Bramsen, Jens-Martin (2008): Bid early and get it cheap - Timing effects in Internet auctions.
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Most internet auction sites, like eBay, use a proxy bidding system where bidders can put in their maximum bid and let a proxy bidder (a computer) bid for them. Yet many bidders speculate about how to bid and employ bidding strategies. This paper examines how the timing of bids can affect the ﬁnal price. In a unique data set of 17,000 Scandinavian furniture auctions it turns out that early price increases, i.e. much early bidding, scare off bidders and therefore result in lower prices, whereas much late bidding results in higher prices. Sniping is therefore not a successful strategy to avoid bidding wars.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Bid early and get it cheap - Timing effects in Internet auctions|
|Keywords:||Internet auctions, Auction fever, Pseudo-endowment, Bidding behavior, eBay, Strategies, WTP|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D12 - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D44 - Auctions
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing
|Depositing User:||Jens-Martin Bramsen|
|Date Deposited:||24. Apr 2009 00:52|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 17:02|
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