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Good Experience

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'Good Experience.'


Read the following articles located in your reading pack and use them in this week's discussion.

Web Services Upend Old Ideas About the Little Guy's Role
Wary of a New Web Idea That Rings Old
The New, Sleek Airline Web Site
Tracking eBay's New Bid
A Web Site So Hip It Gets Laddies to Watch the Ads
Former Channel 4 chief to make online programmes
Turning a hobby into a cottage industry - via eBay
Waiting for the Dough on the Web

Unfortunately many of the sources that have been used for readings such as newspapers and magazines no longer keep their links active. For this reason, under Fair Use guidelines, you have been given a reading pack. You are not allowed to distribute the readings in any form.


Go to Ebay ( or ( and find at least three items that you would like to have. You do not have to bid on these items, but you do have to follow the auctions. Pick items where the auction will last at least three days and that there have been at least two bids. Consider yourself a real bidder and think of what a real bidder would do in the circumstances. If you want further information about the items don't hesitate to contact the seller.

*Before you can contact a seller you will have to register at Ebay. Don't worry, it's free and they won't be sending you SPAM. They make folks register to protect the seller from harassing emails. Also, you should do research on the item to see if the bidding represents the item's worth.

Refer to this exercise in this weeks discussion

Sheila Robinson is Joint Managing Director of Solvebrand, a business development and strategic marketing company with an expanding remit for New Media companies. She has been involved in product commercialisation for over 20 years. Originally she was employed by Blue Chip Corporates (Plessey - now Siemens, GEC and Monsanto), where she was part of the business development teams establishing markets and company development. Since 1988 she has worked in strategic economic development and company growth - developing the environment for New Media business partnerships and international deal making.


Use the following question to BEGIN this week's discussion.

What parallels do you find with this week's readings and what you witnessed by following the Ebay auctions? How do you think that places such as Ebay have helped the small business create an online presence?

Go to the Bulletin Board..
and begin the discussion


The first of our three Synchronous Chats will be this week. Check the BBS for details for time and place.


Here are some links to reports about specific industries and their use of e-commerce.

NUA Ecommerce | NUA Business Use | NUA Travel Industry | NUA Health Industry


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