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eBay was founded in 1995 by the US based Internet entrepreneur Pierre
Omidyar and was the first online auction marketplace where people can buy and
sale goods to other Internet users. With over 150 million customers globally
today eBay is the Worlds largest online marketplace operating in over
thirty separate markets representing millions of items across thousands of diverse
categories. As well as being the largest online marketplace regional eBay
marketplaces often top their region for market share of Internet sales and purchases.
In the 1990's Pierre was an early enthusiast of the Internet and the opportunities
it presented. His partner had a growing Pez (the sweet dispenser) collection
and was having difficulty finding similarly minded people to trade with. Pierre
thought that the Internet could provide a central virtual marketplace for individuals
and small businesses to sell, meet & promote their goods and services to others
with similar niche interests. eBay development started soon after and
on it's launch this novel idea proved extraordinary popular and became a whirlwind
success within the US Internet community. Soon eBay buying began to attract
customers from other countries and development of separate global marketplaces
began in earnest.
The UK eBay marketplace was launched in October 1999, and is the countries
largest online market place and No. 1 e-commerce site. There are over 10,000,000
UK eBay registered users and live listings of over 3,000,000 items for sale
at any time on the United Kingdom site. These three million items are spread
over their broad range of categories - there are over 10,000 distinct sections
to browse or search through. eBay UK continues to grow in strength and
the company recently reported that the regional marketplace reached a quarter
revenue of $100,000,000 (compared with their total net revenue for the quarter
of over $1 billion).
Popular sections of the UK eBay buying marketplace include the following:
- eBay motors
- Office furniture
- Musical instruments
- DVD players
- Concert tickets
- Antique clocks
- Garden furniture
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eBay Products and Services OfferedThings you can buy from eBay's online shop include the following:
Antiques & Art - Decorative Arts, Asian/ Oriental Antiques, Arts & Crafts Movement, Silver, Art Deco.
Automotive - Motorcycles Parts and Accessories, Classic Cars, Yamaha, Motorcycles, Kawasaki.
Baby - Nursery Decoration and Furniture, Safety, Baby Carriers/ Backpacks, Baby Gifts, Twins and Multiples.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Non-Fiction Books, Educational/ Textbooks, First Editions, Audio Books, Children's Books.
Business, Office and Industrial - Agriculture/ Farming, Medical/ Lab Equipment, Manufacturing and Metalworking, Industrial Tools, Restaurant and Catering.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Boys' Shoes, Girls' Shoes, Women's Underwear and Swimwear, Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing.
Coins - Banknotes, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Tokens, Bullion/ Bars, Coins.
Collectables - Sewing/ Fabric/ Textiles, Breweriana, Advertising, Masonic, Decorative Ornaments/ Plates.
Computing - Printers, Drives/ Storage, Networking, Peripherals, Books and Manuals.
Consumer Electronics - GPS, Portable Audio, Televisions, Gadgets, MP3 Players.
Crafts - Ceramic and Pottery Making, Other Crafts, Cake Decorating, Children's Crafts, Cross Stitch.
DVD, Film & TV - Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Accessories/ Storage, DVDs, Film Memorabilia, Other Film Formats.
Dolls & Bears - Dolls' Houses, Doll Accessories, Bears, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls.
Health & Beauty - Bath and Body, Other Health and Beauty, Medical/ Special Needs, Natural Therapies, Hair Removal.
Home & Garden - Pet Supplies, DIY Materials and Tools, Bedroom, Major Appliances, Cleaning.
Jewellery & Watches - Watches, Beads, Fine Jewellery, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies, Men's Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Multimedia Cards/ Memory, Mobile Phone Accessories, Home Phones, Sim Cards, Mobile Batteries and Chargers.
Music - Records, CDs, Music Memorabilia, Other Music Formats, Accessories/ Storage.
Musical Instruments - Keyboard/ Piano, Pro Audio/ Equipment, Accessories/ Equipment, Woodwind, String.
PC & Video Gaming - Vintage Gaming, Internet Games, Other PC and Video Gaming, PC Games, Sony PSP.
Photography - Digital Camera Memory, Film Camera Accessories, Darkroom and Developing, Camcorder Accessories, Binoculars and Telescopes.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Denby/ Langley/ Lovatt, Jersey, Dunoon, Paragon, Crown Staffordshire.
Sporting Goods - Equestrian, Hockey, Snooker and Pool, Climbing/ Mountaineering, Windsurfing.
Sports Memorabilia - Football Memorabilia, Subbuteo, American Football Memorabilia, Horse Racing Memorabilia, Rugby League Memorabilia.
Stamps - African Stamps, Commemorative Stamps, Middle East Stamps, Stamp Albums, Military Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Sporting Events, Rail Travel, Other Travel, Exhibitions/ Shows, Travel Accessories.
Toys & Games - Steam, Creative Toys/ Activities, Other Toys and Games, Construction Toys and Kits, Soft Toys/ Stuffed Animals.
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