Advantages get what you want a fair ammount of the time
Disadvantages there is a few but it is mostly a good site
Yahoo! Auctions is not a bad site, but it tries to be too much like eBay, and that's just not going to cut it these days. Yahoo! Auctions, like eBay, offers tons of categories, user ratings, a notification service that you can set to e-mail you when certain items up put up for bid, and a good number of items.Unless Yahoo! comes up with something to offer users that eBay doesn't, the site will always come in behind eBay. This, I believe, is because eBay always has a lot more things to offer that Yahoo!, so where are you going to look first? Also, there are more eBay users, evidently, so where are you going to want to list your item first? Yahoo! Auctions has the problem of giving people an incentive for shopping there before checking out things on eBay. Unless they can come up with that incentive, then I don't know how Yahoo! can cut into eBay's substantial domination of the on-line auction market.
Also, eBay seems to have lower prices than Yahoo! Auctions consistently. More items for sale means more competition, and that results in lower prices.One thing that bugs the heck out of me about Yahoo! Auctions is this -- what's the deal with all the porn, man? Why does it pop up in weird categories on the site? Why is that I've set up reminders to keep a look out on the site for classic video games, and I find ads for compact discs featuring photos or movies of women doing all sorts of things arriving in my e-mail with information about the items I might actually want to buy? What in God's name have I done to deserve that? Hey, I've got a Wife and a kid here, and I don't want any of that stuff around here.
Also bothersome are those "get rich quick" discs, pull free software out of Microsoft stuff and such that seem to be everywhere on this site. Now, porn and pesky compact discs might be all over the place on eBay, too, but I haven't run across a lot of it. When I browse a category on eBay, I get items that are actually relevant to that category. Such is not always the case with Yahoo! Auctions. It's not always the case with Amazon.com, for that matter.So, Yahoo! certainly has potential, but it had better come up with something that will draw in substantially more users if it's going to give eBay any serious competition.
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