Gaijin Punch wrote:Are they still around? I remember they were the first "business" that noticeably got into the Yahoo -> Ebay arb. I was kind of getting out of it, and was relatively small potatoes by comparison. They had more dough, time, and space, so just bid up all of it. Surprised the Japanese nerds didn't lynch them.
Sellers come and go but only they seem to stay (most of the sellers in this thread seems defunct). I wonder what their "humble" beginnings were like back in 2001 (I assume that's when they started). I didn't get my PayPal account until 2003 or 2004 so I was a bit late to the party. In this new eBay era of Buy-It-Nows, they seem to have completely cornered the auction market.
Gaijin Punch wrote:
I should have written a book about all the YJ drama over the years.
The official account back in the day was "Y*m*toku Office". Best one I remember was when someone got fed up and I think was going to outbid them on everything. The account was named "Yametoku Offense".
Just did a search on that username and read some of your posts from 2014 on a different forum.
Well, that explains one of my suspicions. A month or two ago, I was bidding on or considering bidding on a few "Square Millennium Collection" sets (if you don't know, they are basically Limited Edition versions of certain Square PS1 games), that were on Yahoo! Japan Auctions. Shortly after (one or two weeks?), I see some SMC sets being sold on the Y*m*toku account. I check Y*m*toku daily
so I know that SMC sets are one of their less common items to sell. These combination of games made me think "wait a minute... I could've sworn I saw these elsewhere..." (i.e. on Yahoo! Japan Auctions). After analysing the photos on both Y!J and eBay, I don't have any enough proof to say they are the exact same items but it does seem a bit of a coincidence. SMC sets aren't super rare but they're uncommon enough for me to notice the Y!J to eBay timing.
Does anyone know if this "Y*m*toku Office" or some other account is still being used? I come across familiar-sounding bidders on Y!J from time to time so I wouldn't be surprised if I outbid/got outbid by them before. Of course, like eBay, every username is almost completely anonymised so it wouldn't be "Y*m*toku Office" anymore.
Anyway, you seem to have a lot of stories dormant inside of ya. Feel free to share some of the chapter titles from this hypothetical book.