Do Auction Bidders “ Really ” Want to Win the Item , or Do They Simply Want to Win ?

  title={Do Auction Bidders “ Really ” Want to Win the Item , or Do They Simply Want to Win ?},
  author={James R. Wolf and Hal R. Arkes and Waleed A. Muhanna},
This article describes three experiments designed to investigate the effects of competition and attachment on auction bidder behavior. For each study, in order to isolate bidders' desire to win the item from bidders’ desire to simply win the auction, we constructed survey experiments with participants divided into two groups. Both groups bid on a certificate that could be exchanged for an attractive gift, but for one of the groups the certificate number was changed, although the gift for which… CONTINUE READING

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