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.coms - why are some successful?

Despite the difficulties many technology companies experienced when the dot-com bubble burst, Internet commerce (e-business) is here to stay.

1.What resources does an International Internet retailer need other than merely a storefront on the Internet?
2.Does it require fewer physical, financial, and human resources than a traditional retailer, or just as many? Explain.
3.Use the Library search engines and resources to research one of the following companies (Yahoo, Google, EBay, AOL, or other internet companies you may be aware of). Explain why it is so successful despite the failures of other dot.com organizations.

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For the report on the .com company, I recommend that you report on Paypal.com, an online company that processes online payments, mostly from E-Bay, which owns the company. The following site: http://www.screw-paypal.com/history.html, a Web site NOT complimentary to E-Bay or PayPal, lists nevertheless a fairly objective and factual history of the PayPal company at their site. You will need more sources that this one site to flesh out your report, but this one gives you an excellent start. Another resource is at http://www.forbes.com/2002/02/07/0207paypal.html.

With at least three resources, you should be able to write this short ...

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Paypal is a successful .com - why? Web-based references for an eventual paper, along with answers to two questions about online businesses - what is needed to establish one, and are those the same resources needed for an on-site business?