Gaijin Punch wrote:Adol. They had different names on YJ. I forgot how I figured out the former, but I think he said something in his YJ profile. The other I knew through infamy. The whole "seller does not ship internationally" craze was basically fueled by Adol. His (their) profile literally said, "shipping internationally is easy". They basically ignored the fuck out of it and bid on every rare PC-Engine, Saturn, and FC game around. It didn't help that they listed everything at a huge premium on Ebay. Their feedback had a lot of ticks, but it was roughly 50%. Wish I remembered the account. I'm sure it's deleted by now. That story comes up ever few years I think. It sucked b/c they made the handful of foreigners on YJ (and there were very few of us) look bad.
Ahh Adol of France, of "Sealed Full Set Collection" fame. He's that influential was he? Subjective arguments on what makes a collection good/not-good aside, I really have to stress the ridiculous price differential between a sealed game and a mint one (which for all intents and purposes, are the same thing). In some cases, sealed games can be inferior to mint ones (e.g. discs that dislodge themselves and end up rattling and bouncing everywhere and there's not a thing you can do about it if you want it to remain sealed).
Anyway, my memory is kind of fuzzy so don't quote me on this, but I seem to recall him mentioning (on a certain retrogaming forum) that he "force-bids" on Y!J auctions (i.e. without asking for permission first) and deals with the fallouts (e.g. negative feedback) later. If the seller is like "sigh, fine, I'll ship to France", then he sends cold hard cash. Again, I might be mistaken, maybe someone else said this, not him, so apologies if I'm wrong.
Gaijin Punch wrote:rgb_bubblebath
It's not active anymore (and hasn't been for a long time). Given up Y!J for good?
Gaijin Punch wrote:http://natto.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/yahoo/1018603005/
「謎な日本語」? Never seen that before. Usually it's 変な日本語.
I've occasionally seen these in the Question/Answer section of the auction listing - people asking the seller if they could ship overseas in English and/or broken Japanese. Language is a pretty big barrier so Japanese sellers will refuse to deal without a second thought. Can't blame that logic honestly. As for foreigners who make semi-comprehendable requests in Japanese? Then there's a small chance that sellers may consider that request (using the "people in general are good"/"good faith" rationale). They might even find the attempt at communicating in Japanese cute/"charming". Don't bid without asking first though.
In that thread, foreigners that they have dealt with (either positive or negative) include Koreans, Taiwanese, Hong Kongers (who are apparently annoying), Belgians (a virus came from one!?), French, Germans, Americans, and the British.
Also they point out the phenomenon of Japanese sellers on eBay who... don't ship to Japan/Japanese.
On Yahoo!Japan Auctions, "Ship to overseas" is disabled by default.
One progressive-minded replyer criticises his narrow-minded compatriots (in which he equates their "overseas transactions are troublesome" justifications with "I'm scared") by pointing out how eBay is the opposite: those who don't ship overaeas are in the minority.
Gaijin Punch wrote:Yahoo Japan's interface, like 99% of interfaces in Japan, is dated and flawed, but they have perfected the art of the auction. "It's in mint condition, but if you demand pristine condition, please refrain from bidding".
I know exactly which phrase you are referring to. I can't reproduce the Japanese but I'll know it when I see it.
CIT Seven Force wrote:Western auction:
95% of the time it is a bootleg game music CD. When pointed out, feign ignorance, and continue selling to the suckers.
CIT Seven Force wrote:Japanese auction:
Seller sells the limited edition of the Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack. I buy it. Upon receiving it, I realise it is a bootleg, one of the few on Y!JA. Upon reviewing the auction's item photos, this would have been obvious - if only I paid more attention before I bought it. I request a refund (original payment was by Japanese bank deposit). I get a refund. No complaints.