This paper presents findings from an interpretive study concerning the social processes involved in the act of bidding on the internet auction site eBay.com. Interpretations of depth interviews provide insights to the dynamic social forum of internet auction sites and their dissimilarity from both traditional retail venues and online stores. Participants' stories suggest how competing and a desire to maintain community norms can create conflict in the form of a struggle for control. Following a grounded theory tradition, emergent themes are integrated with relevant research that involves behavioural, emotional and social structural components. This study contributes to our understanding of unique social psychological aspects of online consumer behaviour. We also discuss implications for marketers and researchers.
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Waste management in Algeria - Case Study
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Valdelentisco SWRO Desalination Plant - Case Study
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The silence of the lambs - Case study
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Study: Fast, effective method removes 99% of BPA from water within 30 minutes
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New analysis of snowpack data by two research groups has changed conventional understanding of the mechanics of snowmelt: Both teams found warmer weather may change the amount of snow as well as how it melts.These studies are important in developing a better understanding of the amount of water available in snow (known as snow-water equivalent). This information can be used to calculate the amount of runoff bound for reservoirs and available for hydrogeneration. Understanding this influence on water shortages and...