An Easier Way to Buy Products Overseas

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Yahoo Japan and eBay have agreed to team up in online auctions, planning services for next year that will make it easier for consumers to buy things over the Internet from the U.S. and Japan.

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo says by March of 2008, Japanese residents will be able to bid for items up for sale on eBay through the Yahoo auction site in Japan.

By the middle of next year, similarly, a site will be set up allowing Americans to buy Yahoo Japan auction items through the eBay site.

Yahoo says the deal will facilitate "cross-border trading" and invigorate the online auction market.