The Five Different Types of E-Commerce


The Five Different Types of E-Commerce

E-commerce is the process of buying and selling of various products and services by businesses through the Internet. It deals various kind of business concern, from retail site of the consumer, which includes auction. The main focus is to concentrate on business substitutes involving goods and services between various corporations.

E-commerce is the purpose of Internet and the web to Conduct business but when we concentrate on commercial deals among organizations and individuals demanding selective information systems under the guarantee of the firm it accepts the form of e-business. Nowadays, the word ‘e’ is hitting momentum. If you’re looking to get into this business, one of the fore most thing you have to have is a virtual private cloud hosting keeping the traffic in mind and respecting customers valuable time.

There are primarily five types of e-commerce models

Business to Consumer (B2C)

business to consumer

B2C stands for Business to Consumer as the name suggests, it is the model taking businesses and consumers interaction.Online business sells to individuals. The basic concept of this model is to sell the product online to the consumers.

B2c is the indirect trade between the company and consumers. It provides direct selling through online. For example: if you want to sell goods and services to customer so that anybody can purchase any products directly from supplier’s website.

Directly interact with the customers is the main difference with other business model. AsB2B it manages directly relationship with consumers, B2C supply chains normally dealwith business that are related to the customer.

Business to Business (B2B)

types of e-commerce

B2B stands for Business to Business. It consists of largest form of Ecommerce. This model defines that Buyer and seller are two different entities. It is similar to manufacturer issuing goods to the retailer or wholesaler.  Dell deals computers and other associated accessories online but it is does not make up all those products. So, in govern to deal those products, first step is to purchases them from unlike businesses i.e. the producers of those products.

“It is one of the cost effective way to sell out product through out the world”


  • Encourage your businesses online
  • Products import and export
  • Determine buyers and suppliers
  • Position trade guides

Consumer to Consumer (C2C)

consumer to consumerC2C stands for Consumer to Consumer. It helps the online dealing of goods or services among people. Though there is no major parties needed but the parties will not fulfill the transactions without the program which is supplied by the online market dealer such as eBay.

Peer to Peer (P2P)

peer 2 peer

It is a discipline that deal itself which assists people to instantly shares related computer files and computer sources without having to interact with central web server.If you are going to implement this model, both sides demand to install the expected software so that they could able to convey on the mutual platform. This kind of e-commerce has very low revenue propagation as from the starting it has been tended to the release of use due to which it sometimes caught involved in cyber laws.


Mobile COmmerce

It deals with conducting the transactions with the help of mobile. The mobile device consumers can interact each other and can lead the business. Mobile Commerce involves the change of ownership or rights to utilize goods and related services.

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  1. Hermitbiker October 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    …. the five different types of Ecommerce explained here…. thanks Ayaz !!

  2. kumara guru October 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Ayaz…The Creative Artist and the Businessman,Well done,my man! Walla.Keep it up.

    1. Ayaz Malik October 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

      Thanks alot Kumara 🙂

      1. Mayuresh April 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        B2B B2C C2C G2C

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  4. Abirami November 30, 2010 at 5:32 am

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  5. altteam March 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Thanks a lot for this article. It really helps to clarify the schemas of transactions.
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  6. Ayaz Malik March 1, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Glad you do 🙂

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    ya its nice but please give relevant topic under a website……

  8. aarti purohit March 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    thanks for the information of e com

  9. aarti purohit March 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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  12. Nafi May 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Would have been great if u give some examples in each types.. though its very helpful, thank MR. Ayaz

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    this is a good source of knowledge for e commerce

    1. Ayaz Malik July 15, 2011 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Chandra

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    1. Ayaz Malik July 15, 2011 at 6:27 am

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  26. annie July 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

    you have given v good knowledge but there are some other types of e-commerce not described like consumer to business and etc.

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  38. vishu October 7, 2011 at 2:00 am

    nice but incomplete……where’s c2b,b2g,g2c,g2g………..they all r part of e commerce……..

    1. Tayyab October 10, 2011 at 4:33 am

      this article is about e-commerce, not commerce.

  39. ram October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

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  59. nitin February 29, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Can u please tell me some CMS features for E-commerce.

    1. Tayyab February 29, 2012 at 1:59 am

      Well, in web development CMS means content management system, you can google it. I’m not sure if your commerce teacher is referring to this, that might be a commerce term.

  60. nitin March 1, 2012 at 1:33 am

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    1. Tayyab March 1, 2012 at 2:49 am

      I’m guessing you mean Ruby on Rails 3.0
      Sorry, we don’t have any coder working in that language…. and believe me, if you aren’t a coder, Ruby on Rails isn’t an easy task.

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  65. antwi eric April 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I want to learn more about Ecommerce

  66. Chris April 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Could do with a couple example websites for each one

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  72. Mwaba Chuma May 29, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Thank you for the information on e-commerce. It has really helped me understand the different models of e-commerce. Above all it has made my life much easier in terms writing my assignment. Rgds, Mwaba

  73. neeraj June 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    can you tell me several e-commerce online resources available and how they help selling of products online?? is it throught he models described above or the “resources” are different from the models.
    kindly anyone. reply asap.
    thank you.

    1. Tayyab June 3, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Well neeraj, you’ll have to elaborate your question a little. All the websites working in ecommerce industry, such as ebay and can be considered resources. Services like Paypal and Alertpay can also be resources, and so on.

  74. sonu nigam arya December 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    nice articles & it is easy to understand.thanks.

  75. Kunal January 15, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Ayaz Can you please explain P2P example

    1. Ayaz Malik January 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

      P2P (peer to peer) is an internet based system through which all participants (i.e. team members) can collaborate with each other simultaneously. Everybody, at however distance they may be, can share files and work on projects almost as efficiently as if they were sitting in the same room. Google for more :}

  76. Preity February 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Love your brief and lucid explanation.. So helpful and very easy to understand..
    Helped me a lot for my final year college presentation..

  77. Audrey M May 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the graphics, it made it a fun read!

  78. penny nakibuule May 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    thx but i mostly wanted examples on each type.

  79. mohammed imran July 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

    nice……………….very usefull

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