I've been buying off Yahoo for over 16 yrs, the norm was that whatever you picked up was at least half price or even cheaper than what you would pay from a western dealer.
But now I feel it's ruined. eBay has become a ghost town for bargains, the Japanese inflate their prices for silly gaijin all the time, at first they were not aware that we had hoodwinked them and we buying the same items from their Yahoo listings cheaper.
Yesterday and today I witnessed two sales that were completely unrealistic. The items sold for three to four times higher than if they had been procured from an expensive dealer in Knightsbridge. What was once a great place to pick up a deal is becoming a joke.
Firstly, the Japanese sellers are now educated to gaijin buyers. When you bid on an item using a proxy bidding agent service they simply look at the buyer's feedback rating. Agents have a high turn over of items, so they naturally have a high feedback. My JAUCE account was over 2,000
Sellers will then bid against you and inflate the price. If their shilling backfires and they win it makes no difference as they can simply terminate the listing after the winning bid.
Now daily I'm bidding and fighting not only the seller's shilling but also other gaijin bidders that are prepared to pay more than normal. So if you want to win on Yahoo you need deeper pockets.
Last month I conducted a little due diligence comparing prices set by dealers and Yahoo sellers for similar items. Mainly armour and polearms, coz that's my thing. In most cases, I could buy cheaper from a dealer, Kinokuniya being the cheapest.
So my reason for this post is to say think about what you are spending on Yahoo, as we are in fact driving the prices up.
I would welcome some feedback from other buyers here, not what or who's service is the best, that's boring, but who are still getting a deal from Yahoo and their experience to the market prices.