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Snap Goes Bidding With CityAuction

Portal site Snap has teamed up with CityAuction to form a co-branded auction classifieds service, Snap CityAuction.

The new service combines Snap's local content with CityAuction's geographically targeted person-to-person service, intended to provide users with the option to trade either locally or long distance.

"Snap is focused on helping our users tap the power of the Internet to make their lives easier," said Edmond Sanctis, chief operating officer of Snap. "Snap CityAuction is a great example. It's a practical, fun and incredibly easy way for people to buy and sell anything, from computers to collectibles."

The site is linked from the Snap classifieds channel, and includes categories such as books, movies and music, collectibles, computers and software, electronics and appliances, jewelry and sporting goods. The service also includes a notify feature, where users can enter keywords of items they are looking for and CityAuction will notify the user when the item is placed for auction.

"Our dream is to build CityAuction into the single place where people can buy and sell absolutely anything on the Internet," said Andy Rebele, founder of CityAuction.

"By partnering with Snap, we introduce this resource to a much larger group of people. With the consumer brand of NBC and the Internet expertise of CNET, Snap is the perfect way for us to reach out to new customers."

Tuesday's agreement adds Snap to the growing list of sites offering auctions. Yahoo!, Excite and America Online also added auction services to their host of offerings recently.