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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 - Carpets/ Rugs, Decorative Arts, Antique Furniture, Maps, Science/ Medicine.
Automotive - Jaguar, Disabled Vehicles, Motorcycles Parts and Accessories, Motorcycle Clothing and Helmets, Rover and MG.
Baby - Baby Bathing/ Grooming, Safety, Swings/ Bouncers, Nursery Decoration and Furniture, Baby Feeding.
Books, Comics & Magazines - First Editions, Magazines, Educational/ Textbooks, Modern Maps and Atlases, Fiction Books.
Business, Office and Industrial - Printing and Graphic Arts, Businesses For Sale, Packing and Posting Supplies, Agriculture/ Farming, Industrial Supply/MRO.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Men's Accessories, Dancewear and Accessories, Boys' Shoes, Boys' Clothing, Wedding.
Coins - Bullion/ Bars, Coins, Share Certificates/ Bonds, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Banknotes.
Collectables - Memorabilia, Photographic Images, Vanity/ Perfume/ Grooming, Science Fiction, Sewing/ Fabric/ Textiles.
Computing - Laptops, Other Computing, Cables/ Connectors, Input Devices, Scanners.
Consumer Electronics - MP3 Players, Televisions, Vintage Electronics, Accessories, Other Consumer Electronics.
Crafts - Sewing, Bead Art, Embroidery, Children's Crafts, Ceramic and Pottery Making.
DVD, Film & TV - DVDs, Film Memorabilia, Accessories/ Storage, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Other Film Formats.
Dolls & Bears - Dolls' House Miniatures, Bears, Dolls' Houses, Doll Accessories, Dolls.
Health & Beauty - Medical/ Special Needs, Natural Therapies, Fragrances, Vitamins/ Supplements, Make-Up/ Cosmetics.
Home & Garden - Major Appliances, DIY Materials and Tools, Bedding, Storage, Conservatory.
Jewellery & Watches - Loose Gemstones, Men's Jewellery, Ethnic and Tribal Jewellery, Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies.
Mobile & Home Phones - Mobile Phone Fascias, Sim Cards, Home Phones, Mobile Phones with Contract, Mobile Phones.
Music - Other Music Formats, Cassettes, CDs, Music Memorabilia, Records.
Musical Instruments - Sheet Music/ Song Books, Percussion, Brass, Accessories/ Equipment, Woodwind.
PC & Video Gaming - Internet Games, Other PC and Video Gaming, Sony PSP, X-Box 360, PC Games.
Photography - Other Photography, Books, Digital Cameras, Camcorder Accessories, Film Camera Accessories.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Lladro/ Nao, Irish, Paragon, Dunoon, Date-Lined Ceramics.
Sporting Goods - Bowls, Camping, Cycling, Windsurfing, Canoeing and Kayaking.
Sports Memorabilia - Rugby League Memorabilia, Other Sports Memorabilia, Tennis Memorabilia, Football Programmes, Subbuteo.
Stamps - Nature Stamps, World Stamps, Memorabilia, Covers, Middle East Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Caravan, Concerts/ Gigs, Bus/ Coach Travel, Comedy Tickets, Sporting Events.
Toys & Games - Pre-School/ Young Children, Diecast and Vehicles, Vintage/ Classic Toys, Toy Soldiers, Party Toys/ Games.
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