Everyday Ebay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire

Everyday Ebay Culture Collecting and Desire Everyday eBay is the first scholarly analysis of the internet marketplace that has become a global social cultural and economic phenomenon The eighteen new and classic essays gathered here examine eB

  • Title: Everyday Ebay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire
  • Author: Ken Hillis Michael Petit
  • ISBN: 9780415974363
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyday eBay is the first scholarly analysis of the internet marketplace that has become a global social, cultural and economic phenomenon The eighteen new and classic essays gathered here examine eBay from a wide variety of perspectives as a bellwether of taste and material culture as a rich site of cultural, racial, and sexual discourse and practice as an emergent meEveryday eBay is the first scholarly analysis of the internet marketplace that has become a global social, cultural and economic phenomenon The eighteen new and classic essays gathered here examine eBay from a wide variety of perspectives as a bellwether of taste and material culture as a rich site of cultural, racial, and sexual discourse and practice as an emergent media form and as a facilitator of global consumerism From old toys steeped in nostalgia to rare limited edition shoes, the contributors demonstrate that value on eBay is never simply about price.On any given day, than two million items are listed for sale on eBay, from everyday objects to kitsch and collectibles to the truly bizarre Since its debut ten years ago, eBay has quickly become a central destination for millions of web browsers According to eBay itself, up to 165,000 Americans now make their living by selling through the website, and other business analysts project that hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide now make their living through eBay.

    One thought on “Everyday Ebay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire”

    1. You need to know that this is a scholarly analysis of eBay as a phenomenon, not a how to sell on eBay guide. I was hoping for insight and data about collectors - who is buying (urban, rural, rich, poor?) and why (nostalgia? need?). Instead this discusses much broader level issues: is eBay a frictionless economy, who is selling art, the nature of online identity, and how the community polices itself. It's fairly accessible for an academic work (and doesn't look or feel academic from the outside) [...]

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