Richard from eBay points out that it “helps to put in context how long ago it was if we reflect that the Tories were in power and Diana was alive.” That’s when gf-attic, the first ever UK PowerSeller signed up to eBay. As far as we can tell the sixteenth member of eBay.co.uk, he is undisputedly the longest serving PowerSeller, a badge he still wears today.
“I liken him to ‘patient zero’,” Dan Wilson (until recently long-serving Community Manager at eBay) told me. “Maybe not the first to be infected, but definitely the most important in terms of building the epidemic.” Typically when a report on PowerSellers is run at eBay HQ, a simple check that it was successful is if gf-attic shows up at the top of the list – he’s always there because he was first.
eBay are recognising the occasion by sending some special gifts and momentos to these pioneers. They not only had the vision to sign up to the then new website, but have proved their ability to adapt through the countless changes eBay have made in the interim.