Pricing and auctioning of bundled items among multiple sellers and buyers

  • US 8,041,611 B2
  • Filed: 11/18/2010
  • Issued: 10/18/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/30/2007
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of bundling goods and services for a user, the method comprising:

  • providing an electronic interface through which a user can define at least one desired characteristic of a desired bundle;

    receiving a user definition of the at least one desired characteristic through the electronic interface;

    determining and displaying a sorted list of candidate bundles that satisfy the at least one desired characteristic;

    mapping the at least one characteristic to normalized descriptions of a first and second item in a selected candidate bundle;

    using the at least one characteristic to automatically compute by a computer bundling system a new loose bundle having third and fourth items that are equivalent to the first and the second items, respectively, wherein the third and fourth items are not expressly selected by the user; and

    displaying an item-by-item comparison between the selected candidate bundle and the new loose bundle to the user.

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