This is the real world, sites change hands, businesses are sold, and nobody can predict it.
So when a store owning two Yahoo! stores with the same Yahoo IDs needs to sell one of the stores to someone else (with a different Yahoo! Id) it would seem to be a simple matter.
Well, it’s not.
Yahoo will not allow you to re-associate a Yahoo! Store with a new Yahoo ID. You must **close** the Yahoo! store and open it with a NEW ID and a NEW DOMAIN NAME. Essentially, it will kill you!
How hard could it be for them to provide a transition mechanism for this situation?
NEVER, EVER EVER use the same Yahoo! Id for more than one Yahoo Store or Yahoo Merchant Solutions account. ALWAYS use a unique, non-personal, special ID for it.
Never use your own personal Yahoo! ID for a Yahoo store. Always make up a new one that “belongs” to the store.
I have been through this FIVE times, and each of these times my clients have been the victim of this nightmare. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth for recommending Yahoo! Merchant Solutions anymore.
[one update: 1/24/06: I managed to get a store fixed after a number of emails and what apparantly was a bunch of trouble for my rep. He came through for me and we were able to recover a domain name for use in a new store. Kudos to Randy Yim and staff members involved for saving my butt. Please make this easier!]