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eBay[1] is an online auction and shopping site that allows its users to buy and sell a wide range of goods and services. Since its launch in 1995, the company has vastly expanded its operations in size and scope, facilitating localized auctions in more than 30 countries as of June 2013.


eBay was first conceived as AuctionWeb[3] (shown below) on September 5th, 1995 by computer programmer Pierre Omidyar[4] as part of the homepage for his consulting firm Echo Bay. After making a humorous listing for a broken laser pointer as a test, it sold for $14.83 to a person collecting broken lasers.[5] AuctionWeb quickly became popular and after Omidyar had to upgrade his personal website to a business space, he began charging fees for users selling their items on the site. By 1996, Omidyar hired his first employee as well as a company president. That November, eBay mentions began appearing in the tech news blogosphere, with news of airline tickets being sold on the site.[6] The following month, AuctionWeb was named as a solution for getting rid of unwanted holiday presents.[7]

Auctionn Web [Menu] Listingsl [Buyers] [Sellers] [Search] [Contact/Helpl ISite Hapl Welcome to today' s online marketplace.. . Welcome to our community. I'm glad you found us. AuctionWeb is dedicated to bringing together buyers and sellers in an honest and open marketplace. Here, thanks to our auction format, merchandise will always fetch its market value. And there are plenty of great deals to be oun Take a look at the listings. There are always several hundred auctions underway, so you're bound to find something interesting . . .the market that brings buyers and sellers together in an honest and open environment.. . If you don't find what you like, take a look at our Personal Shopper It can help you search all the listings. Or, it can keep an eye on new items as they are posted and let you know when something you want appears. If you want to let everyone know what you want, post something on our wanted page If you have something to sell, start your auction instantly Join our community. Become a registered user. Registered users receive additional benefits such as daily updates and the right to participate in our user feedback forum and the bulletin board Welcome to eBay s luctionWeb. Please read on about the AuctionWeb vision. From the founder: I launched eBay's AuctionWeb on Labor Day, 1995. Since then, this site has become more popular than I ever expected, and I began to realize that this was indeed a grand experiment in Internet commerce. February 26, 1996 By creating an open market that encourages honest dealings, I hope to make it easier to conduct business with strangers over the net Host people are honest. And they mean well. Some people go out of their way to make things right. I've heard great stories about the honesty of people here. But some people are dishonest. Or deceptive. This is true here, in the newsgroups, in the classifieds, and right next door. It's a fact of life But here, those people can' t hide. We'll drive them away. Protect others from them. This grand hope depends on your active participation. Become a registered user. Use our feedback forum. Give praise where it is due: make complaints where appropriate. For the past six months, I've been developing this system single-handedly, in my spare time. Along the way, I've dealt with complaints among participants. But those complaints have amounted to only a handful. We' ve had close to 10,000 auctions since opening. And only a few dozen complaints Now, we have an open forum. Use it. Make your complaints in the open. Better yet, give your praise in the open. Let everyone know what a joy it was to deal with someone. Above all, conduct yourself in a professional manner. Deal with others the way you would have them deal with you Remember that you are usually dealing with individuals, just like yourself. Subject to making mistakes. Well-meaning, but wrong on occas31on. That's just hman. We can live with that. We can deal with that. We can still make deals with that Thanks for participating. Good luck, and good businesS! Regards Pierre [Menu] Listingsl [Buyers] [Sellers] [Search] [Contact/Helpl ISite Hapl eBay Copyright Internet 1995-1997 eBay Inc.

In January 1997, AuctionWeb hosted 2,000,000 auctions, an 800% increase from 1996’s total of 250,000 auctions. The next month, Cnet[8] published an article about the popularity of AuctionWeb, citing that the site generates more than $3 million worth of sales per month. The first About.com guide[9] to eBay transactions was posted on April 29th, 1997. That September, on the second anniversary of the site’s launch, the company officially changed the name of its auction services to eBay (shown below). Also in 1997, the company sold its 1 millionth item while serving 3 million daily page views for items in 371 different categories.[10]

ebay the way it looked in 1997 after only a year into operations

On September 23rd, 1998, eBay joined the stock market with an initial public offering (IPO) of $18 per share. They closed at $47.375, up 163% from its opening price.[11] With 3.5 million shares sold, the company raised more than $63 million that day and within two quarters, the stock grew 1000%.[12] In 1998, eBay also began acquiring other online auction and classified advertising companies, accruing 42 as of June 2013. By the end of 2000, eBay was serving 22 million registered users from seven different countries. The same year, the site introduced the "Buy It Now" option, allowing users to skip the auction in order to purchase an item from a seller. In June 2006, the eBay Wiki launched, described as the world's largest commercial wiki.[13] However, it was taken down by 2008.


eBay offers free accounts for people looking to bid on or purchase items. Sellers can list a certain number of items for free per month, based on the type of account. eBay also calculates a fee based on the final selling price of the item.[17] As of June 2013, there are 35 high-level categories[18] which are each broken down into dozens of more specific sections.

screen grab of ebays various sections for users to browse and shop



The P-P-P-Powerbook was a fake Apple laptop computer created with a binder by Something Awful forum member Jeff Harris in retaliation to an eBay scammer in 2006. After Harris realized the person who had won the auction for his 19-day-old Powerbook, he enlisted the help of other Something Awful users to scam the buyer.

