Effect of Bargaining in Electronic Commerce

Ting-Peng Liang and Her-Sen Doong
International Journal of Electronic Commerce,
Volume 4, Number 3, Spring 2000, pp. 23.

Abstract: Internet business has grown at an unprecedented rate in the past several years. Recent research has found that the functions provided by a store have a significant impact on customer purchase decisions. Price bargaining is a common practice in traditional businesses, and this study investigates its effect in electronic commerce, focusing on three different bargaining strategies. An intelligent agent that allows customers to bargain for a better price was implemented and integrated into experimental stores. The results show that consumers prefer shopping at bargaining stores even when there is no financial gain. Different bargaining strategies and customer personalities may also affect the outcome and customer satisfaction.

Key Words and Phrases
: Electronic commerce, intelligent agents, price bargaining.