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Masks: The new lottery

Apr 24, 2020, 2:22 pm

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Japanese electronics maker holds a lottery for the commodity after buyers flood the e-commerce website

By Kate Northrop

TOKYO, Japan — A new sort of lottery is brewing in Japan. Electronics manufacturer Sharp Corp. has adopted a new method of selling its popular face masks — via a lottery.

Unsurprisingly, Japanese hospitals, stores and consumers alike have found it difficult to acquire masks due to shortages and increased demand during the Covid-19 crisis. Sharp originally only shipped masks to medical facilities but were unable to complete any online orders once they started offering them on a first-come first-served basis.

Sharp began accepting online orders for face masks Tuesday but was subsequently forced to suspend operation of the website when it attracted more buyers than it could handle. Sales for Sharp's other products and services, from TV displays to high-tech kitty litter boxes, were also affected since they rely on the same website masks were being sold on.

Spokesman Kentaroh Odaka issued an apology to customers who were inconvenienced by the crash.

As a solution, Sharp devised a lottery for 30,000 boxes of masks, with a limit of one box of 50 masks per person. Each box is worth 2,980 yen, or $28.

Here's how the first round of the new lottery system works: customers may place orders starting from midnight Sunday to 11:59 p.m. Monday. The following day, the electronics manufacturer will randomly select and notify the winners through email. The timing of a person's order has no bearing on the odds of winning. Sharp is also on the lookout for people who try to discreetly place multiple orders — these entries will be nullified if Sharp determines that the same person has tried to purchase multiple boxes.

Initially, Sharp had anticipated they would sell 3,000 boxes a day, with customers unable to place another order until three days after their most recent purchase.

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Posted: April 24, 2020, 3:00 pm - IP Logged

Why don't people make their own.

Even if don't have a sewing machine easy to make by hand.

I made plenty of them

If don't have elastic use rubber bands.

Plenty ways to make them on utube

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    Posted: April 24, 2020, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

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      September 29, 2016
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      Posted: April 25, 2020, 11:35 pm - IP Logged

      Why don't people make their own.

      Even if don't have a sewing machine easy to make by hand.

      I made plenty of them

      If don't have elastic use rubber bands.

      Plenty ways to make them on utube

      The Sharp mask in question (MA-1050) is one that protects the wearer, rather than protecting others from the wearer...

      https://cocorolife.jp.sharp/mask/ (Have to translate...)

      • Manufactured in a clean room at Taki Factory
        • Manufactured in a clean room at the Taki Plant in Mie Prefecture where LCD panels can be manufactured.  You can use it with confidence.
      • 99% reduction of virus droplets and particles  (*)
        • With a three-dimensional three-dimensional structure, it guards against biological viruses and particles that are even smaller than pollen. It is also effective in preventing the spread of splashes to other people in the event of a cold. We have confirmed results of 99% or more in VFE and PFE tests.
      • Uses "99% cut filter" to prevent PM2.5 and pollen intrusion  (*)
        • By using a high-density filter, it can be used as a measure against PM2.5 and pollen.
      • Firmly adopted nose fitter
        • A nose fitter that fits snugly to the line of your nose, reduces the gap between masks and reduces the cloudiness of your glasses.
      • Performance evaluation by filter collection efficiency test
        • Biological virus filtration efficiency 99%: VFE test
        • Bacterial filtration efficiency 99%: BFE test
        • Pollen 99% cut: Pollen particle collection test
        • Fine particle filtration efficiency 99%: PFE test