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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
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eBay Products and Services OfferedThings you can buy from eBay's online shop include the following:
Antiques & Art - Modernist, Architectural Antiques, Reproduction Antiques, Science/ Medicine, Antique Clocks.
Automotive - Motorcycles Parts and Accessories, Commercial Vehicles, ATVs and Quads, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen.
Baby - Walkers, Car Seats, Swings/ Bouncers, Safety, Baby Books.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), Magazines, First Editions, Children's Books, Accessories.
Business, Office and Industrial - Retail and Shop Fitting, Office Equipment and Supplies, Medical/ Lab Equipment, Hand Tools, Power Tools.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Boys' Shoes, Women's Bags, Dancewear and Accessories, Women's Shoes, Women's Accessories.
Coins - Banknotes, Share Certificates/ Bonds, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Tokens, Bullion/ Bars.
Collectables - Knives/ Swords, Fantasy/ Myth/ Magic, Clocks, Sewing/ Fabric/ Textiles, Casino.
Computing - Networking, PDAs, Books and Manuals, Printer Accessories, Services.
Consumer Electronics - Portable Audio, DJ Equipment, DVD and Home Cinema, Other Consumer Electronics, Security Equipment.
Crafts - Quilting, Knitting, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Lacemaking.
DVD, Film & TV - Other Film Formats, Film Memorabilia, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Accessories/ Storage, TV Memorabilia.
Dolls & Bears - Doll Accessories, Bears, Dolls, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls' Houses.
Health & Beauty - Other Health and Beauty, Fragrances, Vitamins/ Supplements, Dental Care, Over-the-Counter Medicine.
Home & Garden - Garden and Plants, Dining Room, Curtains and Blinds, Living Room, Major Appliances.
Jewellery & Watches - Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Costume Jewellery, Fine Jewellery, Watches, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies.
Mobile & Home Phones - Multimedia Cards/ Memory, Mobile Phones with Contract, Mobile Batteries and Chargers, Mobile Phones, Mobile Phone Accessories.
Music - Cassettes, Records, CDs, Accessories/ Storage, Other Music Formats.
Musical Instruments - Accessories/ Equipment, Brass, String, Keyboard/ Piano, Other Musical Instruments.
PC & Video Gaming - Internet Games, Apple/ Macintosh, Coin-Operated, Sony PS3, Merchandise/ Books.
Photography - Other Photography, Manuals and Magazines, Tripods and Supports, Digital Camera Accessories, Digital Cameras.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Burlington, Oriental, Date-Lined Ceramics, Continental, Crown Staffordshire.
Sporting Goods - Archery, Table Tennis, Scooters, Cycling, Waterskiing and Wakeboarding.
Sports Memorabilia - Motor Sport Memorabilia, Boxing Memorabilia, Horse Racing Memorabilia, Other Sports Memorabilia, Football Shirts.
Stamps - Commonwealth/ British Colonial Stamps, Philatelic Covers, United States Stamps, Transport/ Space Stamps, Commemorative Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Exhibitions/ Shows, Luggage, Amusement Parks/ Attractions Tickets, Other Travel, Package Holidays.
Toys & Games - Other Toys and Games, Model Kits, Outdoor Toys and Activities, Steam, Party Toys/ Games.
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