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Re: The Noteworthy Auction Threadô
Posted on: 2014/10/12 0:23
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I don't know how rare this is or if the price of ok or not, but I saw the mention of Virtual Double Yakuman.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Virtual-Boy-Ts ... ain_0&hash=item4187b473b3

Also a couple of NFR Japanese Mario Clash CIB's for what looks like a good price

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Mario-Clash-Ja ... Games&hash=item3f252c418d

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Mario-Clash-Ja ... Games&hash=item3f252c52e5
Edited by speedyink on 2014/10/12 0:37
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Posted on: 2014/10/12 2:02
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speedyink wrote:
I don't know how rare this is or if the price of ok or not, but I saw the mention of Virtual Double Yakuman.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Virtual-Boy-Ts ... ain_0&hash=item4187b473b3


It is fairly rare, and it might sell for close to that amount even on Yahoo Auctions Japan, but I'd say that Yahoo Auctions Japan would be the place to look for a lower price.

Of course, since scans of every single page of the magazine already appear on the site, a lot of people tend not to buy it at all, no matter how low the price, especially if they can't speak or read Japanese and don't want to try to take the time to get it translated via translation software, etc.

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/articles/?s020115001
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Posted on: 2014/10/12 6:36
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It is fairly rare, and it might sell for close to that amount even on Yahoo Auctions Japan, but I'd say that Yahoo Auctions Japan would be the place to look for a lower price.

Of course, since scans of every single page of the magazine already appear on the site, a lot of people tend not to buy it at all, no matter how low the price, especially if they can't speak or read Japanese and don't want to try to take the time to get it translated via translation software, etc.

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/articles/?s020115001


Oh awesome, I didn't realize the while thing was on this site.

Is that an OK price for the Mario clash nfr in your opinion?
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Posted on: 2014/10/12 21:26
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Is that an OK price for the Mario clash nfr in your opinion?


Well, I do know that CIB Japanese Mario Clash Demo games sell on Yahoo Auctions Japan for the same price as the regular Japanese Mario Clash retail games, so for a grand total of about 40.00 to 50.00 US Dollars, which would probably even cover the proxy service fees and international shipping when all is said and done. Chances are, this Ebay seller got these copies for about that amount total and marked them up for some profit.

Thus, if you are comfortable with waiting a little bit for one to appear on Yahoo Auctions Japan and paying a total of 50.00 US Dollars or less to get a copy via a proxy service, then do that. Otherwise, if you don't want to wait and are interested in getting one now, and this price isn't too much higher to you than the 50.00 US Dollar price that, again, will likely include proxy fees and international shipping, then go ahead and get this one.

In general, it is always best to buy Japanese games from a Japanese site rather than Ebay, if you are looking for the best prices. This is often how Ebay sellers get their inventory stock of Japanese games in the first place, so there is no need to use the Ebay sellers as middlemen for such and put extra money into their pockets. Of course, the Ebay sellers do know very well that the same games that sell for low on the Japanese sites regularly sell for more on Ebay, which is why they continue to see success in their quick buys, markups, and reselling.
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Posted on: 2014/10/13 0:38
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Well, I do know that CIB Japanese Mario Clash Demo games sell on Yahoo Auctions Japan for the same price as the regular Japanese Mario Clash retail games, so for a grand total of about 40.00 to 50.00 US Dollars, which would probably even cover the proxy service fees and international shipping when all is said and done. Chances are, this Ebay seller got these copies for about that amount total and marked them up for some profit.

Thus, if you are comfortable with waiting a little bit for one to appear on Yahoo Auctions Japan and paying a total of 50.00 US Dollars or less to get a copy via a proxy service, then do that. Otherwise, if you don't want to wait and are interested in getting one now, and this price isn't too much higher to you than the 50.00 US Dollar price that, again, will likely include proxy fees and international shipping, then go ahead and get this one.

In general, it is always best to buy Japanese games from a Japanese site rather than Ebay, if you are looking for the best prices. This is often how Ebay sellers get their inventory stock of Japanese games in the first place, so there is no need to use the Ebay sellers as middlemen for such and put extra money into their pockets. Of course, the Ebay sellers do know very well that the same games that sell for low on the Japanese sites regularly sell for more on Ebay, which is why they continue to see success in their quick buys, markups, and reselling.


