Men Earn More Money When They Sell On Ebay

March 21, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

eBay wage gapIan Sample wrote about a rather upsetting study:

  • Researchers found that women earn 20% less than men when selling the same products on eBay.
  • The effect is due to both male and female shoppers bidding less for items sold by women.
  • It’s especially confusing since past research has indicated that women generally have better reputations as sellers on eBay’s system than men.
  • There are some categories where women are able to command a higher price than men. These include Barbie dolls and, oddly, pet food.
  • Men, on the other hand, command a 270% premium on Nintendo Wiis, 61% on folding knives, and 20% on golf balls.
  • The researchers suggest that eBay bidders start looking for female sellers – they’ll get a discount, and eventually, as more people catch on, the disparity will disappear.

The full article has many more details and can be found here.

Source: The Guardian

Via: Marginal Revolution