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Art auctions on eBay: An empirical study of bidders’ behavior on eBay
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the determinants of the number of bidders and final price of 1900s oil paintings auctioned by resellers or dealers on eBay art auctions. We find that starting price has negative effect on bidder’s decision whether to enter the auctions or not while seller reputation variables such as seller´s feedback, being top rate seller has a positive effect. Furthermore, auction theory is introduced to study the bidder´s behavior through auction characteristics and final price. We find that, interestingly, the seller´s reputation variables have no significant effect to the final price and the number of bidders has positive effect toward final price of art work. This evidence means that art auctions on eBay has a private value auctions characteristic. However, some specific characteristics of online auctions, which are the last minute bidding and the presence of experienced bidders, significantly affect the final price. Being an experienced winner or using last minute bidding as a strategy substantially pay more than inexperienced winners or winners who do not use last minute bidding in auctioned painting. This could result from different preference of bidders toward auctioned painting or information on which each bidder is holding.

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2011. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
eBay, auction theory, Late bidding, Sniping, online art auctions
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15890OAI: diva2:435871
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-20 Last updated: 2011-08-22Bibliographically approved

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