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Seven-Legged Spider

The Seven-Legged Spider was a drawing completed by David Thorne as part of an October 2008 prank in which he attempted to use the drawing to pay his overdue utility bills. After the post documenting his prank went viral, Thorne attempted to sell the drawing on eBay for $10,000. Though a winning bid was made for $15,000, bidder Patrick Munoz declared he had no intention of actually paying for the drawing.

Winning bid: US $10,000.00 Get 15% back-new eBay MasterCard Apply Now Ended Shipping: To United Kingdom Not specified Ships to: United States ltem location: STOCKHOLM, default, Swedern History Winning bidder rma (24 Nov-13-08 04:54:38 PST 18 bids View larger picture You can also: Email to a friend Listing and payment details: Show

Beyblades Auction

The Beyblades eBay Auction was set up as a punishment for two young children on February 5th, 2011 after they had destroyed their parents' bathtub with the toys. The photo that accompanied the listing depicted one of the children crying while the other held up a plastic bag containing the metal Beyblades. The link was shared on a number of gaming sites before it ended up on 4chan where users began to photoshop other items into the Beyblades bag. Within 24 hours, the auction page had been viewed more than 200,000 times. The next day, the auction was removed from eBay after a number of fake bids. The owner chose not to relist the item after receiving a number of harassing emails.

Go My ey Community Customer Suppor Hi, supersmashstar33! (Sign out) Bucks You're Invited! Join eBay Bucks CATEGORIES ▼ FASHION MOTORS DEALS CLASSIFIEDS Back to home page | Listed in category: Toys & Hobbies TV, Movie & Character Toys BeyBlade Add to Watch li Selling 8 Beyblades to Replace DESTROYED Bathtub Seller info daney21 ( 52 Item condition: Used ) Time left 7d 12h (Feb 13, 2011 11:24:51 PST) Bid history: 36 bids Save this seller See other items Current bid: US $999,999.00 LAKE ▼Other item info Your max bid: US S Place bicd Item number: 280625155361 (Enter US $1,000,099.00 or more) GEORGE Item location: Suwanee, GA, United States Add to Watch list. Ships to: United States Buck Join eBay Bucks and earn 2% back on this item, see conditions Payments: PayPal see details $5.00 Expedited Shipping see more services ▼ | See all details Estimated between Thu. Feb. 17 and Fri. Feb. 18) No Returns Accepte Print Report it Shipping: Delivery: Returns: Enlarge eBay Buyer Protection Covers your purchase price plus original shipping Learn more Description Shipping and payments Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing Last updated on 05:29:48 AM PST, Feb 05, 2011 View all revisions Share: Item specifics Conditon Used: An item that has been used previously. See the seller's listing for full details Ages 8+ and description of Read more We are selling 8 Beyblades, 2 of them light up. As vou can tell they are not happy about this! They have been using their bathtub as a·battle arena" and Beyblades + Bathtub = Destruction!! With the metal ones they managed to scrape the enamel off the tub take a hunk of tub out and break off the soap holder. SO if you win this auction DONT play with in a bathtub We have recieved a quote of $500.oo to replace the tub, some tiles, and soap holder labor of course! They had approxamently $125.67 in their piggy banks that will be going to toward the cost. We will use the profit from this auction towards the balance and then it is onto other toys! Good Luck bidding!!! Paypal only.

Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding Hat

Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding Hat had already been the subject of a photoshop meme immediately after the British royal wedding in April 2011. The following month, the unique hat designed by Philip Treacy was auctioned off to raise money for charity, with the proceeds split between Unicef and Children in Crisis. The auction ended on May 22nd, raising US $131,341.47.

Princess Beatrice Royal Wedding Hat by Philip Treacy Item condition: Pre-owned Ended: May 22, 2011 12:31:13 PDT Winning bid: GBP 81,100.01 [5 bids ] Approximately US $131,341.47 Shipping: FREE Standard Int'l Shipping Seller: thelittlebeeinitiative (0)

HP Touchpad Drawing Auction

After HP dropped the price of their Touchpad tablets from $399 to $99, a Greenfield, Ohio resident placed a hand-drawn HP Touchpad up for auction beginning at $0.99. Within an hour, the auction was viewed more than 5,000 times and other eBayers began to put their own Touchpad drawings up for auction. As bids creeped up to $100,000, the item was the most-watched auction in the Art category, with more than 900 users monitoring its status. Three days before the auction was due to close, eBay removed the listing for violating the site's terms and conditions.

