Article Critique of Ebay

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EBay's hugely successful online auction site is pioneering new forms of law enforcement. But at what cost, asks Eugenie Samuel Reich.

Fair cop from New Scientist volume 183 issues 2454 - 03 July 2004, page 26

Founded in September 1995, eBay is the leading online marketplace for the sale of goods and services by a diverse community of individuals and businesses. Today, the eBay community includes 46.1 million registered users, and it is the most popular shopping site on the Internet when measured by total user minutes according to Media Metrix. It generated new forms of law enforcement about internet trading, however, the cost does exist as suggested by Eugenie Samuel Reich. In this article, the author talked about the background and the basic operation of eBay, the issues occurred due to this new found internet trading and he also used both positive and negative cases to prove the usefulness of new forms of law enforcement.

The crisis occurs in eBay is there are fraudster and crooks appeared in the online auctions. They collected the payments from the buyer but never sent the goods or some of them even selling fake items. In 2002, there was more than $14 million being defrauded in the auctions in US. To encounter this crisis, they invented a "feedback" system in which both buyers and sellers rate each other by giving a positive or negative comment when they complete their trade. These comments will keep as a record and every buyers or sellers will check their trading history in order to decide doing business with them or not. To the problem of copyright and selling of non-genuine items, there is a team of security experts cooperates closely with law enforcement agencies and copyright owners to protect their legitimate interests. There are undercover agents cooperate...