This has been way overdue for me… I really need to setup my Yahoo Auctions Japan account to start bidding in Japan…
Can anyone help provide a small walkthrough on bidding within YJA whilst living throughout the world?
Do you need a Japanese address or phone number?
Do you need a Japanese Bank account?
What are the payment methods?
How to avoid heavy outside bidding service charges?
Can you bid after an auction has ended?
I myself can organise a shipping address in Japan, and have friends there who will bid for me, but I don’t want to hassle them all the time. I want to be able to set bids, and pay via international bank transfers or paypal, and then ship to my Japanese friends house, whom will forward the packages to me. Is this possible?
The fees in a lot of the outside bidding services seem quite pricy, 8%+ or 14%+ on the final sale values…
No. You need a Japanese bank account in order to bid on Y!J.
The most convenient way, aside from actually knowing someone like @japanime who can bid for you, is to get a middleman service.
A lot of people use noppin, from japan, treasure japan…
The list goes on and on for middlemen.
In all seriousness though, I personally use Buyee since it’s the one that shows up whenever I go to check out Y!J. They’re pretty ok I guess, but they sometimes take a while to sort things out with the sellers. I’ll check out some of the other ones.
@japanime is also a great option. He is a member here on UPCCC who lives in Japan. He charges 20% commission which often works out cheaper than other services. Plus you can’t be the customer service. I highly recommend giving him an email.
EDIT: Since you mentioned @japanime I think you already know about his services.
I agree with the warning by @pokemontrader regarding internal bidding wars. Why go with a middleman who will willingly pit customers against one another? It makes no sense — except to the middleman, who profits by driving the final bid as high as possible.
That’s why with my service, the first person to ask me to bid is the ONLY person for whom I will bid. You have a much better shot at getting a lower winning bid when using my service than using any of the others. (For example, this past month, I was able to secure a sweet and complete Masaki set for a client at a fraction of what it would have cost if I had accepted bids from several bidders. I easily could have doubled my profit if I had accepted a second bidder’s offer, but I didn’t.)
Plus, my fees are defiintely among the lowest, particularly for those who are looking at doing a lot of BINs from the same sellers.
I want to thank @soulwind for the very nice endorsement, too!
One clarification, though: My commission is actually only 15 percent on items that cost 3,001 yen or more. (It’s 20 percent on items that cost 3,000 yen or less.)
If anyone who hasn’t used my service wants to know more, feel free to DM me. Let me help you get the Yahoo Japan Auction goodies you deserve
You need to email them if you want to use your deposit to pay for your item. It has to do with the PayPal foreign exchange rate to be used on the day you pay for your item. They have to calculate the rates manually.