Yahoo! Auctions Japan Shopping Guide: How to buy from Yahoo! Auctions Japan

What is Yahoo! Auctions Japan?

Yahoo! Auctions Japan (often abbreviated to Yafuoku or Y!A) is Japan’s most popular auction site, with millions of items being bought and sold every day. With both companies and individuals selling their wares, the variety available on Yahoo! Auctions Japan is unbeatable. If you are looking for rare Japanese second-hand items or want a second chance on a release you missed, Yahoo! Auctions Japan is the place for you! From popular streetwear like BAPE and Supreme to otaku goodies, Yahoo! Auctions Japan has tons of great items for great prices.

Yahoo! Auctions Japan FAQ

Can Yahoo! Auctions Japan ship to my country?

Most sellers on Yahoo! Auctions Japan do not ship overseas. This means that you will need to use a proxy-bidding service like FROM JAPAN, who will bid on your behalf and have your items shipped straight to your door.

Does Yahoo! Auctions Japan accept foreign credit cards or PayPal?

You cannot register or use any foreign payment methods to register on Yahoo! Auctions Japan, including PayPal. But fortunately, FROM JAPAN accepts payment from most foreign credit cards and PayPal, meaning you can easily bid and purchase without a Japanese payment method.

Is there an English version of Yahoo! Auctions Japan?

There is currently no English-language infrastructure on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. This, coupled with the sellers’ general lack of English ability, creates some hurdles for non-Japanese customers who want to use Yahoo! Auctions Japan. Luckily, if you use FROM JAPAN’s Yahoo! Auctions Japan page, you can browse and make bids in English! Our Customer Service team can also help you with any Japanese-language questions you may have.

How to use FROM JAPAN to order from Yahoo! Auctions Japan

  1. Go to FROM JAPAN’s Yahoo! Auctions Japan page.
  2. Check the details of the item.
  3. Make an account with FROM JAPAN.
  4. Place your bid.
  5. Select your purchasing plan and finalize your bid.

Step 1. Go to FROM JAPAN’s Yahoo! Auctions Japan page.

The best thing about using FROM JAPAN to place bids on Yahoo! Auctions Japan is that you don’t even need to visit the site! You can search and make real-time bids on Yahoo! Auctions Japan directly from our site.

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On this page, you can start your search either by using the search bar or by browsing through the categories on the left-hand side. Entering Japanese search terms will yield the most results, but if you aren’t too confident with your Japanese skills, you don’t need to worry! With FROM JAPAN’s find it for me request form, our Customer Service team can help you the get items you are looking for.

Step 2. Check the details of the item.

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Here you can make a real-time bid or a sniper bid by entering your maximum bid amount. In the case of real-time bidding, your bid will automatically be placed at the time you make the bid. With sniper bidding, our shopping team will place your maximum bid in the last ten minutes of the auction. If an item has a Buy it Now option (即決価格) the auction will end with you as the winner.

Please note that just placing a bid doesn’t automatically mean you will be able to purchase the item. You may be outbid or the seller might choose to end the auction early. We will let you know if you have won the auction as soon as the listing ends!

Caution: All bids made on Yahoo! Auctions Japan are final. That means once you bid on an item, you cannot cancel the bid. If you win the listing, then you must pay for the item.Another thing to check on this page is the seller’s rating/feedback.

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There is always a risk when you buy from a second-hand seller, so always check feedback before going through with any purchase. We can’t stress this enough! Our Customer Service team are happy to help if you have any questions about a seller’s feedback.

Under the auction’s listing, you can see all of the details under the “Item Information” heading.

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You can see how many bids have been placed, the start and end time of the listing, as well as more information about shipping fees and estimated arrival date. The item’s original information is also listed in full underneath this section, so we urge you to check this for any information the seller might list about an item’s condition. Again, if you have any specific questions about a particular listing then please ask our Customer Service team.

Step 3. Make an account with FROM JAPAN.

You’ll need to make an account with FROM JAPAN in order to be able to make bids.

Step 4. Place your bid.

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In this section of the product page, you can choose how you would like to bid on the item. A real-time bid will place your maximum bid right away. For Sniper Bidding, our Shopping Team will place your maximum bid five minutes before the scheduled ending time. If the item has a buy it now price, all you need to do is click the “Buy it Now” button and you will automatically win the item at the indicated price.

Step 5. Select your purchasing plan and finalize your bid.

Once you have placed a bid, you can review your bid details and select either our Buyer Protection Plan or Basic Forwarding Plan. Please note that some items may not be valid for the Buyer Protection Plan. Once you’ve selected a plan and reviewed the details of your bid, click the “Place Bid” button. We will send you an email if you win the auction.

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Yahoo! Auctions Japan Video Tutorial

  • How to Bid on Yahoo! Auctions Japan | FROM JAPAN

    Here's our guide on how to bid on Yahoo! Auctions Japan items on FROM JAPAN.

    How to bid on Yahoo! Auctions Japan using FROM JAPAN

    Here's our guide on how to place a bid on a Yahoo! Auctions Japan listing.
    When you find a Yahoo! Auctions Japan item you'd like to bid on, enter the number of units and your maximum bid.
    For auctions with a Buy it Now option
    placing a bid for the indicated amount will automatically win the item.
    Choose what kind of bid you want to place.
    Real-time Bidding places your maximum bid right away.
    Sniper bidding places your bid
    5 minutes before the scheduled ending time.

  • This time, we'll try placing a real-time bid.
    On the following page,
    you can review your bid details and select a purchasing plan.
    You can bid on auctions using a credit card, PayPal,
    a deposit, or FJ Points.
    We'll use a credit card.
    Click this button to change your payment method.
    We offer two purchasing plans.
    You can select either our Buyer Protection Plan or our Basic Forwarding Plan.
    Once you've selected a plan and reviewed your bid,
    click the "Place Bid" button.
    And you're done!
    We'll send you an email to let you know if you win the auction.

FROM JAPAN Customer Testimonials - Yahoo! Auctions Japan

Item purchased 1

The 'Final Fantasy XV Ultimate Collector's Edition' I bought on Yahoo! Auctions Japan arrived in perfect condition and so I am very pleased with my purchase. The best thing about this product was that it contained several exclusives only available to Japan (the rest of the world did not receive the extra 'Final Fantasy XV Kingsclaive' bonus disc, the extra drama CD, or the extra game DLC). Thank you.

John Doe 40s, Male

Item purchased 2

I was really looking for this product so when I found it on Yahoo! Auctions Japan, I immediately used FROM JAPAN to buy it. Packaging-wise, I am satisfied. The people behind the packaging really took care... so much bubble wrap. :D It is a kind of relief that they intend for the product to not get squished even if it's not fragile. :)) The packaging is quite big though...

Suremiku 20s, Female

Item purchased 3

The book I bought on Yahoo! Auctions Japan was exactly in the condition advertised, and arrived without issues and damage.

li 20s, Female