Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday February 20, 2016

Study: Male Sellers On eBay Have Edge Over Women

While gender bias is certainly alive and well, I am a little skeptical of this studyآ—aside from countless other variables, some of the researchers’ own experiments suggest that many can’t even tell whether an eBay user is male or female.

Successful sellers on eBay know certain things matter: item description, appealing photos, strong seller ratings and, of course, price. Now, a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances suggested another factor might make a subtle difference: whether the seller is a man or woman. Using data supplied by the company, researchers analyzed some 630,000 auction transactions on eBay in the United States and reported that, on average, when men and women with equal selling reputations sold the same products, women received lower prices than men.