It is wonderful to report that , the totally unique Graham Forsdyke, today celebrates his fifteenth anniversary as an eBay member. What were you doing 15 years ago?
Graham joined eBay when it was little more than a year old and today he is a Top Rated Seller. And just look at those ! If you’re wearing a hat. Take it off.
There is no pretender to Graham’s rightful claim to be Britain’s first eBayer. He’s still active today, selling some curios here and there, just like he was back in 1996 when John Major was Prime Minister and very few of us were even using the web. Let alone selling on the eBay.
So we asked for Graham’s reflections on his fifteenth anniversary as an eBay seller:
“Ten years ago I said that eBay saw its future as a giant ecommerce site and that this would eventually be at the cost of the smaller seller.
Clearly this has come to pass. Fees have increased. Discounts have been slashed and yet eBay says its discount budget has increased – it’s obvious where the money is going.
That said, eBay has been good for me. Although Amazon et al are obviously rivals for the big-money sellers, for the likes of myself, normally auctioning collectors’ items, it still the only show in town.”