A case study of an on-line auction for the World Wide Web

  • Ingvar Tjøstheim
  • Jan-Olav Eide


Auctions are a well-known market-mechanism. As a way of negotiating a price for products they are very much in accordance with traditional supply-and-demand thinking. An Internet or on-line auction can be viewed and discussed from a number of perspectives; e.g. a technical, a functional (user) or a consumer behaviour perspective. In this paper we refer to consumer behaviour, a sub-field in marketing science. In addition, we also refer to electronic commerce (EC) a relatively new field (Wigand, 1997) which is attracting more and more attention in academia. As a result, a number of international journals have been established. These include Electronic Markets (http://www., International Journal of Electronic Commerce ( edu/ijec/) and Journal of Computer Mediated Communication ( (JCMC). The JCMC has a broad focus, but should be mentioned because of the attention EC is given. With regard to definitions, we refer to (Wigand & Benjamin, 1996), (Wigand, 1997) and (Garcia, 1997). Moreover, in the next issue of EM-Electronic Markets (Vol. 7 no. 4 1997) electronic auctions will be discussed.


Consumer Behaviour Online Auction Electronic Market Electronic Marketplace Computer Mediate Communication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingvar Tjøstheim
    • 1
  • Jan-Olav Eide
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Computing Center (NR)Norway

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