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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 - Architectural Antiques, Fabric/ Textiles, Other Antiques, Antique Clocks, Art.
Automotive - Mercedes Benz, Other Vehicles Parts and Accessories, Triumph, Suzuki, Kawasaki.
Baby - Swings/ Bouncers, Baby Bathing/ Grooming, Baby Clothing, Toys and Activities, Nursery Bedding.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Magazines, Children's Books, Non-Fiction Books, Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), Fiction Books.
Business, Office and Industrial - Medical/ Lab Equipment, Packing and Posting Supplies, Other Business and Industrial, Manufacturing and Metalworking, Restaurant and Catering.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Women's Clothing, Boys' Clothing, Girls' Clothing, Women's Shoes, Men's Accessories.
Coins - Bullion/ Bars, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Banknotes, Tokens, Coins.
Collectables - Disneyana, Trains/ Railway Models, Advertising, Breweriana, Theatre/ Opera/ Ballet.
Computing - Services, Scanners, Networking, Vintage Computing, Apple/ Macintosh.
Consumer Electronics - Security Equipment, Vintage Electronics, Other Consumer Electronics, MP3 Players, DVD and Home Cinema.
Crafts - Cardmaking and Scrapbooking, Tapestry and Needlepoint, Children's Crafts, Latch-Hook/ Rug-Making, Crochet.
DVD, Film & TV - Film Memorabilia, TV Memorabilia, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Other Film Formats, Accessories/ Storage.
Dolls & Bears - Doll Accessories, Dolls, Bears, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls' Houses.
Health & Beauty - Nails/ Manicure/ Pedicure, Health Care, Fragrances, Other Health and Beauty, Medical/ Special Needs.
Home & Garden - Bedding, Living Room, Cards/ Stationery, Major Appliances, Pet Supplies.
Jewellery & Watches - Men's Jewellery, Loose Gemstones, Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies, Costume Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Mobile Batteries and Chargers, Mobile Phones, Sim Cards, Mobile Phone Accessories, Home Phones.
Music - CDs, Other Music Formats, Records, Accessories/ Storage, Music Memorabilia.
Musical Instruments - Other Musical Instruments, String, Woodwind, Sheet Music/ Song Books, Keyboard/ Piano.
PC & Video Gaming - X-Box 360, Vintage Gaming, Nintendo, Sony PS3, Internet Games.
Photography - Tripods and Supports, Film Camera Lenses, Other Photography, Digital Camera Lenses, Film Cameras.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Burleigh, Denby/ Langley/ Lovatt, Royal Crown Derby, Jersey, Royal Albert.
Sporting Goods - Swimming, Camping, Badminton, Bowling (Ten-Pin), Rugby.
Sports Memorabilia - Motor Sport Memorabilia, Tennis Memorabilia, Other Sports Memorabilia, Cricket Memorabilia, Ice Hockey Memorabilia.
Stamps - Commonwealth/ British Colonial Stamps, Stamp Albums, European Stamps, Sports Stamps, Music Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Self-Catering Holidays, Exhibitions/ Shows, Concerts/ Gigs, Conferences/ Seminars/ Talks, Ski Holidays.
Toys & Games - Diecast and Vehicles, Toy Soldiers, Outdoor Toys and Activities, Other Toys and Games, Model Kits.
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