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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 - Metalware, Modernist, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts Movement, Maps.
Automotive - ATVs and Quads, Mini, Mercedes Benz, Aprilia, Volkswagen.
Baby - Toys and Activities, Travel Cots, Baby Carriers/ Backpacks, Pushchairs and Prams, Nursery Decoration and Furniture.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Audio Books, Fiction Books, Antiquarian Books (Pre-1940), Children's Books, Accessories.
Business, Office and Industrial - Packing and Posting Supplies, Building Materials and Supplies, Electrical and Test Equipment, Industrial Supply/MRO, Other Business and Industrial.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Women's Underwear and Swimwear, Boys' Shoes, Other Clothes, Wedding, Girls' Shoes.
Coins - Tokens, Share Certificates/ Bonds, Banknotes, Bullion/ Bars, Historical Medals/ Medallions.
Collectables - Trading Cards/ CCG, Animation, Tools and Hardware, Paper and Ephemera, Pens and Writing Equipment.
Computing - PDAs, Drives/ Storage, Books and Manuals, Desktop PC Components, Scanners.
Consumer Electronics - Professional/ Studio, Portable Audio, Batteries and Battery Chargers, MP3 Players, Vintage Electronics.
Crafts - Painting, Embroidery, Paper Crafts/ Origami, Latch-Hook/ Rug-Making, Lacemaking.
DVD, Film & TV - Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), TV Memorabilia, DVDs, Film Memorabilia, Accessories/ Storage.
Dolls & Bears - Doll Accessories, Dolls' Houses, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls, Bears.
Health & Beauty - Over-the-Counter Medicine, Nails/ Manicure/ Pedicure, Other Health and Beauty, Bath and Body, Dieting/ Slimming.
Home & Garden - DIY Materials and Tools, Pet Supplies, Decorative Items, Laundry and Vacuuming, Kitchen.
Jewellery & Watches - Fine Jewellery, Other Jewellery, Watches, Ethnic and Tribal Jewellery, Costume Jewellery.
Mobile & Home Phones - Mobile Phones, Logos and Software, Multimedia Cards/ Memory, Ringtones, Pagers.
Music - Records, Music Memorabilia, CDs, Other Music Formats, Accessories/ Storage.
Musical Instruments - Other Musical Instruments, Woodwind, Harmonicas, Sheet Music/ Song Books, Brass.
PC & Video Gaming - Sony PSP, PC Games, Apple/ Macintosh, Sony PS3, Internet Games.
Photography - Binoculars and Telescopes, Tripods and Supports, Film Cameras, Books, Digital Camera Accessories.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Clarice Cliff, Gouda, Royal Albert, Jersey, Franklin Mint.
Sporting Goods - Rugby, Hunting, Tennis, Windsurfing, Martial Arts.
Sports Memorabilia - Rugby League Memorabilia, Football Programmes, American Football Memorabilia, Boxing Memorabilia, Ice Hockey Memorabilia.
Stamps - Ireland Stamps, Art Stamps, Memorabilia, Stamp Albums, European Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Ferries/ Cruises, Exhibitions/ Shows, Luggage, Concerts/ Gigs, Other Travel.
Toys & Games - Other Toys and Games, Construction Toys and Kits, Wargames and Role-Playing, Soft Toys/ Stuffed Animals, Electronic Pets.
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