Abstract: Information is gathered from merchants such as car dealers by online forms or other means soliciting particular differentiating factors such as services and specialties (e.g., languages spoken, financing options, other information). When a consumer desires to perform a search, he or she is asked by the exemplary illustrative non-limiting implementation to input a geographical location. The illustrative exemplary non-limiting implementation may then access the merchant database and retrieve listings that comply with the geographical restraint the user requested. Those listings may be further filtered based on the user's specification of additional constraints related to specialties and/or servicesBy conveniently selecting such options (e.g., in one implementation, by simply checking a box on a web page), the users can be automatically presented with a new, filtered listing that lists only those merchants meeting the predetermined criteria the user has specified.
Abstract: Online auction-style listing and transaction system provides new features including for example allowing sellers to issue offers to sell before auction-style listing completion to encourage direct negotiation between seller and buyer for an out-of channel transaction; postponing auction-style end upon receipt of a last-minute bid to prevent sniping; allowing sellers to contact buyers registering adverse ratings before the ratings are published; allowing sellers to terminate listings before end of auction-style listing and/or to move the listing to a classified ad from an auction-style listing; and other features.
September 11, 2003
July 1, 2004
Esther Dabney, Greg Easterly, Brad Mohs, Michael Mullis, Mike Winn