Smartphones drive surge in Net auctions, gripes

Oct 21, 2013

Smartphones drive surge in Net auctions, gripes

by Junji Yamaguchi

Japan’s online auction market has seen major growth in the past several years, driven by the popularity of smartphones and sellers seeking to offload secondhand goods. But the National Consumer Affairs Center has alerted consumers to take precautions against problems with the payment process ...

Endangered beetles put on block

Sep 26, 2013

Endangered beetles put on block

Specimens of an endangered species of insect captured in Tottori Prefecture were put up for sale on an Internet auction site, prefectural officials said Thursday. The entries for two diving beetles were removed from the website as soon as officials warned the seller that ...

Gandhi sandals to be auctioned

May 12, 2013

Gandhi sandals to be auctioned

A pair of sandals formerly owned by Indian independence hero Mohandas Gandhi is to go under the hammer in Britain later this month. Auction house Mullock’s said the battered leather shoes, due to be sold May 21, are expected to fetch up to £15,000 ...