Yahoo! Auctions

Yahoo! Auctions is a service set up by the online search giant Yahoo! in 1998 to compete against eBay.[2]

Yahoo! Auctions
Type of site
OwnerYahoo! at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2007)
LaunchedSeptember 14, 1998; 23 years ago (1998-09-14)[1]

There are currently only two localizations of the service active in Taiwan and Japan; Yahoo! has already discontinued the service in United States, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Ireland. The North American (US and Canada) section of the site closed down on June 16, 2007.[3] The Singapore section of the site was closed on September 22, 2008. The UK and Ireland service was closed on June 28, 2002. During the shutdown of the UK and Ireland service, Yahoo! had endorsed its main auctions rival, eBay, as their 'preferred' service. The Hong Kong service was terminated on May 31, 2020.[4] From Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Yahoo Auctions is no longer available in the EEA and the United Kingdom and is currently blocking access from these locations.[5]

Yahoo! Auctions was preferred by some sellers for its no-fee policy — all revenue was from advertising. Singaporean users chose to shy away from eBay after the closure of Yahoo! Auctions in Singapore, citing high fees and a cluttered website.[6]

In April 2001, Yahoo! acquired, a major competitor to eBay in Australia. was previously owned by John Fairfax Holdings' online interactive arm, F2. The site was given a new address within the domain. In August 2003, Yahoo! announced that the site would be shutting down and directed users to eBay.[7]

Yahoo! WalletEdit

Yahoo! Wallet is a lesser-known competitor to PayPal. Wallet was designed for use at Yahoo! websites such as Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Auctions. Likewise, new Auctions sellers were required to confirm their identity by entering in their credit card number into Wallet. The service has also been discontinued outside Japan, Taipei and Hong Kong.

Yahoo! Kantan kessai (Yahoo!かんたん決済, Yafū kantan kessai) is a similar service for paying for Japanese auctions using either bank accounts at certain Japanese banks, or a credit card issued by a Japanese bank.[8] In order to use a credit card, your bank must have registered how your name is written out in katakana, which effectively blocks the use of all non-Japanese cards.[9]


  1. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Yahoo! Auctions Unveils Premier Auction Area". Yahoo! Media Releases. Santa Clara, California, United States of America: Yahoo! Inc. February 1, 1999.
  3. ^ "Yahoo Shutting Down Auctions – Second Service to DeadPool This Month".
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  6. ^ Weizhen, Tan (September 27, 2008). "No Yahoo! Auctions site? No problem!". AsiaOne Business. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  7. ^ Steiner, Ina (August 7, 2003). "Yahoo Closes Australian Auction Site". Steiner Associates LLC. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  8. ^ "ご利用可能なクレジットカード・金融機関一覧". Yahoo!かんたん決済. Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Credit Card Sample Image". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23.

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