International Journal of Cyber Society and Education, Vol 5, No 1 (2012)

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

Julia Zhi-Xian Zhao, Joyce Lee


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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