Yahoo bids goodbye to its auction site

Yahoo Inc. is shutting down its North American online auction site as of June 3 in an effort to focus on other products. "We are committed to ensuring that existing auctions are carried until the last day to sell," according to a statement from the company. "In addition, we will continue to offer the superior customer service and support our auctions users have come to expect through the years. This includes providing our auctions users with pre-listing and post-auction customer service for a reasonable time frame." According to Yahoo, June 3 is the last day to list or sell an item and all auctions will end by June 16. Users of Yahoo U.S. and Canada auctions will have limited accessibility through Oct. 29. During that time ,Yahoo said it will continue to provide its sellers, bidders and buyers with customer care and services, including a limited set of site features and tools. Yahoo Auctions was launched in September 1998. In addition, beginning this summer, Yahoo will close down its photo site. Yahoo said it plans to give users three months to move their photos to another online service such as Flickr, Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery, Snapfish or Photobucket. Yahoo Photos users who choose to join Flickr will receive a free three-month subscription to Flickr Pro, according to the statement. "People are changing the way they use photography, and we have decided to shift our focus accordingly," Yahoo said. "Now that digital photography is both prevalent and easy, it is quickly evolving from its original purpose as a means to preserve memories into a social activity that allows people to communicate and connect."

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