Thanks for the info, Ben! It's definitely good to know. I'll have to look up how this proxy thing works, never purchased off of a Japanese Auction before. It definitely seems like the way to go, I'm all about saving money =P

Edit: So I looked up the Proxy service, I found spebid, is that one good or do you have a preferred one?
Edited by speedyink on 2014/10/13 0:49
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Posted on: 2014/10/13 1:27
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So I looked up the Proxy service, I found spebid, is that one good or do you have a preferred one?


I simply use Buyee, which is the one advertised on Yahoo Auctions Japan. They charge a fee of 500 yen or 10% of the winning auction bid, whichever is larger. Other than that, you pretty much just pay the winning auction amount and the precise shipping charges to get your items shipped from Buyee's warehouse in Japan to your home address. I have never had a single issue with them ever, so I have always received my items in great condition, without ever having to inquire as to where my shipment is. Buyee also offers the snipe bidding service, so they won't place your bid until about 5 minutes before an auction ends, which helps the items not be bid up so high.

I haven't checked much into other proxy services, but if the fees for spebid are more than what Buyee charges, then definitely go with Buyee, as it is a very trustworthy proxy service. But if its fees are about the same and if it also offers snipe bidding, then it could also be a good choice.
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Posted on: 2014/10/13 1:34
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I simply use Buyee, which is the one advertised on Yahoo Auctions Japan. They charge a fee of 500 yen or 10% of the winning auction bid, whichever is larger. Other than that, you pretty much just pay the winning auction amount and the precise shipping charges to get your items shipped from Buyee's warehouse in Japan to your home address. I have never had a single issue with them ever, so I have always received my items in great condition, without ever having to inquire as to where my shipment is. Buyee also offers the snipe bidding service, so they won't place your bid until about 5 minutes before an auction ends, which helps the items not be bid up so high.

I haven't checked much into other proxy services, but if the fees for spebid are more than what Buyee charges, then definitely go with Buyee, as it is a very trustworthy proxy service. But if its fees are about the same and if it also offers snipe bidding, then it could also be a good choice.


They charge $30 a year for unlimited buying. You'd think at that price they'd be mentioned everywhere, but when doing research I really can't find much on them. Maybe I'll start with buyee, as they sure do make it easy to use with yahoo japan. Thanks again Ben, you've been really helpful.
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Posted on: 2014/10/13 1:57
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Thanks again Ben, you've been really helpful.


You're welcome. I assume you know how to search for all things Virtual Boy on there?

Just always do a general search with バーチャルボーイ and see what new treasures can be found. Speaking of which, there is currently a CIB copy of Mansion of Insmouse sitting at about 17 bucks, and its going to end in about 11 hours:

http://page13.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/r119586154

There's no telling how low it will sell for, so if you want to add it to your collection, it might be good to jump on. It usually sells for about $120 or more on Ebay, but it can sell for much, much less on Yahoo Auctions Japan.
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Posted on: 2014/10/13 6:19
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You're welcome. I assume you know how to search for all things Virtual Boy on there?

Just always do a general search with バーチャルボーイ and see what new treasures can be found. Speaking of which, there is currently a CIB copy of Mansion of Insmouse sitting at about 17 bucks, and its going to end in about 11 hours:

http://page13.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/r119586154

There's no telling how low it will sell for, so if you want to add it to your collection, it might be good to jump on. It usually sells for about $120 or more on Ebay, but it can sell for much, much less on Yahoo Auctions Japan.


I figured out the correct katakana spelling off my VB manual, and actually, I put a snipe bid on that exact item! Someone has bid it up since then, its now sitting closer to 50 bucks.
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Posted on: 2014/10/13 14:30
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Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Speaking of which, there is currently a CIB copy of Mansion of Insmouse sitting at about 17 bucks, and its going to end in about 11 hours:

http://page13.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/r119586154


:O

And coincidentally(?), that game was released today 19 years ago.

Do sellers there usually ship worldwide? If yes, how much does it cost?
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