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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, Art, Other Antiques, Decorative Arts, Arts & Crafts Movement.
Automotive - Kawasaki, Motorcycle Clothing and Helmets, American, Car accessories, Cherished Numbers.
Baby - Other Baby, Baby Changing, Car Seats, Travel Cots, Potty Training.
Books, Comics & Magazines - Modern Maps and Atlases, First Editions, Audio Books, Comics, Children's Books.
Business, Office and Industrial - Other Business and Industrial, Building Materials and Supplies, Office Equipment and Supplies, Restaurant and Catering, Power Tools.
Clothes, Shoes, Accessories - Dancewear and Accessories, Boys' Clothing, Boys' Shoes, Men's Clothing, Men's Shoes.
Coins - Historical Medals/ Medallions, Banknotes, Share Certificates/ Bonds, Tokens, Bullion/ Bars.
Collectables - Bottles/ Pots, Trading Cards/ CCG, Rocks/ Fossils/ Minerals, Household, Jukeboxes.
Computing - PDA Accessories, Books and Manuals, Printer Ink and Cartridges, Printer Accessories, Other Computing.
Consumer Electronics - Professional/ Studio, Vintage Electronics, MP3 Players, Other Consumer Electronics, Radio Equipment.
Crafts - Bead Art, Cake Decorating, Mosaic, Woodworking, Cardmaking and Scrapbooking.
DVD, Film & TV - DVDs, Videos: VHS/ PAL (UK), Accessories/ Storage, Other Film Formats, TV Memorabilia.
Dolls & Bears - Doll Accessories, Bears, Dolls' Houses, Dolls' House Miniatures, Dolls.
Health & Beauty - Fragrances, Medical/ Special Needs, Hair Removal, Vitamins/ Supplements, Tanning/ Sun Care.
Home & Garden - DIY Materials and Tools, Bedroom, Pet Supplies, Bathroom, Laundry and Vacuuming.
Jewellery & Watches - Vintage and Antique Jewellery, Men's Jewellery, Other Jewellery, Fine Jewellery, Beads.
Mobile & Home Phones - Mobile Phone Fascias, Mobile Batteries and Chargers, Ringtones, Logos and Software, Mobile Phone Cases and Pouches.
Music - Cassettes, Records, Other Music Formats, Music Memorabilia, CDs.
Musical Instruments - Other Musical Instruments, Pro Audio/ Equipment, Harmonicas, Keyboard/ Piano, Accessories/ Equipment.
PC & Video Gaming - PC Games, Other PC and Video Gaming, Sega, X-Box, Coin-Operated.
Photography - Binoculars and Telescopes, Film Camera Accessories, Books, Film Camera Lenses, Film Cameras.
Pottery, Porcelain & Glass - Gouda, Jersey, Denby/ Langley/ Lovatt, Royal Albert, Royal Crown Derby.
Sporting Goods - Canoeing and Kayaking, Football, Swimming, SCUBA and Snorkelling, Skateboarding.
Sports Memorabilia - Boxing Memorabilia, Other Sports Memorabilia, Horse Racing Memorabilia, Golf Memorabilia, Cricket Memorabilia.
Stamps - Art Stamps, Supplies, Publications, People Stamps, Sports Stamps.
Tickets & Travel - Air Travel, Accommodation, Ferries/ Cruises, Package Holidays, Other Travel.
Toys & Games - Party Toys/ Games, Wargames and Role-Playing, Action Figures, Games, Diecast and Vehicles.
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