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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 - Marine/ Maritime, Architectural Antiques, Maps, Antique Clocks, Asian/ Oriental Antiques.
Automotive - Yamaha, ATVs and Quads, Rover and MG, Cherished Numbers, Automobilia.
Baby - Potty Training, Travel Cots, Baby Gifts, Nursery Decoration and Furniture, Baby Bathing/ Grooming.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Magazines, Modern Maps and Atlases, Accessories, Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), First Editions.
Business, Office and Industrial - Industrial Supply/MRO, Office Equipment and Supplies, Packing and Posting Supplies, Electrical and Test Equipment, Other Business and Industrial.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Boys' Shoes, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Girls' Clothing, Girls' Shoes, Men's Shoes.
Coins - Coins, Banknotes, Share Certificates/ Bonds, Bullion/ Bars, Tokens.
Collectables - Vanity/ Perfume/ Grooming, Trading Cards/ CCG, Religion/ Spirituality, Militaria, Autographs.
Computing - Other Computing, Apple/ Macintosh, Desktop PC Components, Scanners, Laptops.
Consumer Electronics - Batteries and Battery Chargers, TV Accessories, Security Equipment, Gadgets, DJ Equipment.
Crafts - Other Crafts, Leathercraft, Cake Decorating, Tapestry and Needlepoint, Bead Art.
DVD, Film & TV - Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), DVDs, Film Memorabilia, Other Film Formats, Accessories/ Storage.
Dolls & Bears - Dolls' Houses, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls, Bears, Doll Accessories.
Health & Beauty - Over-the-Counter Medicine, Make-Up/ Cosmetics, Hair Care, Fragrances, Bath and Body.
Home & Garden - Lighting, Laundry and Vacuuming, Kitchen, Garden and Plants, DIY Materials and Tools.
Jewellery & Watches - Beads, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies, Watches, Loose Gemstones, Vintage and Antique Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Vintage Phones, Home Phones, Mobile Phone Fascias, Bluetooth Accessories, Multimedia Cards/ Memory.
Music - Accessories/ Storage, CDs, Records, Cassettes, Other Music Formats.
Musical Instruments - Percussion, Pro Audio/ Equipment, Harmonicas, Guitars, Keyboard/ Piano.
PC & Video Gaming - Sony PS3, Sony PSP, X-Box 360, Vintage Gaming, X-Box.
Photography - Camcorders, Books, Binoculars and Telescopes, Studio Equipment and Lighting, Other Photography.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Crown Ducal, Royal Doulton, Pottery, Clarice Cliff, Gouda.
Sporting Goods - Skiing, Fishing, Kitesurfing, Exercise and Fitness, Table Tennis.
Sports Memorabilia - Golf Memorabilia, Boxing Memorabilia, Subbuteo, Rugby League Memorabilia, Horse Racing Memorabilia.
Stamps - Transport/ Space Stamps, Asian Stamps, Military Stamps, Stamp Albums, Publications.
Tickets & Travel - Self-Catering Holidays, Short Breaks, Gift Vouchers, Concerts/ Gigs, Accommodation.
Toys & Games - Creative Toys/ Activities, Diecast and Vehicles, Vintage/ Classic Toys, Other Toys and Games, Educational Toys.
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