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Snipers, shills, & sharks : eBay and human behavior

Author: Kenneth Steiglitz
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every day on eBay, millions of people buy and sell a vast array of goods, from rare collectibles and antiques to used cars and celebrity memorabilia. The internet auction site is remarkably easy to use, which accounts in part for its huge popularity. But how dies eBay really work, and how does it compare to other kinds of auctions? These are questions that led Ken Steiglitz - computer scientist, collector of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Steiglitz
ISBN: 9780691127132 0691127131
OCLC Number: 70878048
Description: xix, 276 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: English and Vickrey Auctions --
From Vickrey to eBay --
eBay Strategies Observed --
What if eBay Were First-Price? --
The Signals that Sellers Send --
Prices! --
Transgressions.
Other Titles: Snipers, shills, and sharks
Responsibility: Ken Steiglitz.
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Shows us how human behaviors in open markets like eBay can be substantially more complex than those predicted by standard economic theory. This book reveals practical auction strategies and  Read more...

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