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Making a bid for auction mania

Sites everywhere are trying to emulate eBay's success with auctions. But issues such as competition and legal disputes present formidable challenges.

Sites everywhere are trying to emulate eBay's success with auctions. But issues such as legal disputes and brick-and-mortar competition present formidable challenges.

@Home makes auction deals
The broadband Net-access company signs on Egghead.com and First Auction as anchor tenants of its shopping channel.

"eBay effect" spurs auction sites higher


news analysis Call it the eBay effect: An Internet retailer shows interest in an online auction, and Wall Street promptly bids its stock price up 20 percent. But how many others can make this formula work?

McGwire ball sells, but not online
The baseball that king Mark McGwire hit out of the park for his record 70th homer was sold for more than $3 million at a sports memorabilia auction. But bids on Net auction site eBay didn't come anywhere close.

Priceline.com patent challenged
The auction site, which lets customers name their own prices for airline tickets online, faces a challenge to its key patent from an entrepreneur who claims that he developed the technology first.