07363246 is referenced by 125 patents and cites 76 patents.

A method and system are provided that enable buyers and sellers to communicate with each other and to negotiate the purchase terms of featured merchandise in a group-buying opportunity. Sellers and buyers may use various forms of on-line group-buying mechanisms in conjunction with the negotiation features of the invention. Buyers may send various inquiries to sellers regarding merchandise offered for sale through the on-line group-buying sale. Sellers may respond to buyer questions and queries, and in some instances, sellers may communicate instructions to the on-line group-buying mechanism to alter the course of an on-line group-buying sale in progress, e.g., a further reduction in price. The method and system further provides a mechanism for calculating a demand curve based on received buyer offers and applying the demand curve to an on-line group-buying sale.

Title
System and method for enhancing buyer and seller interaction during a group-buying sale
Application Number
9/596921
Publication Number
7363246 (B1)
Application Date
June 19, 2000
Publication Date
April 22, 2008
Inventor
Kevin Dean Wampler
Bellevue
WA, US
Richard V Halbert
Redmond
WA, US
Dale A Woodford
Redmond
WA, US
Tom Van Horn
Bellevue
WA, US
Agent
Fenwick & West
Assignee
Vulcan Portals
WA, US
IPC
G06Q 30/00
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