By Ken Hillis
Daily eBay is the 1st scholarly research of the web industry that has develop into a world social, cultural and financial phenomenon. The eighteen new and vintage essays amassed the following study eBay from a large choice of views as a bellwether of flavor and fabric tradition; as a wealthy website of cultural, racial, and sexual discourse and perform; as an emergent media shape; and as a facilitator of worldwide consumerism. From outdated toys steeped in nostalgia to 'rare' restricted version sneakers, the individuals show that worth on eBay is rarely easily approximately 'price'. On any given day, greater than million goods are indexed on the market on eBay, from daily gadgets to kitsch and collectibles to the actually extraordinary. in view that its debut ten years in the past, eBay has speedy develop into a valuable vacation spot for hundreds of thousands of net browsers. in accordance with eBay itself, as much as 165,000 americans now make their dwelling by way of promoting in the course of the web site, and different company analysts venture that millions of people around the globe now make their residing via eBay.
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Extra info for Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting, And Desire
And I was and am quite happy with it. Except that, though I didn’t know it at the time, my search for the Big Crown Commander had inadvertently exposed me to the eBay bug. I got a little compulsive, eventually. I found myself coming down to my basement office every morning and going straight to that one particular bookmark. New auctions are posted daily on eBay, so there was always something new to look at. The first watch I bought was a Croton “Aquamedico,” a rare—or obscure, depending on how you look at it—Swiss manual-wind from the late ’40s or early ’50s, black dial with a white medical chapter ring.
I found the best one I’d ever seen, offered by Vince and Laura of Good Timing, who, by virtue of tagging all their items “(GOOD TIMING),” have built themselves the equivalent of a stall in cyberspace. Most sellers’ goods on eBay are spread, as it were, on the same huge blanket, but Vince and Laura’s tag allows them an edge in rep-building. I think it worked, the binge cure. Possibly because getting serious about choosing serious watches made the shuffling of pages a chore rather than a pleasure.
Full-page ads in wartime Fortune. I decided to go for it. To try and buy this thing. To import a unique object, physically, out of cyberspace. Well, out of Pennsylvania, actually, but I did experience this peculiar yearning to turn the not-so-clear scan on my screen into a physical object on my desk. And for all I knew, it might be the only Croton Aquamedico left, anywhere. ) On the night of the auction, after having carefully considered bidding strategy (and this with no prior experience of bidding in any kind of auction), I placed a bid for considerably less than the $200 limit I’d set for myself.
Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting, And Desire by Ken Hillis