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It worked for collectibles. Now websites are auctioning workers, and jobs, online

Amid the mountains of baseball cards and cookie jars up for grabs on eBay's Net bazaar, one offer stood out this spring: "Team of 16 employees from major ISP willing to leave as a group," the posting read. "Total minimum bid would be $3,140,000." To even the most avid online collector, this seemed far-fetched--not to mention medieval--as if a package deal of techies could be bartered like a set of Limoges china or Star Wars lunch boxes. Surely it had to be a hoax.

Jeff Taylor knew what he was seeing was no joke. Since January, Taylor, the founder of...

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