AKB48 Election Fraud: 1000 “Used” Votes for $10,000


The latest general election drama to grip the nation sees an outraged AKB48 begging for a refund of the ¥950,000 he used to buy 1000 vote tickets which had already been used – having appropriately enough been described in the auction as “second-hand.”

The incident began on Yahoo! Auctions with an innocent enough seeming auction of 1000 “second-hand” general election voting tickets (normally bundled with CDs as a way of rigging the music charts) to an AKB48 otaku desperate enough to pay ¥950,000 for them.


On arrival of the precious voting tickets the buyer was unhappy to find they had all in fact been used:

“They were all used to vote already!”

“After paying for them, when they arrived they were all already used. Even for a second-hand purchase they are not worth ¥950,000 at all. The seller is clearly malicious!”

He apparently intends to take the matter to the police if no restitution is forthcoming.

The seller is having none of it:

“Somebody demanding a refund for second-hand goods they bought like this is too much. I’m reporting your negative rating to Yahoo! as inappropriate.”

Despite all this the seller managed to accumulate over 400 “good” or “very good” ratings over the course of their auctioneering, and the tickets were clearly identified as “second-hand” – and nowhere did the description state they were “unused votes” (or for that matter “already used”).

Yahoo! appears to have suspended the seller anyway, but it is not clear what action they are taking – though popular opinion seems to be in the seller’s favour:

“How I laughed…”

“Well, they were advertised as ‘second-hand’!”

“Buy the CDs at least, idiots.”

“AKB48 fans are such easy marks.”

“This is obvious fraud. Get the police involved!”

“Second-hand means used. What did he expect?”

“You should still be able to use a second-hand item. These could not be used!”

“No way would this result in charges. The seller clearly states they are used.”

“AKB48 otaku never change.”

“Who cares what happens between these otaku maniacs!”

“It’s bizarre to have an election dependent on buying votes anyway.”

“God, the general election is now the NHK’s top story… what has happened to the world.”

“This otaku was asking for it. How did he think he was going to get 1000 tickets for ¥950,000 when they only come with CDs which cost ¥1500 each?”

“You’d think he might have realised something was up right there.”

“Anyone prepared to spend ¥950,000 on something like this is already beyond help.”

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    Avatar of Stormwatch
    Comment by Stormwatch
    16:42 31/05/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    AKB48 freaks make a fantastic case for euthanasia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Someone somewhere thinks the same of you, probably those otakus themselves

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    it would be hilarious if his favorite lost by 999 votes

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 31/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    That's awful to say, every life is precious. Any way, I'd rather have tham as pet slaves than dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    oxygen is precious too, so NO

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:19 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Living batteries like in Matrix is an absurd idea. But if it were possible I can see many people willingfully going for that in the exchange of having things they can't have in real world like marring their waifu, body swap, superpowers, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 03/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can't blame Otaku's wanting to buy something Cheaper from an Online vender.Then again Japanese would trash all the CD's for something else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Living batteries like in Matrix do not work. A living body does not create energy, it uses energy! It doesn't even store that much energy.

    The thing is, it uses energy very efficiently.

    What might work is harvesting computation power, since the human brain is a very energy efficient computing machine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget the cost & environmental impact of feeding, sheltering & disposing of the waste it creates.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Make them into living "batteries" producing energy like in Matrix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're just too kind.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Maybe I'm just callous, bout I in no way believe every life is precious - some people just deserve a bullet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 02/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'd be happy to put one in your head

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    Comment by Dia
    18:29 31/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I think malicious intent should be enough to convict him. I wouldn't dare to do this even if I found a buyer like that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think malicious intent would be difficult to prove. After all, the seller could argue that he thought any prospective buyer would use the second-hand tickets to wallpaper their otaku room, or to create an anti-AKB48 artistic display. Or a ticket castle.

    Obviously I'm not a lawyer, and I'm sure not a Japanese lawyer, but given that there are other theoretical uses for second-hand tickets, I'd bet criminal charges would be difficult to bring.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you know that you are really stretching it here. a VOTING ticket that cant be used to VOTE is as useful as an eraser that doesnt erase. it is garbage and you cant fucking sell it for that price (950000 yens). you are leading people to think they are useful tickets when they arent. you want more malicious intent than this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 02/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly... If he were selling them for a small fraction of the amount, I could maybe see that argument holding up, but selling them for the majority of the cost of purchasing CDs new would indicate the codes should still be usable. Of course, if the CDs themselves were included, and mentioned in the listing, the buyer would have a much harder case, as they would have still acquired something arguably useful out of their purchase. At least, as useful as AKB48 CDs can be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    He should look on the bright side, at least now he can try make the worlds most expensive ticket castle.

