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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 - Art Nouveau, Ethnographic Antiques, Other Antiques, Fabric/ Textiles, Manuscripts.
Automotive - Yamaha, Campers and Caravans, Kawasaki, Ford, Vauxhall and Opel.
Baby - Baby Books, Nursery Bedding, Travel Cots, Maternity/ Pregnancy, Toys and Activities.
Books, Comics & Magazines - First Editions, Modern Maps and Atlases, Children's Books, Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), Educational/ Textbooks.
Business, Office and Industrial - Retail and Shop Fitting, Electrical and Test Equipment, Building Materials and Supplies, Manufacturing and Metalworking, Printing and Graphic Arts.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Women's Bags, Men's Clothing, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Fancy Dress, Girls' Clothing.
Coins - Tokens, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Coins, Banknotes, Share Certificates/ Bonds.
Collectables - Ethnographic, Clocks, Militaria, Memorabilia, Breweriana.
Computing - Desktop PC Components, Laptop Accessories, Scanners, Printers, Printer Ink and Cartridges.
Consumer Electronics - VCRs, Vintage Electronics, Home Audio/ Hi Fi, Gadgets, MP3 Players.
Crafts - Sewing, Drawing and Art, Woodworking, Glass Art Supplies, Tapestry and Needlepoint.
DVD, Film & TV - TV Memorabilia, Accessories/ Storage, Film Memorabilia, DVDs, Other Film Formats.
Dolls & Bears - Bears, Dolls' Houses, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls, Doll Accessories.
Health & Beauty - Tanning/ Sun Care, Make-Up/ Cosmetics, Bath and Body, Dieting/ Slimming, Dental Care.
Home & Garden - Rugs and Carpets, Clocks, Curtains and Blinds, Bathroom, Bedroom.
Jewellery & Watches - Costume Jewellery, Ethnic and Tribal Jewellery, Fine Jewellery, Watches, Men's Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Multimedia Cards/ Memory, Mobile Phone Fascias, Logos and Software, Mobile Phones with Contract, Mobile Batteries and Chargers.
Music - CDs, Music Memorabilia, Other Music Formats, Records, Accessories/ Storage.
Musical Instruments - Percussion, Harmonicas, Pro Audio/ Equipment, Woodwind, Sheet Music/ Song Books.
PC & Video Gaming - Sony PlayStation/ PS1, X-Box, Merchandise/ Books, PC Games, Sony PS3.
Photography - Film Camera Lenses, Film Camera Accessories, Vintage Photography, Digital Camera Memory, Digital Memory Card Readers.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Pottery, Continental, Burlington, Lladro/ Nao, Jersey.
Sporting Goods - Scooters, Snooker and Pool, Rugby, Badminton, Hockey.
Sports Memorabilia - Boxing Memorabilia, Football Memorabilia, American Football Memorabilia, Rugby League Memorabilia, Golf Memorabilia.
Stamps - Commonwealth/ British Colonial Stamps, Transport/ Space Stamps, World Stamps, Postal Stationery, Latin American Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Bus/ Coach Travel, Self-Catering Holidays, Holiday Vouchers, Exhibitions/ Shows, Package Holidays.
Toys & Games - Vintage/ Classic Toys, Creative Toys/ Activities, Diecast and Vehicles, Party Toys/ Games, TV and Film Character Toys.
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