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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 - Woodenware, Marine/ Maritime, Ethnographic Antiques, Maps, Other Antiques.
Automotive - Other Vehicles, Manuals and Literature, Commercial Vehicles, Vauxhall and Opel, ATVs and Quads.
Baby - Toys and Activities, Swings/ Bouncers, Other Baby, Baby Books, Safety.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Educational/ Textbooks, Non-Fiction Books, Magazines, Audio Books, First Editions.
Business, Office and Industrial - Electrical and Test Equipment, Office Equipment and Supplies, Power Tools, Retail and Shop Fitting, Other Business and Industrial.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Women's Bags, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Dancewear and Accessories, Women's Shoes, Women's Underwear and Swimwear.
Coins - Share Certificates/ Bonds, Tokens, Banknotes, Coins, Historical Medals/ Medallions.
Collectables - Other Collectables, Ethnographic, Cigarette/ Tea/ Gum Cards, Kitchenalia, Badges/ Patches.
Computing - Desktop PCs, Software, PDAs, Services, Vintage Computing.
Consumer Electronics - Satellite/ Cable/ Freeview, Radio Equipment, Home Audio/ Hi Fi, Vintage Electronics, Gadgets.
Crafts - Candle and Soap Making, Cardmaking and Scrapbooking, Framing/ Matting, Rubber Stamping, Other Crafts.
DVD, Film & TV - TV Memorabilia, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Accessories/ Storage, Other Film Formats, Film Memorabilia.
Dolls & Bears - Dolls' Houses, Dolls' House Miniatures, Doll Accessories, Bears, Dolls.
Health & Beauty - Vision/ Glasses/ Lenses, Make-Up/ Cosmetics, Health Care, Tattoos/ Body Art, Dental Care.
Home & Garden - Storage, Laundry and Vacuuming, Conservatory, Garden and Plants, Dining Room.
Jewellery & Watches - Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies, Beads, Costume Jewellery, Watches.
Mobile & Home Phones - Ringtones, Bluetooth Accessories, Other Phones, Mobile Phones with Contract, Logos and Software.
Music - Cassettes, CDs, Accessories/ Storage, Other Music Formats, Music Memorabilia.
Musical Instruments - Harmonicas, Keyboard/ Piano, Pro Audio/ Equipment, String, Guitars.
PC & Video Gaming - Nintendo, Sony PSP, Sony PS2, Sony PS3, Sony PlayStation/ PS1.
Photography - Digital Camera Lenses, Manuals and Magazines, Darkroom and Developing, Camcorder Accessories, Digital Camera Accessories.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Date-Lined Ceramics, Clarice Cliff, Porcelain/ China, Continental, Gouda.
Sporting Goods - Skiing, Hockey, Inline and Roller Skating, Climbing/ Mountaineering, Cricket.
Sports Memorabilia - Rugby Union Memorabilia, Tennis Memorabilia, Ice Hockey Memorabilia, Motor Sport Memorabilia, Boxing Memorabilia.
Stamps - First Day Covers, World Stamps, Asian Stamps, Military Stamps, Ireland Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Caravan, Exhibitions/ Shows, Gift Vouchers, Package Holidays, Concerts/ Gigs.
Toys & Games - Wargames and Role-Playing, Outdoor Toys and Activities, TV and Film Character Toys, Soft Toys/ Stuffed Animals, Electronic Pets.
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