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    Comment by kintama00
    Comment by Anonymous

    There's a way to resolve this amicably. The seller can simply hold his own hand shaking event, and let the buyer shake his hand and maybe sit with him for a few minutes while they get their picture taken together. That way, everybody wins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    do they sing well or what?
    why they get so much attention?

    man... I don't understand

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 02/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What could possess someone to buy 1000 CDs of anything? Someone tell me. Why would you want that many? Votes aside, unless its a super cheap game or something of resell value on Ebay, you don't need more than 1 or 2 copies lol

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    Comment by Riiku
    03:21 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Second-hand" means it have been owned by another owner, it does't imply they were used per se. The buyer probably thought it would be logical if they was unused, so he bought them. Clearly an idiot though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 03/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would someone buy that many CDs and not use the tickets?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brilliant example of idiocy at it's finest.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    05:13 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And not a single fuck was given that day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont get it, what is to be gained by voting for some dumb brod and making her number 1?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:38 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason it feels like all this akb-stuff is just a cover-up to distract from something much more controversial.
    But what?

    Is it China-related or an internal political scandal?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 02/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just a big deal online every year. AKB fans are active and antifans counter this by watching for this kind of news. I'm gonna check out AKB on google trends, see how big they get around may-june

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the same kind of idiot that buys a picture of a Playstation or an xbox box for $500. I don't really have any sympathy for people like this, that get scammed so easily. Those people really don't belong on the internet. And make the rest of us look bad.

    The good news, for this chump, is that yahoo auction used actual Japanese banks for payment. So he should have little issue getting his money back, at his bank's expense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The buyer never stopped to think about why somebody would be selling thousands of "second hand" CDs that people only buy for the sake of voting? Didn't think to maybe verify with the seller if the votes were used before dropping a million yen?

    I swear, human ignorance and stupidity knows no bounds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seller was undeniably fishing for chumps with deliberate intent to scam cash out of an idiot. I find it hard to see a problem with that though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd be surprise if the seller is a CEO from a successful game company, ripping gamers for these CDs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 25/05/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I miss these articles showing how corrupt the idol industry in Japan is...
    Come on Sankaku, mainstream sites only show the good sides of it, almost doing free PR work for them.
    Someone has to talk about the ugly dark sides!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    here in america we shoot aol cd's with guns as a cheap alternative to clay pidgeons (if you can still find aol cd's).

    maybe we should get the rednecks to buy em all up and go to town. just think of it as recycling.

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    Comment by Dexter
    17:42 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hella funny. Those AKB48 otaku's might become Elliot Rodgers in the future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhh one of them already attacked them with a saw.
    if japan had no gun laws, there would literally be no one alive in six months.

    Avatar of Dexter
    Comment by Dexter
    03:37 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I read that post about the saw attacker. Man that's some hardcore stuff right there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    mhmm. So hardcore. Deep cuts on some thumbs and I think pinky fingers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    should've saw Yasushi

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 03/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you can stop talking about what you don't even know, ans spread rumors ?
    The attacker was not an AKB48 fan, not even an idol fan.
    He just chose them because they are popular, to get more attention when trying to kill one random member.
    So, don't give him what he wants : attention.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The seller just made 9342$ off of this guys stupidity!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    He still lost 5000 by being stupid enough to buy the CD's in the first place.

    The more I hear about this, the sadder it sounds. Do these people have no friends or family who can smack some sense into them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldn't it be a double win for the seller then?He got to vote for who he wants, and got over $4,000.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 02/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The buyer paid less for the tickets than the seller paid for the CDs (1000-1600 yen per cd)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering the bulks they're bought by the maniacs, I'd wager he found them in trash heap...

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    Comment by Kevin
    15:58 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    I can't understand how people can part with that much of money, just for Artists.

    I mean, If he wants women, there are cheaper alternatives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 03/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe because it is not about 'wanting a woman'.
    But I know that's probably hard to understand for dumb people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a loser. Imagine this... he could have rented a whore once every 2 weeks with that kind of money.

    Avatar of Shiro_Amada
    Comment by Shiro_Amada
    17:39 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know, for all that money he could've gotten himself a couple of pros, if you know what I mean.

    Or, if he's really into the juveniles, he could've literally BOUGHT (like, for keepers) one of those promiscuous little high school whores who sell their used underwear online.

    That being said, I doubt pussy even is on these people's minds. They've probably strayed so far from "normal", they don't even think about sex, but innocent moemoe lavulavu with their waifu. Then he should've spent that money on a good shrink.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Caveat emptor. Never assume and always ask are the keys to avoiding such situation.

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