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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
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eBay Products and Services OfferedThings you can buy from eBay's online shop include the following:
Antiques & Art - Marine/ Maritime, Silver, Art Nouveau, Aesthetic Movement, Modernist.
Automotive - Yamaha, Vespa and Piaggio, Renault, Ford, Automobilia.
Baby - Twins and Multiples, Potty Training, Nursery Decoration and Furniture, Baby Changing, Baby Feeding.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Modern Maps and Atlases, First Editions, Accessories, Educational/ Textbooks, Comics.
Business, Office and Industrial - Other Business and Industrial, Office Equipment and Supplies, Electrical and Test Equipment, Building Materials and Supplies, Retail and Shop Fitting.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Dancewear and Accessories, Boys' Shoes, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Women's Underwear and Swimwear, Boys' Clothing.
Coins - Tokens, Bullion/ Bars, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Coins, Banknotes.
Collectables - Keyrings, Fantasy/ Myth/ Magic, Holiday/ Seasonal, Trading Cards/ CCG, Clocks.
Computing - Services, Input Devices, Networking, Drives/ Storage, Other Computing.
Consumer Electronics - Accessories, Batteries and Battery Chargers, Security Equipment, Portable Audio, TV Accessories.
Crafts - Cross Stitch, Children's Crafts, Lacemaking, Latch-Hook/ Rug-Making, Tapestry and Needlepoint.
DVD, Film & TV - Other Film Formats, Accessories/ Storage, DVDs, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), TV Memorabilia.
Dolls & Bears - Bears, Dolls' Houses, Dolls, Doll Accessories, Dolls' House Miniatures.
Health & Beauty - Vision/ Glasses/ Lenses, Natural Therapies, Over-the-Counter Medicine, Massage, Bath and Body.
Home & Garden - Other Home and Garden, Dining Room, Lighting, Cleaning, Laundry and Vacuuming.
Jewellery & Watches - Ethnic and Tribal Jewellery, Fine Jewellery, Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Watches, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies.
Mobile & Home Phones - Home Phones, Sim Cards, Multimedia Cards/ Memory, Mobile Phone Accessories, Bluetooth Accessories.
Music - Other Music Formats, Records, CDs, Music Memorabilia, Accessories/ Storage.
Musical Instruments - Brass, Harmonicas, Woodwind, Accessories/ Equipment, Keyboard/ Piano.
PC & Video Gaming - Other PC and Video Gaming, Sony PlayStation/ PS1, Sony PSP, Coin-Operated, PC Games.
Photography - Digital Camera Lenses, Film Cameras, Film Camera Accessories, Studio Equipment and Lighting, Camcorder Accessories.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Oriental, Crown Ducal, Bridgewater, Royal Doulton, Irish.
Sporting Goods - Camping, Surfing, Snooker and Pool, Bowling (Ten-Pin), Swimming.
Sports Memorabilia - Golf Memorabilia, Cricket Memorabilia, Tennis Memorabilia, Horse Racing Memorabilia, Football Shirts.
Stamps - Art Stamps, Sports Stamps, Covers, Ireland Stamps, Nature Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Amusement Parks/ Attractions Tickets, Accommodation, Travel Accessories, Caravan, Luggage.
Toys & Games - Scalextric and Slot Car, Creative Toys/ Activities, Fast Food/ Cereal/ Sweets Toys, Outdoor Toys and Activities, Educational Toys.
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