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Yahoo Auctions

Yahoo Auctions is a free online auction service that provides a marketplace for buyers and sellers to find one another and conduct business. In order to bid on or sell merchandise using Yahoo Auctions, you must be a registered Yahoo user.

Information Collection and Use Practices

  • The first time you place an item up for bid as a seller, or when you engage in multiple auctions as a bidder, Yahoo will ask you to verify your Yahoo account with a credit card. In addition to your credit card information, Yahoo asks for your name, email address, and postal code. You will not be charged a fee for this verification.
  • When you use the "Email to a Friend" link, Yahoo will prefill a form with the name and email address we have for you in our records. You enter the email address for the person you want to receive the notice. Yahoo will use that email address to transmit your message and not for any marketing purpose.
  • When you submit a testimonial about your experience on Yahoo Auctions, we will ask for your name, email address, Yahoo ID, and information about your experience. If you indicate that we may quote you, your name and experience may be shared with others, and you may be contacted about your experience.
  • When you bid on an item on Yahoo Auctions, you must enter the amount of your bid and your password. This bid will be publicly available in the auction bid history along with your Yahoo ID or alias that you are bidding under.
  • When an auction has successfully closed, buyers and sellers are invited to rate one another. All ratings for a buyer or seller are publicly displayed under the "Ratings" tab of a user's Auction Profile. Both parties (the party that was rated as well as the party that did the rating) are identified with their Yahoo IDs and with a link to the auction that they transacted within the rating itself.
  • In the Question & Answer section of each auction, bidders can submit questions for the seller. These questions, the answers, and your Yahoo ID or alias will be visible to the public.
  • When you create an Auctions Alert, Yahoo asks you to define what you wish to be alerted about (bids, new auctions in certain categories, etc.) and asks for an email address where your alert should be sent. You can modify or delete alerts at any time from the alerts section of Yahoo Auctions.

Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices

  • When an auction has been completed, Yahoo will transmit the contact information of the winning bidder to the seller and vice versa so that the parties can complete the transaction.

Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information

  • You can edit or delete your Auction settings by clicking on the "Options" link within Yahoo Auctions.


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