eBay are celebrating 15 years of ecommerce in the UK and in that time have transformed how people shop. Thinking back 15 years the Internet had hardly come to the UK and certainly it wasn’t mainstream with practically everyone having access as they do today.
Early pioneers such as Graham Fosdyke had already registered on eBay.com and a young chap by the name of Dan Wilson had just left Uni and got a job with eBay the day before they started trading on eBay.co.uk in British pounds.
15 years later and Graham is still trading on eBay, Dan hasn’t worked there for years and now writes for Tamebay, and eBay itself has changed enormously. Collectively eBay sellers have sold over three billion items worth a staggering £65bn and in their 15th year eBay have been crowned the most popular UK retail site.
There’s some confusion over eBay UK’s exact birthday, Dan was there on the 29th July when they opened the doors but the official press launch wasn’t until later in the Autumn. The exact date doesn’t matter so much as the opportunities eBay have given thousands of sellers to make their living or supplement their income by selling on the site, not to mention the buyers who have bought each and every one of the three billion items sold on eBay UK.
eBay UK have dug into the archives for 15 fast facts to celebrate their 15th Birthday but what’s your favourite memory from your time on eBay? Is it a memorable sale, something you bought, someone you met? Tell us in comments below
eBay’s UK birthday facts
1. The first item sold on eBay.co.uk was a three track CD from German rock outfit, The Scorpions, for £2.89
2. In 15 years eBay has sold three billion items, worth £65bn
3. last Christmas, 14 gifts were bought on eBay each second
4. Lady Thatcher’s Handbag sold on eBay for £103,000
5. Princess Beatrice’s royal wedding hat (aka ‘the pretzel’) fetched more than £80,000 on eBay with proceeds going to Unicef and Children in Crisis
6. Ahead the Brazil World Cup, 24 football shirts sold every hour
7. In the UK an item is bought every second via the eBay app
8. A pair of shoes sells every 7 seconds a handbag every 19 seconds via mobile
9. 9pm is the peak time for tablet shopping
10. Today, more than 140 UK brands and retailers can be found on eBay
11. 75% of items sold on eBay are sold at fixed price
12. UK businesses selling on eBay each export to an average of 39 counties – higher than anywhere else
13. Over 200,000 businesses large and small sell on eBay in the UK
14. Close to £70 million has been raised from the generosity of Brits buying items through eBay for Charity, raising funds for thousands of charities across the UK
15. Over 19 million Brits visit eBay every month – that’s well over one third of the UK’s adult population
Final thought (which will undoubtedly get me some frowns from eBay)… on their 10th birthday in 2009 they gave everyone ten days of free listings. Do you think we’ll get 15 days of free listings for their 15th brithday?