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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
Check out what last minute bargains you can secure online at the UK eBay
marketplace including items with no reserve and bids that are ending in the
eBay buying - pick up a fantastic online bargain today.
eBay Products and Services OfferedThings you can buy from eBay's online shop include the following:
Antiques & Art - Carpets/ Rugs, Art Nouveau, Ethnographic Antiques, Modernist, Silver.
Automotive - Other Vehicles, Ford, Cars, Motorcycle Clothing and Helmets, Jaguar.
Baby - Potty Training, Toys and Activities, Maternity/ Pregnancy, Shoes and Trainers, Pushchairs and Prams.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Accessories, Educational/ Textbooks, Audio Books, Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), Modern Maps and Atlases.
Business, Office and Industrial - Restaurant and Catering, Printing and Graphic Arts, Building Materials and Supplies, Electrical and Test Equipment, Agriculture/ Farming.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Other Clothes, Girls' Clothing, Women's Bags, Women's Shoes, Women's Accessories.
Coins - Tokens, Banknotes, Bullion/ Bars, Coins, Share Certificates/ Bonds.
Collectables - Royalty, Keyrings, Moneyboxes/ Piggy Banks, Masonic, Paper and Ephemera.
Computing - Printer Ink and Cartridges, Books and Manuals, Desktop PCs, Scanners, Drives/ Storage.
Consumer Electronics - TV Accessories, Home Audio/ Hi Fi, Security Equipment, Gadgets, DJ Equipment.
Crafts - Latch-Hook/ Rug-Making, Woodworking, Other Crafts, Knitting, Glass Art Supplies.
DVD, Film & TV - DVDs, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Other Film Formats, Film Memorabilia, Accessories/ Storage.
Dolls & Bears - Dolls, Dolls' House Miniatures, Bears, Dolls' Houses, Doll Accessories.
Health & Beauty - Dieting/ Slimming, Vision/ Glasses/ Lenses, Tattoos/ Body Art, Dental Care, Health Care.
Home & Garden - Storage, Safety and Security, Cards/ Stationery, Dining Room, Decorative Items.
Jewellery & Watches - Watches, Fine Jewellery, Men's Jewellery, Costume Jewellery, Ethnic and Tribal Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Pagers, Sim Cards, Mobile Phone Fascias, Mobile Phones with Contract, Ringtones.
Music - CDs, Music Memorabilia, Records, Cassettes, Other Music Formats.
Musical Instruments - Other Musical Instruments, Brass, Keyboard/ Piano, Accessories/ Equipment, Sheet Music/ Song Books.
PC & Video Gaming - Merchandise/ Books, Sega, Internet Games, Apple/ Macintosh, X-Box.
Photography - Other Photography, Camcorder Accessories, Digital Camera Lenses, Studio Equipment and Lighting, Film Cameras.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Royal Doulton, Porcelain/ China, Stoneware, Royal Albert, Royal Crown Derby.
Sporting Goods - Hunting, Exercise and Fitness, Skateboarding, Sailing, Canoeing and Kayaking.
Sports Memorabilia - Ice Hockey Memorabilia, Olympic Memorabilia, Golf Memorabilia, Motor Sport Memorabilia, Boxing Memorabilia.
Stamps - Royalty Stamps, Medical/ Red Cross Stamps, Great Britain Stamps, Presentation Packs, Ireland Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Accommodation, Ski Holidays, Concerts/ Gigs, Comedy Tickets, Air Travel.
Toys & Games - Fast Food/ Cereal/ Sweets Toys, Educational Toys, Vintage/ Classic Toys, Construction Toys and Kits, Wargames and Role-Playing.
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