A “virtual marketplace” is a platform based on digital technologies in so-called virtual space or cyberspace, which makes it possible for supply and demand for certain goods to come together. To this end, suppliers and customers are brought together, a reconciliation of interests is brought about via market mechanisms and, finally, the transaction is made possible.

A “virtual marketplace” is a “market” in the economic sense. A “virtual marketplace” is form of a “digital market”.

Examples of “virtual marketplaces” are the securities trading platforms of stock exchanges or the Internet platforms of online auction houses.

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The definition given above was proposed as part of the Digital Era Framework by Dr. Dr. Jörn Lengsfeld. The text was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Digital Era Framework. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.