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Walmart Second Price Auction

Advertisers place bids for ad space, and the highest bidder wins the space, but pays the amount of the second highest bid. This helps ensure that the winning advertiser pays a fair price for the ad space while incentivizing advertisers to bid higher.

What is a Walmart Second Price Auction?

In a second-price auction, the winner pays the second-highest bid instead of their own. This ensures that the winner does not overpay for the item and encourages bidders to be honest about their bids. The second price auction system has been widely adopted in various industries, from advertising to public procurement. It is an effective solution to prevent the winner’s curse.

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Why did Walmart move to a second price auction?

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, moved to a second price auction to prevent the ‘winner’s curse’. This phenomenon, which occurs when the winner of an auction overpays for the item won, can be highly detrimental to both the buyer and the seller. By adopting a second price auction system, Walmart aimed to incentivize bidders to bid their true value for the item, thus ensuring a fair price for both parties involved.

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