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Offline Foy(notFox)

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buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:19:56 PM »
Hi folks.

Am pretty sure I'm not the only one who's thought Japan must be a good source of spares for old Japanese bikes but you never see stuff from there on Ebay. Well there's some NOS stuff popping up (for more recent machines such as CB125TDC) but nothing I can see for 70s bikes and never any used stuff.

Well I set about making a token purchase to see what was involved and it seems to be going ok. Here's what I did...

  • search auction site, just like Ebay, after working out what your machine was called in Japan. eg AS3 was AX125 over there
  • register with Buyee. they act like an intermediary and will arrange shipping etc
  • when you see an item you want to bid on it will probably say the item is blocked and you need to ask Buyee to unblock it for you to bid. you simply click a button to do this
  • next thing you'll get is an email from Buyee telling you that you can't bid on this for the following stock reasons. one being 'other'!
  • you can then reply to email and ask them to review the decision. I was amazed when I got reply which means at least it isn't just a machine generating the emails
  • if they agree it's shipable they will unblock it and you can bid
  • if you win auction money comes straight out your Paypal including fees to Buyee. you therefore have to have sufficient money in bank for auction ending as there's no waiting period. no shipping is charged at this stage
  • a few days later you'll get an email from Buyee saying package is ready to ship. I'm guessing it has been physically received by them at this stage. don't know who pays for shipping from seller to Buyee
  • no money comes out your account here. you are directed to your Buyee account to choose from several shipping options and have a full 30 days to choose/pay - pretty reasonable
  • the item I picked was a bag of used bolts and fittings from an AS3 and cost was £13.23 for that plus all the fees. Broken down as follows: item 1000yen (£7.16); Buyee fee 150yen (£1.02); payment fee 200yen (£1.36); plan fees 500yen (£3.40)
  • now I have a few shipping options from approx £13 to £26 for a package weighing 1.4kg which doesn't seem too crazy

So I'll let you know how it goes. Not sure if the fees would be same for a cheap or expensive item but if you were only paying £6 or £7 each time it's not too bad and the shipping also seems ok.

The main problem is with their prohibited items I think. I saw an SS50 tank for a few £s which is a steal but they said it might contain oil so it's no-can-do. I tried to explain wouldn't have any oil in it as it wasn't an oil tank but they probably mean fuel.

Here's a link to their shipping costs
« Last Edit: July 12, 2018, 12:39:07 PM by Foy(notFox) »
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 07:42:02 PM »
Thanks for this, I was looking the other week on the same site
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2018, 10:33:59 PM »
Interesting! Thanks for the tip.

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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2018, 07:09:56 AM »
Other alternative is to make friends with another enthusiast you trust out there and get them to bid for you and post you items.

Method I have used to buy a few brochures.

Sold a couple of bits to a guy near Tokyo who turned out to be a English guy who lectured at a university
He had a Royal enfield out there
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