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Fri May 4 2007 10:39:15

Yahoo Shutters Auction Sites in North America

By: Ina Steiner

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Yahoo informed AuctionBytes that it has decided to close the Yahoo US and Canada Auctions sites. It said it will continue to operate its international auction businesses, including its auction properties in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Yahoo Auctions will no longer accept listings as of June 3, 2007, on the US and Canadian sites, which will close on June 16, 2007.

I'm appreciative that they warned me at all, but it's too bad the AuctionBytes Newsflash newsletter already went out. Here's a link to the article added to the news feed this morning, which also contains a link to the Post story containing a rumor that Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to acquire Yahoo.

I'll be doing a follow-up piece recapping the history of Yahoo Auctions, whether anyone cares it closed (the answer is, yes), and some reaction. If you have a reaction, please use the comments feature here.




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by: Randy Smythe

Fri May 4 15:48:09 2007

How long before Overstock throws in the towel on Auctions as well?

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by: Frank Ross

Fri May 4 16:34:45 2007

Last year, I noted in my blog at allbusiness.com that the signs of this were there.

http://www.allbusiness.com/specialty-businesses/home-based-bus
inesses/3875954-1.html

Last
May when they rolled their new home page, they axed the auctions from their home page and relegated them to a back page. That was writing on the wall.

So one year later, this news comes as no suprise as they have done absolutely nothing with their auction platform since then as far as I can tell.   Sad, because we do wish someone would give eBay a run for the money.

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Fri May 4 19:44:31 2007

Memory Lane 2/8/1999 Yahoo Auctions Powered by OnSale
http://web.archive.org/web/19990208003424/http://auctions.ya
hoo.com/

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Fri May 4 19:46:30 2007

Re: Randy's Comment: How long before Overstock throws in the towel on Auctions as well?

If They were smart they would get Yahoo!'s traffic through a redirect or through some kind of promo.

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Fri May 4 19:51:34 2007

I may have stumbled across something here....

check out this redirect from Overstock to yahoo:

http://yahoo.overstock.com


Note these URLs DON'T work
http://amazon.overstock.com
http://test.overstock.com
ht
tp://overstock.yahoo.com

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by: Billoment

Fri May 4 22:34:24 2007

Well there goes my free advertising for our web site. I'll have to figure out some new marketing trick that does not cost anything other than time. I know I was getting a lot of traffic by listing the link in our auctions. Same thing with my eBay store and we saved FVF on the re-direct refunds. Get a number of those each month too.

Bill

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by: Dan

Sat May 5 12:26:45 2007

Bill put his finger on it...now he can pay for Yahoo CPC to his ebay items.  

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by: Scott

Wed May 9 09:18:23 2007

Yahoo Auction Inc could of cared less about the Sellers and Buyers and in trying to make it a booming Auction Site.

Since Yahoo Auction went free the place was a mess! There was not one day that went by that Yahoo Auction didn't have some kind of technical problem/issue. The Auctions customer service is/was a big fat F.

It also so happens that Yahoo Auction site was taken advantaged of by some companies who would place thousands of auctions listing for the sole purpose of Free Advertisement!

One company would even state on their auction listing that the item wasn't in stock! and they had redirection links to there site. Those companies ruined it for the small seller and for the USA Yahoo Auction Site!

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by: Jim

Tue May 22 19:03:24 2007

As a new website operator with very little experience, I was supprised to learn of the decision by Yahoo to stop their auction site.  But after reading of their loses in the million's of dollars, I can understand it was a strickly a business decision.  As a new site owner of ''bigfootauctions.com'' I am concerned how the small auction sites will fare.  From my research, it looks as though ebay has all of the business, with very little going to small auction sites.  That may be because ebay has worked hard, and is the site to check for auctions.  Hopefully there is still room for some of the smaller auction sites though.  If anyone has a comment on this, I would be interested.
Jim

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by: CarolAnn Gillette

Fri Jun 1 20:59:47 2007

My husband and I have started our own auction site..AmberAuctions.biz. We are giving a $50 credit to those who would like to register and begin selling. It is a brand new site as of today..take a look and join us. No listing or final value fees to worry about. Use your credit for those extras to put on your listings..Thank you, CarolAnn Gillette

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by: CarolAnn Gillette

Fri Jun 1 21:00:00 2007

My husband and I have started our own auction site..AmberAuctions.biz. We are giving a $50 credit to those who would like to register and begin selling. It is a brand new site as of today..take a look and join us. No listing or final value fees to worry about. Use your credit for those extras to put on your listings..Thank you, CarolAnn Gillette

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by: ROBERT SCHILLING

Tue Aug 28 19:45:21 2007

Greetings all,

I was trying to join Yahoo's site. and learn from here that it is no longer here/  is there any sites a person can sale on that gets traffic? I am looking for a site that is user friendly and not so wrong to the SELLERS who make them money.  I am on EBAY as Robertdonot (read my ME) and they restricted me due to the following:

In late April I was hospitalized for COPD and Cardiac issuse and then my mother died on Mother's Day. Obviously I could not ship nor have computer access at that time. Then to learn my Mother elected to cash her life insurance in years prior (unknown to me) created choas, legal and monitary issues which took priority. Most important my recovery had much more precident.  I contacted all my BUYERS as soon as I could and explained my situation to them via email and offered refunds or their patience. In the interim a rogue BUYER contacted all my BUYERS encouraging them to leave bad feedback as I was advised by a good BUYER. I contacted Ebays Trust & Safety and explained all this and they told me to do as I already did. I was told I had no concerns regarding EBAY reprimanding me that a person had to have an overall FEEDBACK SCORE of -4 before anything like that occurred. While on July 27th I was placed on Restricted Listing due to the antics of this rogue BUYER although my FEEDBACK reflects a much different picture when you look at all my FEEDBACK. When I contacted them I was informed they changed the policy and it affects the activities of the Past 90 days which is unfair because I was told something totally different back in June. I am unable to list until they grant me the prevelege. The crazy thing is I have over 3000 items in my EBAY store and I have to pay for the listing regardless. Read my ME. Hope you do not mind my sharing with you. But as I said many goodies coming soon. Unless EBAY kicks me off and if they do I'll just go to another site which is not as popular as EBAY bu does not charge a SELLER unless a item sales . I have been contacting them very frequently disputing the unfairness of this action. So if you do not see me you know what happened.

~Bob~

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by: kala

Sat Mar 1 13:52:23 2008

A highly recommended site is elfingo.com for online auctions.  They are the new ebay.  Many smaller sites like this offer buyers far better deals than ebay ever could.  Buyser also save a ton because this site charges little or nothing depending on the day. One more reaso I like elfingo.com is because they don't take a part of the sale at all.  No commissions or final value fees. A+++ http://www.elfingo.com

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by: Yahoo Auctions on Ebay

Tue Apr 22 03:12:09 2008

This blog is related to  Yahoo Auctions on Ebay     that one can make lots of money if he works hard. I suggest that ebay is the best business one can make money. I further recommend that freshers also are welcome to join ebay online business.



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