Livingston (2002) shows that bidders in Internet auctions are easily convinced of a seller’s trustworthiness: they bid large amounts even if sellers have barely established a reputation for performance, suggesting that they believe that typical sellers usually perform. This study reinforces this conclusion by looking at how bidders choose which auction to bid in when there are several that are selling the same item. The analysis shows that so long as a seller has some history, bidders consider bidding in the seller’s auction. They then choose auctions that offer the best chance to obtain the good at the lowest price.
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