Engineers create system for combating manipulation of online product ratings
As online shopping continues to grow in popularity around the globe, shoppers increasingly depend upon consumer-based rating systems that vendors like Amazon.com and eBay use to rate products and sellers. But those rating ...
A seller's conspicuous consumption may undermine bond with consumers
(Phys.org) —What kind of judgments do buyers make based on the way a sellers present themselves? How do these judgments impact buyers' willingness to close a sale? Penn State Smeal College of Business researcher Lisa Bolton ...
When to rein in the stock market
The stock market should be regulated only during times of extraordinary financial disruptions when speculators can destroy healthy businesses, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar.
Keep an eye on stock short sellers to avoid losing in bond investments too, study says
(PhysOrg.com) -- Savvy investors who follow short sellers to predict bearish news about a companys stock -- and sell their stocks in that company to avoid losses -- should keep an eye on the companys bonds as ...
Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era
Tablet computers and electronic readers promise to eventually close the book on the ink-and-paper era as they transform the way people browse magazines, check news or lose themselves in novels.
Microsoft says Android e-reader violates patents
Microsoft on Monday accused Taiwan electronics colossus Foxconn and US book seller Barnes & Noble of using its patented technology in e-readers running on Google-backed Android software.
Online shoppers more likely to buy from white sellers than black
(PhysOrg.com) -- When a seller's race is evident in an online classified ad for an iPod nano, black sellers receive fewer offers and less money than white sellers, says a new Stanford study.
EBay trying to encourage people to sell more items
(AP) -- EBay hopes to lure more sellers by essentially doing away with "listing" fees for people who occasionally auction items on its site. Instead it will take a cut of the final selling price.
Wal-Mart and Amazon.com trade price cuts on books
(AP) -- An online book special offered by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is turning into a full-fledged price war with Amazon.com.
New eBay program aims to reward good sellers
(AP) -- EBay Inc. wants to attract more buyers to its online marketplace. So it's trying a new way of rewarding good sellers.
EBay's tweaks for sellers part of changes to site (Update)
(AP) -- More changes are coming to eBay. The online marketplace operator announced Tuesday that sellers will have new ways of listing items on the site.
Black market exists for children's lost comfort items
Any mommy and daddy whose child has lost a favorite blanket or stuffed animal knows the lengths they will go to make everything better again. But parents often are powerless, because the well-worn blankie their child loves ...