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Data is the Next ‘Intel Inside’

Whilst there are many web 2.0 apps available today, I would think that eBay is a good example of Data being the Next ‘Intel Inside’. eBay is an online auction and shopping website used practically by any person or business to sell their products to the world.

Users of eBay can either be an unregistered user that can only search and view for items that they would like to buy or be a registered user that gives them the option to search, view, buy or sell items on eBay. All data that eBay has on their website is created from the user/ business and ultimately is their main source of data. When users become registered to the site, they are given many options as to what they would like to do on the site, be it buying items or just selling off and old item they no longer wanted to somebody around the world that might want it.

There are many websites that use this function of an online auction, an example would have to be uBid, it has the same similarities as eBay but it is only available to US citizens and of course there’s Yahoo, even though it’s one of the biggest search engines available today, Yahoo also sells items.

eBay have been doing some minor updates to their site to allow for users to make some better adjustments when selling their item online, some of the updates are ‘excluding countries that you want to ship to’ and an improvement to the ‘unpaid item assistant’ allowing the seller to cancel the transaction if the buyer hasn’t paid in a certain time frame.

All data that is on eBay is from users creating their own product to be sold and thus making the data on eBay’s database important.



3 responses

  1. Hey Eric,

    Even though i haven’t used eBay, i think it’s on of the most ‘clicked’ website on the net. There’s a downside with using this service though, there are people who just tend to scam buyers as they post fake pictures and fake products to actually lure an unsuspecting user to purchase these products. Users must be vigilant in buying their products to avoid being scammed.


    March 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    • Karlo,

      Thanks for the comment, that is true; it is one of the most ‘clicked’ websites on the net. As well that is quite right, eBay does tend to have people just using the site as a way of scamming people into claiming their personal details.

      March 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

  2. adamcarew

    hello Eric,

    eBay is an excellent website and an awesome example for this topic! I almost need a restraining order too keep away from it haha… have you seen the auction site where you have to pay for your bids? It’s ridiculous!! but I agree eBay fits the pattern very well.

    Adam Carew

    March 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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