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The Interplay of Virtual Communities: A Multiple Case Study of E-Retailers in Yahoo E-Auctions

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Author(s): Julia Zhi-Xian Zhao | Joyce Lee

Journal: International Journal of Cyber Society and Education
ISSN 1995-6649

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: E-commerce | Virtual community | E-auction | Yahoo!

ABSTRACT
This study investigated how businesses operate e-shops in a transaction-oriented virtual community. This research employed a multiple case study approach by observing three cases of e-retailers, as being new e-commerce initiates, operating their businesses on the Yahoo! e-auction website. The results showed that e-shops displaying amusing stories can attract site visitors and “spick and span” e-shop design format can be helpful for converting visitors into buyers.
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