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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 - Art Nouveau, Silver, Woodenware, Marine/ Maritime, Modernist.
Automotive - Vauxhall and Opel, Commercial Vehicles, Boats and Watercraft, Mini, Peugeot.
Baby - Swings/ Bouncers, Walkers, Nursery Bedding, Baby Carriers/ Backpacks, Safety.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Comics, Educational/ Textbooks, Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), First Editions, Magazines.
Business, Office and Industrial - Other Business and Industrial, Power Tools, Building Materials and Supplies, Electrical and Test Equipment, Retail and Shop Fitting.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Women's Clothing, Other Clothes, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Fancy Dress, Women's Shoes.
Coins - Banknotes, Coins, Historical Medals/ Medallions, Bullion/ Bars, Share Certificates/ Bonds.
Collectables - Weird Stuff, Trains/ Railway Models, Other Collectables, Cigarette/ Tea/ Gum Cards, Tools and Hardware.
Computing - PDAs, Printer Accessories, Software, Peripherals, Scanners.
Consumer Electronics - VCRs, Vintage Electronics, Satellite/ Cable/ Freeview, TV Accessories, Other Consumer Electronics.
Crafts - Floral Supplies, Cross Stitch, Rubber Stamping, Tapestry and Needlepoint, Knitting.
DVD, Film & TV - Film Memorabilia, DVDs, Other Film Formats, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Accessories/ Storage.
Dolls & Bears - Dolls' Houses, Bears, Doll Accessories, Dolls, Dolls' House Miniatures.
Health & Beauty - Other Health and Beauty, Tattoos/ Body Art, Medical/ Special Needs, Hair Care, Nails/ Manicure/ Pedicure.
Home & Garden - DIY Materials and Tools, Bedroom, Party Items, Garden and Plants, Rugs and Carpets.
Jewellery & Watches - Jewellery Boxes and Supplies, Beads, Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Ethnic and Tribal Jewellery, Other Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Bluetooth Accessories, Mobile Phones with Contract, Mobile Phones, Mobile Phone Fascias, Vintage Phones.
Music - Other Music Formats, Accessories/ Storage, CDs, Records, Music Memorabilia.
Musical Instruments - Woodwind, Pro Audio/ Equipment, String, Harmonicas, Keyboard/ Piano.
PC & Video Gaming - Sony PS2, Sony PSP, Nintendo, Merchandise/ Books, Other PC and Video Gaming.
Photography - Film Camera Lenses, Digital Cameras, Digital Memory Card Readers, Other Photography, Digital Camera Lenses.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Stoneware, Crown Staffordshire, Gouda, Jersey, Denby/ Langley/ Lovatt.
Sporting Goods - Fishing, Paintballing, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis.
Sports Memorabilia - American Football Memorabilia, Football Memorabilia, Motor Sport Memorabilia, Other Sports Memorabilia, Tennis Memorabilia.
Stamps - Memorabilia, Presentation Packs, United Nations Stamps, Latin American Stamps, Transport/ Space Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Sporting Events, Rail Travel, Amusement Parks/ Attractions Tickets, Caravan, Package Holidays.
Toys & Games - Wargames and Role-Playing, Soft Toys/ Stuffed Animals, Diecast and Vehicles, Jigsaws and Puzzles, Creative Toys/ Activities.
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