Posted May 8, 2007 8:27 am by with 8 comments

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If you’re juggling too many balls, it’s better to make the conscious decision to remove some of them, than let them fall to the floor and look incompetent. That appears to be the strategy Yahoo is taking with the announcement of the closure of Yahoo Auction sites in the US and Canada.

Following on from the recent shutdown of Yahoo Photos, Yahoo plans to shutter Yahoo Auctions for North America beginning June 3rd.

After careful consideration, we have decided to close down our Yahoo! US and Canada Auction sites to better serve our valued customers through other Yahoo! properties.

If you’re a Yahoo Auction user, here are some dates you need to know.

  • Last day to list an item: June 3, 2007
  • Listings will not auto re-submit after June 3, 2007. (This could mean that your listings may not be submitted 5 times) 
  • Last day to Bid/Buy: June 16, 2007
  • Last day to access remaining site tools such as My Account: October 29, 2007

The shutdown doesn’t include sites in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan – which must be bringing in enough money to make them worthwhile.

I wonder if Jack Welch is consulting for Yahoo? It certainly appears Yahoo is following his business mantra of getting out of any business you’re not #1 or #2 in.

Via Inside Google.

  • Gen Kanai

    They won’t close Japan either. (Besides which Japan is not wholly owned by Sunnyvale.)

    A class of Wharton fellows looked at eBay’s failure in Japan and how Yahoo! Japan outmaneuvered them. I’ve got that and a bunch of other links on my blog from about 2 years ago.

  • Dario

    It appears that Yahoo! is trying to focus mainly on their most important products. I work at an auction site in latin america and quite frankly never heard about them till today. Don’t think it’s because I don’t do my daily internet reading! :)

  • Jon

    Be cool if Google will buy out Yahoo and then Google will have their own eBay killer auction site and leave Microsoft in the dust as far as search goes.

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  • Webmaster Money

    I never heard that Yahoo has Auction site also. I am using only eBay and waiting if Google brings some auction.

  • Krystal

    EBid the UK based auction site
    which has sites in the US, Canada & Australia as well as the UK, is offering a special time limited deal to all US & Canadian Yahoo Auction members.
    Not only will they import all feedback, but will also give free platinum lifetime membership (worth $99.00) to eBid as well. More details can be found in the News section of their forums.

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