Pentel PN305 QX for sale. Warning! Price might make you choke. https://jp.mercari.com/item/m32018931899
It is true that the seller can ask for whatever price he wants, but it is too high. I believe the last auction I saw of it was around 80000 yen.
It’s a plastic bodied mechanical pencil that sold for ¥3000 brand new. Sure, it has a remarkable lead auto-feed mechanism… but worth roughly $3,000 USD? I think not. There are so many lottery asks going on these days for collectibles. Not just vintage mechanical pencils. Even the tin toy market has collectors desperately trying to goad loaded buyers into get snagged.
when I see such absurd prices, I make a mental note of that scalper and I won’t buy anything from them at all, their name becomes a ‘skip this listing’ alert.
One more to add to your list: “This_Is_Distributed_At_Random” on Yahoo Japan.
he was first to make the list. easy to spot most of his auctions as he in usually holding the pencil in his hand
Consistently poor photos. Lousy descriptions. Sometimes prices that seem reasonable, until you nitpick on photo details to spot the flaws. And those examples that are nice, his prices are obscenely high. No surprise that feedback percent has declined over time. In fact, ZenMarket banned them.
I wish there was some way to add a seller exclusion to search parameters.
with this “random” guy, I always wondered if it should be a joke or if they are somewhat disabled or so … blurry photos of random pencils at random prices just doesn’t make any sense at all.
The day this person is banned from Yahoo, I will rejoice. They flood the writing instrument categories with so much useless junk, making it difficult when just casually browsing through listings.
This_Is_Distributed_At_Random becomes This_Is_Banned_On_Purpose
Another thing that some sellers do is put too much brightness on the photo, making it difficult to see the quality of the metal parts.
Is there a way to get the name of the seller from YA using buyee? Sellers from mercari we can now the name, but the ones from YA are obfuscated. I think it would be nice to share or compile a list a of good sellers.
On ZenMarket I know there is and on that first part, it’s even more common for them to use pictures that show just a minimum part of scratches and such, just so that they can’t be held accountable, and then proceed to sell the pencil as new. or barely used
There was a time, not long ago, when most sellers were very cautious. Even a very tiny flaw or sign of use, and they put “junk” in the title. But now, that doesn’t happen much. I’ve also seen more sellers who take chances of misconstruing things. But then there are a few sellers out there who seem to put “Grade C” on everything used, no matter how lightly used.