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Going Green:

eBay and its Green Commerce Push

If you’ve ever bought something on eBay, you probably not only saved money, but indirectly you helped recycle. eBay, the world’s largest online and shopping consumer-to-consumer site, claims to be powering a global “recommerce” or green commerce revolution, helping people think different not just about what they buy, but how they buy. Using the power of the web, potential buyers and sellers are able to exchange and reuse goods rather than purchase new ones. EBay’s model has a built-in environmental sustainability element – extending products’ lifespan by finding new homes for used goods. In turn, cost savings are significant, and landfill waste is reduced too.

Answers to Questions for Critical Thinking

1.Do you think eBay sells more used good or new goods?  Why? Why not?

2.In what other ways have you witnessed technology creating a green exchange effort for individuals and companies? Provide Examples.

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