I recently tried out ZM to experience their process. I have no experience with Buyee, but it appears to be identical in terms of auction listing. Other CN'ers will hopefully add to this posting as well.
Quick bullet ZM points:
- You have to put monies up front into your account in order to place a bid (put in what you are willing to pay to win + ZM handling (typically = 1,00n Yen or $10) + estimated shipping cost(s). If you don't win, you will be refunded the monies you deposited into your account after 180 days.
- Place a bid and/ or then Snipe your max bid. ZM will automatically place your Snipe for you. Their auctions usually end very early like 1:00am or so due to time zone difference.
- Be very aware of what you are bidding on and if you need additional info or photos, ask ZM. They are good about responding and in English. Read all of the descriptions and disclosures.
- Should you win, ZM will alert the lister, and the lister will send the item to the ZM warehouse. This is where you may be paying 2x shipping. Once received at the ZM warehouse, they will process and prep for shipping. They will alert you on the shipping choices and costs. It's odd but you may want 'Requires Ground' shipping as this may be the most cost effective shipping, but all depends on weight and size of the item(s). If you get the buying fever and win several items, wait until all items arrive at the ZM warehouse and ship as a bundled package. This may be cheaper in terms of shipping cost. The final cost of shipping is from ZM warehouse to your destination. So be ware of shipping cost. Again, read up as much as you can on the website information they provide.
- Lastly, beware of possible fungus, mold due to neglect or poor storage on part of the lister. Japan is in a humid climate zone. So check out all the photos if possible and if not, request additional.
- Almost forgot, check with your local accountant but your item(s) may be subject to import to customs fees and ZM puts that responsibility on you to research and pay if applicable.
ZM is a very user friendly site and most of the Q+As are straight forward. Very addictive.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Again, hopefully other more experienced CN'ers will contribute to this thread. Good luck.