Sample size=500)

Rank Item Example regret Percentage
1 Ball pen Can’t write despite ink being left 20.2%
2 Sweets Cheaper at a supermarket 19.6%
3 Suction cup Soon falls off 11.4%
4 Bottled drinks Cheaper at drug store 10.8%
5 Socks Soon get holes, the elasic stretches 10.6%
6 Marker pen Soon fades 10.2%
7 Eraser Doesn’t erase well, breaks easily 9.0%
8 Glue Soon unsticks 8.4%
9 Dish washing liquid Doesn’t bubble up, doesn’t remove grease 7.8%
10 Sticking plaster (band-aid) Too weak glue 6.8%
11= Razor Goes blunt too fast 5.0%
11= Elastic band Soon breaks 5.0%
11= Coloured pencil Point breaks easily 5.0%
14 Wet wipes Not very wet 3.4%
15 Lighter Won’t light 2.8%
16= Screwdriver Head gets stripped 2.6%
16= Rubbish bag Too thin so tears easily 2.6%
18 Eye shadow Colour is too thick 2.0%

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