Emotional bidders - An analytical and experimental examination of consumers' behavior in a priceline-like reverse auction


Journal Article

E-commerce has proved to be fertile ground for new business models, which may be patented (for up to 20 years) and have potentially far-reaching impact on the e-commerce landscape. One such electronic market is the reverse-auction model popularized by Priceline.com. There is still uncertainty surrounding the survival of such new electronic markets currently available on the Internet. Understanding user behavior is necessary for better assessment of these sites' survival. This paper adds to economic analysis a formal representation of the emotions evoked by the auction process, specifically, the excitement of winning if a bid is accepted, and the frustration of losing if it is not. We generate and empirically test a number of insights related to (1) the impact of expected excitement at winning, and frustration at losing, on bids across consumers and biddings scenarios; and (2) the dynamic nature of the bidding behavior - that is, how winning and losing in previous bids influence their future bidding behavior. © 2005 INFORMS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ding, M; Eliashberg, J; Huber, J; Saini, R

Published Date

  • March 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 352 - 364

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0025-1909

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1287/mnsc.1040.0331

Citation Source

  • Scopus