#eBayStories – Play a starring role in eBay’s latest campaign

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Could you or your business play a starring role in eBay’s latest campaign? If you are an eBay lover or seller with a great story to tell then you could win a professional shoot to record your #eBayStory and have your business or eBay tale promoted across eBay’s social media. Here at Tamebay we always love hearing about our readers stories, so we’ll be sure to highlight the #eBayStories here as well as soon as they are made public.


eBay UK has launched #eBayStories, a social campaign that puts sellers and buyers at its very heart by sharing stories of the eBay community. The online marketplace is launching a competition to find its next #eBayStory. eBay will send a professional film crew to the successful entrant to capture their story to publish and promote across its social channels. To enter, all you need to do is send your story and requested details outlined below to [email protected].

Whether you have an inspirational business start-up story, or have made an eBay purchase that simply changed your life, eBay will be utilising its social channels to share far and wide the tales that keep the online marketplace ticking – could the next #eBayStory be yours?

“eBay is a platform that truly connects people. The small and medium businesses that sell on our platform are some of the most hardworking in the country, and our buyers are some of the most passionate. That’s why we’ve created #eBayStories; a series of videos showcasing the amazing people that make eBay what it is today, and we encourage all businesses and customers of eBay to share their stories for a chance to be featured and promoted on our channels.”
– Rob Hattrell, Vice President, eBay UK

How to enter #eBayStories

  • Write a short entry about your #eBayStory – 700 words max
  • Submit your entry with your details to [email protected]
  • Include your: eBay user ID, Name, Telephone, Email address, Business address and Business name (if applicable)

Entries must be in by the 17th of May and the winner will be chosen by the 17th of June, with the video shoot taking place before the 17th of November (realistically probably much sooner). Full terms and conditions are available here.

Winning Prize

  • A videography and photography team to either visit you at your business premises, or your location of choice, as mutually agreed in writing between you and eBay, to capture your #eBayStory
  • This will be shared across eBay’s social channels and promoted under the #eBayStories campaign


This competition follows the launch of eBay’s recent SMB anthem which features a variety of eBay sellers and their common hard-working ethic and determination to run successful businesses. From pet supplies, to luxurious home furnishings – the anthem showcases a variety of businesses that all make a living by selling on the platform. Watch the video and read their #eBayStories for inspiration to enter the competition.

Raimonda Navickaite – Holdall & Co | Corby, UK

With the aim of combining design, functionality and craftsmanship, designer and maker Raimonda Navickaite started Holdall & Co to create beautiful products which can stand the test of time. Every product is individually handmade from the highest quality leathers in their Northamptonshire workshop using traditional leathercraft skills and tools.

Since launching in 2012 with the help of The Princes Trust, Holdall & Co has sold tens of thousands of products internationally, produced handmade bespoke props for major movies shot at Leavesden and Pinewood Studios, and has been featured by top fashion bloggers and publications including the Financial Times, GQ, The Guardian, Metro and London Evening Standard.


Fred, Dave and Bill Evans – Toolsave | Wolverhampton, UK

Fred and Dave Evans - Toolsave - Wolverhampton, UK #eBayStoriesThree brothers, Fred, Dave and Bill founded Toolsave 20 years ago and supply hand and power tools for home and garden improvements. Expanding to overseas markets like Poland and Holland, the brothers have continually adapted their approach to business with many learnings along the way. The brothers are not afraid of trying new ideas and since travelling to China to purchase a new line of products, they have seen their sales skyrocket. Toolsave had been selling on eBay for 15 years, offering high-quality products for a better price, before becoming one of 64 businesses to join eBay’s Retail Revival Programme in Wolverhampton. Toolsave hope to double or even triple their turnover with eBay’s support in the next year.


Mike Dixon: Hugglepets – | Wolverhampton, UK

Based in Wolverhampton, HugglePets is the UK’s leading Pet, Reptile and Aquatics retailer. Hand selecting the highest quality products for pet owners in the UK, HugglePets is passionate about pets. Benefitting the business’s local community is a strong priority for the team. They run many projects that utilise animal-related therapy initiatives that support mental health and social integration for the young and the old. Hugglepets is also enrolled on to eBay’s Retail Revival programme and since participating, the business has grown to such an extent that it has been able to build a sensory aquarium at their premises to help teach young children with learning difficulties about plastic pollution.


Jade Oliver, Heavenly Homes and Gardens | Bristol, UK

Jade Oliver, 34 from Bristol, gave up her job as a corporate lawyer to set up her own business on eBay, Heavenly Homes and Gardens. From what started as reupholstering furniture to sell on eBay, Heavenly Homes and Gardens now also sells faux silk flowers and home accessories and turns over more than £100,000 each year.
Jade’s customers include fashion designers, theatres and well-known film production sets. To commemorate Jade’s success, she was awarded the ‘Career change Award’ by the online marketplace at The eBay for Business Awards in 2018.


Ed Snelson and Hannah Benson, Signature Printing Ltd. | Chester, UK

Ed Snelson and his business partner Hannah Benson, started their eBay business in 2014 out of a spare bedroom as a side hustle when they were both in 9-5 jobs. Fast forward five years, and the business duo have left their full-time roles to run their company which is now on track to achieve sales of £1.5 million turnover this year.

Their shop, The Print House, offers a wide range of unique gifts that can be personalised, including items of clothing, homewares and accessories.

Operating out of two retail units and currently employing six full time employees, the pair plan to grow the business rapidly, doubling their staff and moving to larger premises within the next two years.


2 Responses

  1. Our personal review on ebay as a company: Being an ebay seller is possibly one of the worse things our company have taken on. Its so much hard work and we are not treated with enough trust or respect as a company the whole system is also a very slow process. We are constantly having to contact ebay to resolve issues , simple things such as releasing our funds in time. We are selling items , some abroad and having to front postage and wait for payments for up to three weeks from the ebay sale, we were told funds clear once the items are delivered but this has proven over and over to be untrue. The site has a glitch also and items are being duplicated and still advertised after they have sold. We have also found some problems with buyers damaging items and returning them or claiming defect and returning tampered items- there is not enough support for sellers just an easy way for buyers to manipulate the return process, which we pay for. Contacting and communicating with customer services is not an easy task as most just do not seem human enough or care to understand the problems we face trying to use the site. The premium we pay to use ebay on top of the extra time and problems created by using it we have worked out that we are currently running at a loss and is not a profitable direction for our company. Hopefully someone at ebay can read this and understand the real issues sellers face by trying to overcome the brick wall they push us up against. Ebay would be a much better site to use if they respected sellers more and made it actually worth while to sell through them.

  2. I LOVE EBay, buying and selling!!
    I’ve sold lots of household item’s we no longer needed, clothes the girl’s had outgrown too! Find it so easy to understand and list, all really there to be followed, even for a bored old Mum like me!
    I now think I have found a little niche for myself………..and as my family have all grown up and all working full time, now have the time to source my products in the hope of importing them and starting a new little business which I can work around my family and home……….now how cool is that??
    The beauty of Ebay is that you can be selling thing’s and making money without having to be at the computer or stood in a shop with a massive rent and lease tied around your neck!
    Once I test the market and my new product sells, I’ll then go full on and open an Ebay shop……………..watch this space!!


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