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A comparison of the characteristics of eBay consumers and eBay nonconsumers

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Understanding the various variables that influence the success of eBay auctions has recently received much interest from academic researchers. Most studies concentrate on the effects of auction characteristics on the success of eBay auctions. A few studies identify consumer demographics that help predict the likelihood of consumers participating in eBay auctions. To date, however, no study has attempted to identify consumer personality traits, values and attitudes that may help predict whether or not a consumer will participate in eBay purchasing. This study examines a set of consumer demographics, values, attitudes and personality traits to assess these variables’ impact on eBay participation by consumers. Findings indicate that a consumer's family size and consumption motivation have an impact on their participation in eBay. Also this study finds that eBay consumers have a more positive attitude towards eBay than do eBay nonconsumers.Journal of Direct, Data and Digital Marketing Practice (2007) 9, 16–29. doi:10.1057/palgrave.dddmp.4350066

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2007

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