Read Carefully Before Bidding

In this article, Janbox will give information that customers need to check carefully before placing a bid. Applied for Yahoo! Auctions, Mercari, and Rakuma.

1. Seller rating

Look at the number of ratings and the content of the rating to determine if you can confidently trade with that seller. By scrolling the screen down to the number of the ratings, you can check out the details.

The Janbox automated system warns users by classifying the seller according to their ratings. We suggest you transact with sellers who have a high reputation rating, the number of transactions above 500, and the percent of good rating from 90% to avoid risks.

* Cases of warning sellers with low reputation:
  • Rating less than 300 points.
  • The percent of the good rating is less than 90%.

2. Item’s image

First, carefully check the item’s photos provided by the seller. Some items may use illustrations instead of actual images, so be sure not to rate items based on images.
  • Be sure to read the description of the product condition, size, color, included accessories,... whether new or used, whether the product is dirty or scratched!
  • Be careful of products with images that are too blurry or too small to check the status.

3. Item’s condition

When you are using an auction site, many of the items might be in used, second-hand condition. You can check product status (used/new), several items to be listed, conditions to place a bid (refund or not, evaluation limit, starting price, auction ID), start/end time, early ending, and auto auction time renewal status. Please check the product status carefully and refer to the product's information (using the automatic translation tool) to make the right choice.

4. Item’s details

You can check product information such as the current price, the number of bids, remaining time until the end of the auction, whether the product has to pay tax or shipping costs within Japan, expected delivery time. Carefully consider how much you should bid, depending on your item’s status.

5. Estimate item price

Use the estimation tool from Janbox to calculate your total purchasing and shipping costs.

 →estimate tool

6. Prohibited items

Check carefully to ensure that the product you want to bid is not the one prohibited list. Especially be careful if you see a message warning that the item might be prohibited.

 →List of prohibited items
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