Yahoo Auctions replaces Onsale Exchange, an online auction service previously available on the portal. The new auction feature uses Onsale's back-end technology and leverages the Yahoo brand name. "This is the first time we've had Yahoo-branded auctions," said Jeff Mallett, Yahoo's chief operating officer.
For Onsale's part, the deal offers a chance to reach Yahoo's coveted user base. "This relationship combines our respective strengths to build a dedicated auction arena and reach a broader audience of Web users," Onsale chief executive Jerry Kaplan said in a statement.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Asked whether the service offering by Yahoo was an effort to keep pace with competitor Excite's auction service, Mallett said the services were an answer to increasing requests from Yahoo's users.
Among the more than 2,000 auction categories offered on Yahoo Auction will be many standard items such as computers, home appliances, and collectibles. The service will be available free to both buyers and sellers.