"About once a week, Michelle Valentine visits a favorite online auction site and either places a bid or puts something up for sale. But she's not visiting eBay. In fact, she's not even dealing in physical goods.
Valentine is a regular user of the auction feature in There Inc.'s online virtual world, or 'metaverse.' The feature helps thousands of There members move all manner of virtual goods they've created and is a prime driver in the development of a new and exploding economy."