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Yahoo Auction ShenanigansYahoo Auction Shenanigans

SparxxorsSparxxors8 months agoDiary
I was looking to get a light novel bonus tapestry off of yahoo auctions because it was cheaper than via surugaya. There are various sellers selling too high, and two sellers who seem to have a bunch of them (for all of the LN volumes as well) and are selling them at a more reasonable price. One seller is using auction-style listings and the other was selling it slightly higher but at a fixed-price listing.

Well, I missed out on the auctions, but the fixed-price lister made new listings for the LN tapestries all in auction format. Starting bid was about 2500 yen, so I set my max at 3000. I wasn't surprised to lose, but I found out something really interesting. All of the LN tapestries that the person was selling were won by the same person.

ALL of the prices were 5000 yen

10/27/2017 10:57:04 AM v*6*4*** 5000
10/27/2017 10:30:06 PM B*6*W*** 5000

10/27/2017 10:57:59 AM v*6*4*** 5000
10/27/2017 10:30:22 PM B*6*W*** 5000

10/27/2017 10:57:42 AM v*6*4*** 5000
10/27/2017 10:30:44 PM B*6*W*** 5000

(two more but you get the idea)

Now, I can't see the feedback number for the B*6 guy since he didn't win, but each auction has this:

落札者 : v*6*4*** 評価:1

If google translate hasn't failed me, it's the winning bidder, who has only has 1 feedback. Pretty much...it sounds like it's an account just made to increase the price of items. I have no idea if they're related to the seller, but both of these guys bid on all 5 of the tapestries that the seller was offering from this series. The seller was also offering a buy-it-now price of 18k yen for 6 LN tapestries so there's no reason to buy them all separately, even if they didn't want the extra one........

?????????????????????????

The seller seemed legit since he offered a 3k buy-it-now price previously, so I have no idea what's going on.

I guess I'm just waiting for both sellers to relist or I'll look to bid 3400 yen from a different seller.. but seriously.
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Kousei ☆ ★ ☆
That's some dedicated up-bidding.

There was one time where I was bidding on an item, and after it had gotten pretty high, I didn't bother outbidding the person who was outbidding me. Then, the other bidder apparently didn't want to pay their final bid, and the seller wanted to know if I'd take the item for their final bid. I said no, 'cause it seemed like the other bidder was just raising the price with no intention of paying. The seller relisted it and I got it for a third of the price it was before.
8 months ago
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2pt
Yup. Looks like shenanigans indeed. I haven't seen that kind of thing exactly. Have come across accounts who bid on certain types or varieties of items offered by a seller but not others.
8 months ago
2pt
My experiences have been good with the Yahoo auctions. Just today I received my Megahouse Clare (Claymore) unopened which I only paid 7800 yen pre-shipping for. However, it never hurts to be careful.
8 months ago
2pt
I've come across up-bidders twice on Y!J and I rarely ever bid there. They then canceled the bid after they won, and the seller decided I was the winner. I was scammed pretty hard the first time. Didn't increase my bid the second time around (months later, unrelated item.)

Be careful out there.
8 months ago
2pt
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monkry (8 months ago) #27763325Whoa, thank you very much for sharing this! Really nice info. I only knew you can get a bootleg from YAJ, but not about this one. I gotta be more careful >_<

Yeah Bootleg just happened to me when I was hunting the Xmas present for my brother... Saw too late that the seller changed the auction title.... Don't understand why even Japan now sells Bootlegs...


I really hope I wont get the same trouble with bidders.. it's already hard enough to get Goods for resonable price, especially event or Preorder ones X_x
8 months ago
2pt
Whoa, thank you very much for sharing this! Really nice info. I only knew you can get a bootleg from YAJ, but not about this one. I gotta be more careful >_<
8 months ago
1pt
I agree with this! Now I feel pretty dumb because I've engaged in a few bid wars before and now I'm wondering if it was just the seller increasing the bid amount aha....orochimaruxsaber (8 months ago) #27751234if that's true, that is pretty underhanded! never knew that kind of stuff happened on y!auctions
8 months ago
7pt
I believe they do happen (fake bids to increase the price) as I've seen a couple of suspicious re-listing. Doesn't bother me that much, since I always follow my max bid price and doesn't engage on a bid war. If the seller doesn't want to let go of the item at a low bid price, and is doing fake bids, nothing much can be done about that. And also not worth my time to think about it. Just look for another listing and move on.
8 months ago
2pt
Lilie (8 months ago) #27749025If those tapestries are relisted tomorrow(or immediately) then it's most likely the seller bidding on his/her own listings.

I wouldn't think so because this seller has been selling the tapestries for a couple of weeks now, so he probably hasn't run out of stock (I'm hoping). still sad but eh
8 months ago
3pt
if that's true, that is pretty underhanded! never knew that kind of stuff happened on y!auctions
8 months ago
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