Go My eBay Sell Community Customer Support Cart SHOP for SCHOOL Welcome! Sign in or register CATEGORIES ▼ ELECTRONICS FASHION MOTORS TICKETS DEALS CLASSIFIEDSs eBay Buyer Protection Learn more Back to Search Results Art > Direct from the Artist> Drawings Add to Watch list FREE Drawing of HP Touchpad 16GB, WI-FI, 9.7 - WHITE -READ Seller info hillcrestbunch ( 116 ★ ) 100% Positive feedback Item condition: Time left: Bid history: 3d 22h (Sep 01, 2011 18:43:28 PDT) Save this seller See other items 83 bids US $99,900.00 US$ (Enter US $100,000.00 or more) Current bid: Other item info Your max bid: Place bid Item number: 170687176878 Add to Watch list Item location: Greenfield OH, US United States Shipping: Delivery: Returns: FREE Expedited Shipping | See all details Estimated between Thu, Sep. 8 and Fri. Sep. 9 No returns accepted (contact seller if item is not as Ships to: United States Payments: PayPal See details Zoom unavallable Q Enlarge described) Listed for charity eBay Buyer Protection Print Report item Covers your purchase price plus original shipping Learn more Sell one like this

Stoned Fox

The Stoned Fox (Упоротая лиса) is a Russian photoshop meme that began with an eBay auction for an anthropomorphic stuffed fox. In October 2012, British artist and taxidermist Adele Morse sold the fox on eBay for 330 pounds. Several days after the auction ended, she began receiving messages from Russian fans in appreciation of the fox. The next month, she learned the animal had become popular on the Russian web, where people began photoshopping it into well-known movie scenes and other images.

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Guinea Pig Armor

In June 2012, Sean McCoy decided to auction off handmade Guinea Pig Armor after his pet Lucky passed away to raise funds for the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue of Virginia. The armor, originally listed at $5, began to gain attention after an image of Lucky from the auction was shared on the /r/Funny subreddit. The photo gained more than 9,200 upvotes and 2,700 points overall within four days, causing a number of news sites including the Huffington Post and CNN to feature the story. As of June 18th, the auction has a high bid of $15,100 and is set to end on June 21st.

Hand-made Guinea Pig Scale-Mail and Helmet (Armor) tem condition fPI Add to Watch list The chain mail is hand made and is in great condition. The helmet was purchased and is also in grea Read more Seller information mightysOx(81 ★) 100% Positive feedback Time left: 3d 02h (Jun 21, 2013 18:12:15 PDT) Save this seller See other items Current bid: US $15,100.00 [ 126 bids] +$8.00 shipping Place bicd Enter US $15,200.00 or more Add to Watch Iist Mouse over Image to zoom Shipping: $8.00 Expedited Shipping See details Item locatlon: Falls Church, Virginia, United States Ships to: United States Delivery: Estimated between Wed. Jun. 26 and Thu. Jun 27) Payments: PayPal | See details Returns: 14 days money back, buyer pays return shipping Read details $Have one to sell? Sell it yourself eBay Buyer Protection Covers your purchase price plus original shipping Learn more


As of June 2013, eBay has an Alexa[14] rank of 21 in the world and 7 in the United States. According to Quantcast[15], eBay serves 85.8 million unique visitors monthly and is also ranked #7 in the US. In the first quarter of 2013, eBay served 116 million users, selling $3.5 billion worth of items listed as clothing, shoes, health and beauty, accessories and jewelery, $4 billion in electronics and video games, $2.7 billion in home and garden items and $1.7 billion in vehicles.[16]

FASHION ELECTRONICS HOME&GARDEN U.S. A pair of shoes sold every A cell phone sold every 4 seconds An item in the home décor category VELOCITY 5 seconds STATISTICS sold every 6 seconds Women's accessories sold every 3 seconds An MP3 Player sold every 24 seconds including Apple iPod, Creative Zen, and others A bedding item sold every 4 minutes A bath item sold every 20 seconds A major appliance sold every A woman's dress sold every 6 seconds An LCD television sold every 4 minutes .A pair of women's jeans 31 seconds sold every 15 seconds Headphones sold every 9 seconds A baby gear item sold every 3 minutes A pair of men's sunglasses sold every 29 seconds A GPS Device sold every minute . Patio and Garden furniture sold every 2 minutes Tea cups sold every 7 minutes .A hammock sold every 22 minutes An Apple Laptop or Notebook A men's necktie sold every 23 seconds sold every 2 minutes An iPad sold every 1 minutes A pair of Chuck Taylors sold every 4 minutes

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