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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 - Antiquities, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts Movement, Manuscripts, Ethnographic Antiques.
Automotive - Austin, Commercial Vehicles, Kawasaki, American, Boats and Watercraft.
Baby - Walkers, Baby Changing, Other Baby, Baby Gifts, Baby Bathing/ Grooming.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Accessories, Comics, Children's Books, Magazines, Modern Maps and Atlases.
Business, Office and Industrial - Agriculture/ Farming, Manufacturing and Metalworking, Other Business and Industrial, Packing and Posting Supplies, Retail and Shop Fitting.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Men's Accessories, Girls' Shoes, Women's Accessories, Women's Shoes, Women's Clothing.
Coins - Coins, Tokens, Banknotes, Bullion/ Bars, Share Certificates/ Bonds.
Collectables - Tools and Hardware, Tobacciana/ Smoking, Memorabilia, Sewing/ Fabric/ Textiles, Ethnographic.
Computing - Printer Ink and Cartridges, Cables/ Connectors, Input Devices, Desktop PCs, Apple/ Macintosh.
Consumer Electronics - VCRs, MP3 Player Accessories, Portable Audio, Accessories, Televisions.
Crafts - Paper Crafts/ Origami, Quilting, Leathercraft, Rubber Stamping, Mosaic.
DVD, Film & TV - Accessories/ Storage, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), DVDs, Other Film Formats, TV Memorabilia.
Dolls & Bears - Doll Accessories, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls' Houses, Dolls, Bears.
Health & Beauty - Hair Care, Tattoos/ Body Art, Hair Removal, Massage, Dieting/ Slimming.
Home & Garden - Lighting, Safety and Security, Clocks, Garden and Plants, Storage.
Jewellery & Watches - Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Fine Jewellery, Jewellery Boxes and Supplies, Watches, Other Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Mobile Batteries and Chargers, Home Phones, Mobile Phone Accessories, Vintage Phones, Mobile Phone Cases and Pouches.
Music - Accessories/ Storage, Cassettes, Records, CDs, Music Memorabilia.
Musical Instruments - Accessories/ Equipment, Keyboard/ Piano, Percussion, Other Musical Instruments, Pro Audio/ Equipment.
PC & Video Gaming - Apple/ Macintosh, Sony PSP, Sony PS3, Coin-Operated, Nintendo.
Photography - Books, Studio Equipment and Lighting, Vintage Photography, Film Camera Accessories, Film.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Stoneware, Irish, Continental, Pottery, Date-Lined Ceramics.
Sporting Goods - Football, SCUBA and Snorkelling, Exercise and Fitness, Camping, American Football.
Sports Memorabilia - Golf Memorabilia, Ice Hockey Memorabilia, Cricket Memorabilia, Rugby League Memorabilia, Rugby Union Memorabilia.
Stamps - African Stamps, Commemorative Stamps, United Nations Stamps, Covers, Sports Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Gift Vouchers, Accommodation, Luggage, Self-Catering Holidays, Travel Accessories.
Toys & Games - Beanies, Wargames and Role-Playing, Model Kits, Party Toys/ Games, Scalextric and Slot Car.
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