These days nearly everyone has had some sort of eBay experience. It's rare to find a regular Internet user who doesn't buy and sell on eBay at least every now and then. But even if you buy and sell on eBay regularly, how well do you really know eBay? Did you know that the first item ever listed on eBay was broken? Or that eBay knows how to send text messages? Or that your tax preparer needs to know about your eBay life?
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What do a broken laser pointer, Apple Computer, and a man named Pierre have in common? All are steps along the road to the evolution of eBay as we know it today, and all are part of a very interesting story.
What is eBay?
About eBay the Business
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Ever use Kijiji, Shopping.com, or Bill Me Later to buy or sell? Rent.com to find an apartment? StubHub to find tickets? MicroPlace.com to invest in the third world? Did you know that when you use these, you're using eBay? There's more to eBay than the eBay auction website. eBay has been busy over the years building a portfolio of acquisitions and relationships to diversify its presence online.
eBay 1999-2009 Timeline
A PayPal Primer
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At live auctions everything happens out in the open—it's loud and boisterous bid and counterbid until the gavel falls. Not quite so at eBay.
If you've ever felt confused, cheated, bothered, or just plain stymied by the way that bidding works on eBay and how fast "outbids" seem to happen, you may want to read on to learn about eBay's "Proxy Bidding" system.
Why do I always get outbid?
How do bid increments work?
Bid on Items, Not Auctions
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His name is Jim Griffith and he's become known as "the voice of eBay," hosting a regular Internet radio program about all things eBay. If you're interested in honing your eBay skills and expanding your eBay lifestyle but are more the "listening type" than the "reading type," eBay Radio may be just the thing for you.
Using eBay Wiki
Blogs About eBay
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