Yahoo is going to be confusing when you first start using it. Obviously it's all in Japanese. You'll have trouble finding information and understanding all of the information that you are able to find. Sometimes you won't be able to understand all of it or you won't know everything about the auction like you would an eBay auction. But over a short amount of time you'll get more used to it and after a little longer you won't have any problems at all. Once you get comfortable with the layout and finding the right information you won't even remember the confusion in the beginning....There are some sections on the left that will describe Yahoo in detail. I also have some videos that show you have to create an account, how to use your account, how to understand a listing, how to make a bid through my website, etc. It might take some time to get through everything but when you're done you should have a good overall understanding of how Yahoo works and how you can use it.
Remember....it's just an auction site....
Yahoo Auctions is an auction site just like eBay. It might look different, the words might be in Japanese, the information might be in different areas, but the core purpose is an online auction. That means the same principals apply on Yahoo as they do on eBay, and if you already buy on eBay then you'll already know what to do on Yahoo. Yahoo has Sellers just like eBay. They have auctions with a set time limit where you place bids. The auctions have pictures and descriptions. They have other information like payment and shipping. You can ask questions. There's a feedback section. Some listings are buy-it-now.
There's risks involved, just like eBay. Some sellers are good, some are not. Some Sellers give a lot of information in their listings, some do not. Some answer questions, some offer multiple payment options, some are more professional than others. None of that changes just because you're buying from Yahoo.
All of the same common sense applies. Sellers with low feedback or many negatives are people you don't want to buy from. If the listing doesn't say whether it's working or not then you probably don't want it. If the shipping is twice as high as all of the other Sellers you see then you probably don't want to buy from him. If there one picture of a box only and no item pictures and a one sentence description then it's not a good option for you. Whatever steps you use to make a smart purchase on eBay are the same steps you'll take to make a smart purchase on Yahoo.
So again, just as you would with any auction site, check out:
- Seller Feedback
- Item Description
- Shipping Costs
- Auction Duration
- Any Questions other Buyers have asked
And as always, I'm available for any questions you might have.
Yahoo in Native Japanese
This is what Yahoo looks like it its native language:
Yahoo Translated with Google Translate
This is what Yahoo Auctions Japan looks like through a translation website: