Where to get cheap digital cam and portable harddisk)? How much cheaper should I expect the items to be? Any big chain stores?
There are a big electrocity town called Akihabara, You can find a good Digital camera less than 120 US or even less depend on your demand. Hard drives you can see in the same area. BIG CAMERA or YODOBASHI CAMERA will have Dnglish speakers sales clerk would be able to help you out...
I agree with Michiyo san! Best place is in Akihabara at Yodobashi Camera directly near JR- and Tsukuba Express station.
PC Depot has a selection of cheap hard drives (called hard disks in Japan). For the best prices, i would check the site which lists various products in their pricing. However, you should know the model number in order to get the pricing. Many of them are mail order stores. Amazon.jp also has video cameras and hard drives at reasonable prices. On the average, BIC Camera, Yodobashi Camera, and Yamada Denki are more or less priced the same. Their point system makes purchases cheaper. If you are willing to do some footwork, you can check out Akihabara but the smaller shops tend to have poor customer server which the make up for with cheaper prices. You may also want to check out Don Quixote, a discount chain that has locations in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, etc., that has certain items at low prices.