Top 1000 eBay sellers in world revealed

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The guys over at Web Retailer have updated their league table of the top 1000 eBay sellers in the world. And it makes for some interesting and sometimes surprising reading. Here is the global top ten of eBay sellers:

Top 1000 eBay sellers
(All the illustrations are courtesy of Web Retailer)

The full analysis, and there’s lots of interest, can be found here. Here are a few interesting pull-out points. The number of Chinese businesses in the top 1000 that sell cross-border to the UK is up by 42%, whilst the number of UK sellers in the list has fallen by 18. In fact, if trends continue, the UK could find itself beaten into second place next year by Germany.

These are the top ten eBay sellers in the UK according to the findings:
Top 1000 ebay sellers

And this will also be of interest too. The biggest Chinese and Hong Kong sellers and, needless to say, all exporters:

top 1000 eBay sellers

(A word about the methodology they use to determine the top 1000 eBay sellers. As you’ll know, eBay (and indeed Amazon) jealously guard sales data. Unless they are forced to they don’t even break out sales on a country basis, let alone seller by seller. So the Web Retailer list uses a proxy to come up with its results: feedback. So these are not the biggest sellers by sales volume but the biggest recipients of unique positive feedback. That’s why someone like worldofbooks and musicmagpie perform so well: they sell a great volume of usually low value items. So whilst it is a useful indicator it’s not a indicator sales volumes.)

20 Responses

  1. Whoop Whoop I’m in the list again, quite high up too.

    But why am I not excited about it?

    I guess I should be quite proud but nothing about eBay excites me much anymore!!

  2. MAGPIE surprise surprise my eyeballs roll, the marketplace killers. Double the next closest seller.
    99% Argos in 4th wonder what there defects are ????, even if it is on feedback still gives you a good idea, our FB is down by half so are our eBay sales however.

    Our Cat is not even in the top 15 and apparently that is one of the highest searched sectors???? Tamebay wrote about it last week???? , not one seller (magpie do not count) , and we have some big firms, not surprised really the margins don’t work on eBay and there is way too many of us now plus Amazon has taken the whole industry on a ride to the bottom this year.

    3 big brands on ebay UK and something tells me that will be more next year.

    If JamesH the big shark is not excited am defo not excited now….

  3. 257 in the U.K. Rankings.

    Not bad but not exciting at all. Being beaten by Babz media who shut ages ago says a lot.

  4. Ha, certainly don’t see myself as a big shark at all, that’s why I was very surprised to see myself in the top 300 last year and this year slipped down a bit.

    I don’t see much of a future for us with eBay, our fees are the best part of £20K per year yet I don’t feel like a valued eBay customer. It is a strange feeling, all our other suppliers respect us and we work well together, we all know we all in it to try and make a bit of money, we have a partnership and need each other. But not eBay, they make me feel like a piece of dirt on their shoe.

    I have been planning an eBay exit strategy for some years, we are getting there but not ready to switch it off just yet. My biggest problem is morals, I grew the business rapidly thanks to eBay sales, I have moved to bigger premises several times and here is the problem, I have taken on extra staff purely to deal with the hassles that eBay throws at us.

    I am sure if we ditched eBay our sales would drop a lot, we would need to get rid of staff, but I would be better off both mentally not having to deal with the scammers and fraudulent buyers, being treated like dirt by eBay and financially we would have a better profit. Yes, less turnover but more profit. But I like my staff, I have 8 full-time whos families rely on me for an income, that’s a tough decision to make. And it is against my nature, I am an entrepreneur, I want to grow and be the best but I really don’t see my partnership with eBay getting any better soon!

  5. This is the Top FEEDBACK eBay sellers. Not the top sellers. I would argue that even the ones with the most revenue are not top sellers – Turnover – vanity, Profit – sanity.

  6. We’ll take this with a pinch of salt. No idea how a seller with last feedback over a year ago can be classed as a “Top” eBay seller?

  7. means nowt
    in fact it means less than nowt
    anyone high on this list is a busy dog being wagged by the tail

  8. If you look at “The Top eBay Sellers in China / Hong Kong”.

    3 of the top 6 all have the same VAT number and are listing the same products. So it must be the same company with duplicate accounts and duplicate listings. They actually have 9 accounts using the same VAT number and company – all duplicates…

    I am sure Joe Billante from eBay told the PAC Heading that was against eBay policy and they took action against this type of behaviour…..

  9. the big pull out point
    with so many sales ,from so many,
    sellers can whinge until they go blue, concerning picture watermarks,
    contact details etc ,
    ebay will not give a monkeys

  10. Yay!! Higher up on the list of UK sellers this time! Actually happy considering how much eBay is annoying me atm.


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